Moscow Journals

Early June in Moscow

A June 2005 trip to Moscow by KDKerr

Quote: Moscow may be considered part of European Russia, but its Soviet history and culture define the city. Life in the new Russia continues to improve with every passing day, but the combination of capitalism and corruption evokes a Wild West mentality. Its rich history, chaotic political climate, grandiose architecture, and volatile economy provide an atmosphere of constant change. Be aware that the Russia you visit today will be vastly different than the one five years from now.

Early June in Moscow

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Overview

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Take in Red Square during the evening. You won't be able to visit any of its historic and cultural attractions, but every building will be bathed in light. Security barriers will have been removed, and most of the pickpockets and panhandlers are gone for the day. Plenty of bars and cafés surround Red Square, which adds enjoyment to a nighttime excursion. Make sure you locate Kilometer Zero, the starting point for measuring distance within Russia. Here you'll find a crowd of people awaiting their turn to stand on the marker and toss a coin to make a wish or for good luck... I'm not sure which. There are people that toss three coins and some just one. I wasn't ever able to determine a standard pro...Read More

Cosmos Hotel

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Hotel

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The Cosmos Hotel is located in the northern suburbs, and it is just a 20-minute drive to downtown Moscow. Please note that the 20 minutes of driving time is based on little to no traffic congestion on Prospect Mira. The hotel has 1,777 guest rooms with 154 very posh executive rooms and the Cosmos Club, available on the 24th and 25th floors. Each room has a private bathroom, central air-conditioning (which you cannot control), satellite TV, Internet access, and a small refrigerator. To keep the room at a cool temperature, I had to completely open the room's one small window. The rest of the hotel operates like a small city, with services including laundry and dry cleaning, currency exchange, and ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 10, 2005

Cosmos Hotel
150 Prospect Mira
Moscow, Russia
7 (495) 234 1000

Lenin's Mausoleum (Mavzolei V.I. Lenina)

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Attraction | "Lenin's Mausoleum"

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You may have heard the cliche that "right now, (insert name) is rolling over in his/her grave." If this statement is ever proved true, it will probably be Lenin flailing wildly inside of his glass coffin. According to the Rough Guide to Moscow, a person wishing to view Lenin's body in Red Square will wait about ten minutes for the privilege. It should be a relatively painless, no-cost experience for tourists interested in seeing one of the most famous Russians. Well, I'm here to tell you that capitalism is flourishing in the New Russia, and it is beyond ironic that its ideals are being used to such great effect at this monument to socialism/communism. The security measures in Red Squar...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 9, 2005

Lenin's Mausoleum (Mavzolei V.I. Lenina)
Red Square (Krasnaia Ploshchad')
Moscow, Russia 103073
+7 095 923 5527

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Within Lonely Planet's Moscow Guide, there was a section called "The Great Moscow Police Tourist Rip-off." Mention of this scam didn't appear within the Rough Guide to Moscow, and I didn't see it take place for the first 2 days I spent wandering around the city. I assumed it was a form of corruption that had been purged from police practice... that ism until I saw it in action at Krasnopresnenskaya metro station. Moscow's metro system is known for being safer than its St. Petersburg counterpart. There is a stronger police presence within the Moscow stations, which decreases the ability for criminals to engage in pick-pocketing and other petty crimes. Unfortunately, one officer working at the top...Read More