A June 1999 trip
to Moscow by tretjak
Quote: What the f**k are you going there for? You´ll be robbed and shot with a kalasjnikov by the Mafia! Our friends shook their heads in confusion when Olsson and I revealed our plans to visit the capital of the once proud Soviet Empire. In the end, however, I saw Moscow as backbitten, grand, proud, teeming with activity, historical---a city of contrasts---I will meet again
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2000
Attraction | "Gagarin Monument & Others"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 11, 2000
Attraction | "Magic Feelings at Red Square/Lenin's Tomb"
Red Square (Krasnaia Ploshchad')
Moscow, Russia 103012
From our window we had seen the giant rocket monument made of titanium(!), reaching 100 m. up in the sky. When we got there we were stunned and fascinated by the height of it and by the cool propaganda statues at the long side of the monument´s base. There were scientists inventing new things for the Soviet society, students, workers, and kosmonauts in CCCP helmets! Behind them all Lenin showed the way for the development of the Soviet society and the space program with his giant arm. Being dead since 1924 did not stop old 'Vlad'from being in charge of the Soviet space program...
Kosmonaut GagarinNiklas looked admiringly at the shining rocket and said dreamily, 'Hee hee.' This is a symbol of the Soviet citizens´ struggle for progress from the agricultural society to the space age: the triumph of the will over the plow. Below the monument is the Space museum filled with lots of Soviet space age memorabilia such as Sputniks, and other satellites. All texts are in Russian which improves the cult status of this remarkable museum. Being the only visitors, we were treated well and were even offered to watch a video of kosmonuat Yuri Gagarin´s space flight in 1961. The video (in Russian only, once again) showed the first man in space, Gagarin, in training, during the space flight, and when he returned home and met the thrilled masses at the Red Square. Very satisfied, we bid farewell to Gagarin. and went to the All Russia Exhibition Park where we saw all the 'fantastic' things the Soviet society claimed to have invented. Gagarin´s rocket Vostok, Tupolev airplanes, power lines and many more 'fantastic' things. At the top of one of the buildings a text reads ATOMINA ENERGIA' (nuclear energy). I like the fact that this propaganda stuff still remains, nine years after the fall of communism. Luckily for me, I guess, it´s too expensive to blow it all up. In the park, we found the most beautiful fountain we have ever seen. This magnificent fountain was lined with 15 gold-painted women symbolizing the 15 Soviet states. We were all very captivated by this. Niklas shouted enthusiastically, 'I´m so happy, I´m so happy!' As for me, I was on the same level of fascination. It felt like when I was 9 years old and went to an amusement park for the first time. In an area of 2x1 km there is a never ending flow of thrilling propaganda houses and statues. One specific example is the triumph arch celebrating the eventual defeat of Napoleon. In a huge hangar Gagarin is portrayed with a peace dove close to some satellites. Heavy! A part of the All Russia Exhibition Park has now been transformed into an amusement park. Sometimes the contrasts are sharp as when some 20 happy kids play in what could be described as a 'jump-tent' close to a statue of old 'Vlad' with a somber expression on his face.