Russia By rory angott

The Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and now the Russian Federation have had a great influence on the world. Though it's had numerous names, Russia has, through its entire history, been a vital entity in the worlds political, cultural, economic, and religious matters.

Political: Kremlin

Are you interested in politics? Moscow may be the perfect city for you to visit! Within the Kremlin you can see the history of three separate governments, the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the current Russian Federation. All three have, at one point or another, had their capitals in Moscow and all situated within the Kremlin, Moscow's political beacon. Learn about former Russian Czars, former Soviet leaders, and even the few presidents the Russian Federation has had in its short, but growing, history. Along with the Kremlin, Moscow is home to Red Square, formerly known as Trinity Square. Where the beginning of the Bolshevik Revolution took place, along with many protests throughout the Russian Empire's history, as well as the USSR'S, and Russian Federation's.

Cultural: St. Petersburg

Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, St. Petersburg, formerly Petrograd and Leningrad, was literally built as Russia's cultural window to the western world. In St. Petersburg, you can visit the Winter Palace, the former home of many Russian Czars, which has today been converted to the State Hermitage Museum. Aside from the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg has been an epicenter for Russian arts and home to the St. Petersburg State Medical University, a renowned institution in Russia and the place many Russian youth strive to attend.

Economic: Vladivostok

Being part of Russia's economic powerhouse, Vladivostok is the largest trade port on Russia's Pacific coast. Due to its economic opportunities, Vladivostok attracts immigrants from all over Northeastern Asia, especially China, making it one of Russia's most diverse cities. Aside from seeing people from all over the world in Vladivostok, you can visit its buzzing harbor--full of container ships from all over the world offering goods to Russia and the Russian people.

Religious: St. Basil's Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat, more commonly known as St. Basil's Cathedral, is located in Red Square, Moscow. Commisioned by Ivan the Terrible, St. Basil's was built to mark the 1552 capture of Kazan from Mongol forces but aside from that, the reasons for it being built are mysteries. Which is what makes the sight so interesting! You can learn all about the history of Russia's religion, which at what point it mandated by the state to be atheist in the Soviet Union, throughout their history at St. Basil's.

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Created with images by Gael Varoquaux - "Shavla lakes, Siberia" • larrywkoester - "Kremlin" • 雷太 - "Amur Bay panorama, Vladivostok" • jurvetson - "St. Basil’s Cathedral"

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