Yaroslavsky Station – The Trans-Siberian railway station in Moscow

Situated on Komsomolskaya Square, Moscow Yaroslavskaya has the highest passenger throughput of all nine of the capital’s main-line terminuses. It serves eastern destinations, including those in the Russian Far East, being the western terminus of the world’s longest railway line, the Trans-Siberian. The station takes its name from that of the ancient city of Yaroslavl which, lying […]

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Monument to Yuri Gagarin – The world’s first large-scale monument made of titanium in Moscow

The statue is made of titanium, a metal often used in spacecraft, and weighs 12 tons. Monument to Yuri Gagarin is a 42.5-meter high pedestal and statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first person to travel in space. The pedestal is designed to be reminiscent of a rocket exhaust. The monument was built for the 1980 Olympic Games. […]

The Luzhniki Stadium tragedy in Moscow

On 20 October 1982, the weather was snowy and extraordinarily cold for the middle of October. There were 82,000 match tickets available, but because of the freezing weather conditions only 16,500 tickets were sold. The stadium management decided to open only two of the four stands for fans: the East Stand (“C”) and the West Stand (“A”), […]