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Moscow in Photos: Why I Love Russia’s Red Square and Kremlin

One of my favorite places, the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. This is from 1994, or so. Photo credit: Helen Holter

One of my favorite places, the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. This is from 1994, or so.
Photo credit: Helen Holter

I don’t usually post stories or videos that I create at work on my personal web sites, but I do like this Russian oneMoscow in Photos: 12 Reasons Why We Love Red Square and the Kremlin,” published today.  I loved living and working in Moscow:  under Brezhnev and communism, under Gorbachev and perestroika, under Yeltsin and upheaval, and now visiting there under Putin and politics. I can’t begin to count the number of times I visited UNESCO-listed Red Square and the adjacent Kremlin, yet I still get chills at the sight of those crazy-colored, onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the icon of Red Square.

It seemed effortless putting this massive story together.  I found and sweetened all the photos; several are my vintage photos from long ago. I also shot and edited my videos of the bell-ringing at historic Kazan Cathedral (the “pink church”) in Red Square, and of course the research, writing and HTML anchor- linking are all my own. The only struggle was being asked to remove all the Russian Cyrillic words I had added to describe places, like Красная площадь (Red Square) or Кремль (Kremlin). Whatever.

This massive Lenin banner goes WAY back to the 1980s, when I was a student in the U.S.S.R. and witnessed the great November 7th parade in Red Square <br>Photo credit: Helen Holter</br>

This massive Lenin banner goes WAY back to the 1980s, when I was a student in the U.S.S.R. and witnessed the great November 7th parade in Red Square
Photo credit: Helen Holter

At work, they SEO-titled it Moscow in Photos: 12 Reasons Why We Love Red Square and the Kremlin,  but I would probably call it  – with no consideration to SEO – “Why I Keep Falling in Love with Moscow,” or something like “To Russia, With Love.”

Oops, that one’s already taken, I know.