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This photo was taken from a parking lot just inside the Kremlin, outside the Armory museum. In the foreground is Borovitskaya Tower in the SW corner of the Kremlin, still with the communist red star on top, even though the Kremlin is now (for the time being) the center of a decidedly right-wing government. (I say "for the time being" because Russia is building a new government complex a few km west, and the Kremlin will then be used only for state occasions.) The star is still there - and on all the other Kremlin towers - because they weigh over a ton apiece, and too much trouble to remove.

In the distance is the Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer (Храм Христа Спасителя), which Stalin had blown up in 1931; it was reconstructed in 1994-97, at a time when Russia had little money to spare, and Boris Yeltsin, president at the time, decreed that no public money was to be spent on it. However, it ended up that the bulk of the USD $200 million cost did come from state funds, at a time when much of Moscow was in great poverty. (DK Eyewitness Travel) It is now one of the symbols of the newly revived Russian Orthodox church.

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