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Russian capital, named for Moskva River, of unknown origin. Moscow mule, vodka cocktail, attested from 1950.
Capital and largest city of Russia, located in the west-central region on the Moscow River; Russia's economic and cultural center.
Note: The Kremlin, Russia's political and administrative headquarters, is at the center of the city. Adjoining the Kremlin is Red Square.
Note: Its landmarks and institutions include the tomb of Lenin, the University of Moscow, Gorki Central Park, and the Bolshoi Ballet Theater.
Note: In 1991, hundreds of thousands of Muscovites, led by Boris Yeltsin, rallied against a coup that had overthrown reformist president Mikhail Gorbachev, resulting in the defeat of the coup plotters, the end of the communist system, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Official name of the former Soviet Union.