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Moscow City Day
With 2010 being Russia’s Year of the Teacher, this year’s863rd celebration of the founding of the city will place specialemphasis on youth and education. The birthday weekend runs04 to 05 September and the city promises to host more than3,500 different events, which are expected to be attended by more than two million people. As that’s quite a lot for us to writeabout, we will try to give you only the highlights. Down on RedSquare, undoubtedly the biggest event is the Moscow Military Tattoo which opens on September 04 and runs every night untilSeptember 09, (see page 16 for more details). Meanwhile in thesurrounding squares of Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya, Teatralnayaand Lubyanka stages will be erected and shows by local musi-cians, dancers and ‘respected artists of the Soviet Union’ will beperformed. The city’s Boulevard Ring will become ‘the boulevardof art’ aimed specifically at youngsters who want to expresstheir creativity and love of the city in crayons and paint, whilethe Hermitage gardens will host a book fair for adults and kids.Various events will also be taking place in Gorky park, the park at VDNKh (VVTs), Kolomenskoe, Tsaritsino and Park Pobedy will host its first festival of classical and jazz music (see pages49/50 for details on how to get there). And it just wouldn’t be areal birthday party without the fireworks blasting off at 22:00each night from Red Square and the hills of Park Pobedy.
Ramadan in Moscow
On the night of Tuesday August 11 the month long Muslim fast-ing holiday of Ramadan begins. It is estimated that Moscow hasbetween one and two million Muslims, most of whom hail fromTatarstan, Central Asiaand the Russian Cau-casus. For one monthMoscow Muslims willonly eat in the twilight hours until the holiday reaches its final cul-mination at the feast of Eid al-fatir or UrazaBayram as it is knownin Russia, which this year falls on Thursday September 09.The main hub of prayers and religious activity in Moscow isthe Grand Mosque just off Prospekt Mira. Due to the mosque’ssmall size and the high number of local Muslim’s wanting tomark the occasion, the atmosphere can get claustrophobicand in previous years local churches and halls have had tostand in to help the flow of worshippers. Although largely Tatar,the Grand Mosque accepts Muslims from across the Muslimworld as does the larger Memorial Mosque on Poklonnaya inPark Pobedy. Some embassies such as the Malaysian em-bassy also usually organise their own celebrations. For thoselooking to buy Halal products the Grand Mosque has its ownsupermarket, while the local markets Dorogomilovsky andDanilovsky have many Muslim sellers. See page 58 for Mosqueaddresses or head to the site www.muslim.ru for news fromthe Muslim community.
New Stations opened.
The expansion of Moscow’s massivemetro system continues as two new stations, Dostoevskayaand Marina Roscha on the light green line, opened this sum-mer. The Dostoevskaya station’s theme is obvious and if you are passing through the murals on the station platformsof shady looking Raskolnikov types in trench coats, make aninteresting (if not slightly disconcerting) passing interest. Thesecond station, Marina Roshcha, is themed around the ver-dant dacha filled area that was once here in the last century,and is filled with pretty mosaics of the Russian countryside.
Interchange at Belorusskaya closed.
The interchange at Belorusskaya metro station between the dark green andcircle lines will be closed all the way up until December 01, asthe escalators between the stations are replaced.
Moscow’s hottest station revealed.
And finally the hot-test stations of Moscow’s metro have been revealed. Whenit’s 30 degrees on the street and you are trapped down onthe platforms, it may feel like everywhere under the groundis a furnace, but according to recent testing the hottest sta-tions in Moscow is Chekovskaya with an average of 30 de-grees. Close behindon the sizzling scaleare Kievskaya, Ulitsa1905 Goda, Rech-noi vokzal and Tre-tyakovskaya wheretemperatures of 28- 29 degrees wererecorded. The study failed to mention thetemperature insidethe metro wagons,which we suspect is probably even higher. So high in fact that we’d probably rather not know.
Yom Kippur in Moscow
September is not only an important month in the Muslim calen-dar, Russia’s Jewish population will also be celebrating this monthwith Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement starting at sunset onFriday September 17. If you are looking to break the fast withsome good kosher food we recommend you head to the cafe of the Synagogue on ulitsa Bolshaya Bronnaya or try the delightfulChagall restaurant in the Jewish Cultural Centre on BolshayaNikitskaya ul. For contact details of your local synagogue or Jewish centre see page 58.
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Yuri Dolgoruki or Yuri Long-arms, is reputedto be the founder of Moscow and this statue,a masterpiece of socialist realism on Tver-skaya ploschad appeared in 1954. Photo by Dreamstime.
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