Moscow is the capital of the world’s biggest nation and one of the world’s fastest growing economies, Russia. For years, Moscow was a largely inaccessible center of power in communist behemoth, the Soviet Union. However since the fall of communism in the early 1990s, Moscow has been injected with a sense of urgency to change as it has embraced capitalism wholeheartedly. So much so that Moscow today now boasts of a landscape that hosts the concrete slabs and high-rise apartments of the Stalinist era which co-exist cheek by jowl with restored opulent Orthodox churches, gleaming shop fronts and malls and flashy restaurants and clubs.
The communist era of shortages, empty retail stores and all round dreariness in Moscow has given away to an all pervading vibrancy as the streets of the Russian capital are now filled with eager vendors offering a plethora of goods. In fact Moscow has emerged from behind the Iron curtain as a favored vacation hotspot that offers visitors many must-see sights like the Kremlin, the Red Square and the Bolshoi Theater along with much entertainment and a wide array of cultural attractions that take the form of treasure filled museums and galleries. Moscow is today the heartbeat of the new Russia that offers an intriguing mix of history and politics along with a healthy dose of business and culture.