A new military-Patriotic Park “Patriot” is situated 55 km from Moscow, near the river Kubinka. The Park covers a gigantic area of 5,414 hectares. It is 21 times more than the Gorky Park, for example, and 10 times more than ENEA.
Here the scope is felt in everything and everywhere. One needs just to look at the flag mounted in the “Patriot”, 60 meters high, the largest in the country.
The main areas of activity of “Patriot” are army and sport. One can visit its exhibition of arms, from tanks of the Second world war to modern fighters. The tank biathlon, historical reenactment, moto freestyle, football field, the Rope Park for adults are always open to guests.
Don't miss the opportunity to take a trip to the branch office of — the “Central Museum of armored vehicles and armament”, military-historical complex “Guerrilla village”, the “Center for Military and tactical games” and the “Aerospace forces Center” and the “Congress and exhibition center”, where the demonstration sites under the open sky presents samples of Soviet and Russian armored vehicles, aircraft, armored and special vehicles. The exhibition is presented as on open sites and in closed halls.
Just in case you mistakenly heard that it was all ice and snow in Russia, take a peek at the Big Bikini Exposition. This is right on the river Moskva in Moscow!Moscow has been the capital of Russia for almost its entire history. The exception is during the period of the Russian Empire, which lasted from 1721 until the Russian Revolution 1917. For these two centuries the capital was St. Petersburg. The Russian Empire was the second largest contiguous Empire in world memory; only the Mongol Empire had been greater.Check out what's happening north of Mongolia these days, in ChitaAlthough you may not have heard of Sochi, on the Black Sea, they're building up quickly and hope to host the 2014 Olympics.Other periods of Russian history include the Tsardom of Russia, from Ivan IV to Peter the Great, and the Grand Duchy (14th-16th centuries).The earliest period of Russian history was ruled by the Novgorod Republic and Kievan Rus, which was the first Russian state dating back to 800AD in Kiev.Modern Russia remains one of the world's superpowers. They launched the earth's second satellite, called Sputnik 1, and were the first country to put a human being into orbit around earth. (The first one is called the Moon.)After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia became a federal republic of 83 states.Text by Steve Smith.