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Moscow

[mos-koh or for 1, 2, -kou]
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  1. Russian Moskva. a city in and the capital of the Russian Federation, in the W part: capital of the former Soviet Union.
  2. Also called Grand Duchy of Moscow. Muscovy(def 1).
  3. a city in W Idaho.
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Russian Federation

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  1. a republic extending from E Europe to N and W Asia. 6,593,000 sq. mi. (17,076,000 sq. km). Capital: Moscow.
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Also called Russia, Russian Republic.Formerly Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic.

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

noun
  1. a former federal union of 15 constituent republics, in E Europe and W and N Asia, comprising the larger part of the former Russian Empire: dissolved in December 1991. 8,650,069 sq. mi. (22,402,200 sq. km). Capital: Moscow. Abbreviation: U.S.S.R., USSR
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Also called Russia, Soviet Union.
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Moscow

noun
  1. the capital of Russia and of the Moscow Autonomous Region, on the Moskva River: dates from the 11th century; capital of the grand duchy of Russia from 1547 to 1712; capital of the Soviet Union 1918–91; centres on the medieval Kremlin; chief political, cultural, and industrial centre of Russia, with two universities. Pop: 10 672 000 (2005 est)Russian name: Moskva Related noun: Muscovite
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Russian Federation

noun
  1. See Russia
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Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

noun
  1. the official name of the former Soviet Union
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Word Origin and History for moscow

Moscow

Russian capital, named for Moskva River, of unknown origin. Moscow mule, vodka cocktail, attested from 1950.

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moscow in Culture

Moscow

Capital and largest city of Russia, located in the west-central region on the Moscow River; Russia's economic and cultural center.

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The Kremlin, Russia's political and administrative headquarters, is at the center of the city. Adjoining the Kremlin is Red Square.

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Its landmarks and institutions include the tomb of Lenin, the University of Moscow, Gorki Central Park, and the Bolshoi Ballet Theater.

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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.

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Official name of the former Soviet Union.

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