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Moscow the capital of Russia, was the capital of the Soviet Union. Located in the interior of European Russia, Moscow was the core of the developing Russian state during the slow recovery following the Mongol invasions of the 13th century. The Kremlin, Moscow's ancient fortress, was used by the Soviet government as central administrative offices.

Moscow was developed by the Soviet Union as a major manufacturing center. Together with St. Petersburg, Moscow remains a major Russian cultural center.