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"Fountain of Friendship of Nations" located at the Moscow's All-Russian Exhibition Centre (VDNKh). Gilded statues of maidens in the national costumes of the sixteen Soviet republics encircle a golden wheat sheaf. The cream of the crop of the Soviet mineral extravagance.

As ar as tke location is concerned, the centre - a black pearl of Stalinist architecture - was opened on the 1st of August 1939 (and closed shortly after because of the nazi invasion). By 1989 the exhibition had 82 pavilions with the exhibition area of 700,000 square metres. Each pavilion had been dedicated to a particular region, industry or a field i.e.: pavilions "Ukraine", "Optics" (former "Leningrad" and "North-West"), "Grain" (former "Moscow region"), "Electrical engineering" (former "Belarus SSR"),"Space" etc.

In 1992, VDNKh was renamed, receiving its current name VVC. The term "VDNKh" is still in use, including the name of a nearby subway station. It occupies 2,375,000 square metres of which 266,000 square metres are used for indoor exhibits. It still functions as the main exhibition, lesiure and entertainment area of the capital.

Official web site : http://www.vvcentre.ru/

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