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- The Kremlin is a fortified complex in the center of Moscow, Russia, made up of more than 15 buildings, 20 towers, and more than 1.5 miles of walls that are up to 21 feet thick.
- Since 1991, it’s been the official residence of Russia’s president, currently President Vladimir Putin.
- The complex is protected by an elite military regiment whose members must be able to hear a whisper from 20 feet away.
- On a recent trip to Russia, I visited the Kremlin. I had always imagined the Kremlin being full of administrative buildings, but instead I found beautiful palaces, cathedrals, museums, and gardens.
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The Moscow Kremlin is a fortified complex in the center of the city made up of more than 15 buildings, 20 towers, and more than 1.5 miles of walls that are up to 21 feet thick. It’s the official residence of President Vladimir Putin, although he doesn’t actually live there.
While there are actually many kremlins throughout Russia, Moscow’s is, by far, the most famous.
On a recent trip to Russia, I paid $10.50 for a ticket to visit a section of the Kremlin. Here’s what it looks like inside.
The Kremlin is a fortified complex in the center of Moscow, Russia.
It’s the official residence of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
The complex spans about 68 acres and includes at least 15 buildings, 20 towers, and gardens.
In some places, the walls are up to 21 feet thick.
Although the Kremlin is the president’s official residence, Putin doesn’t actually live there.
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Whereas the US president lives in the White House, the president of Russia doesn’t live at the Kremlin.
Instead, Putin’s Moscow home is the Novo-Ogoryevo residence, tucked away behind high walls patrolled by guards in a ritzy suburb west of the city.
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