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Jun 1, 2017

Going underground: riding the Moscow metro

Going underground: riding the Moscow metro

Moscow’s metro is one of the busiest and most visually stunning underground systems in the world. Created as a showcase for the Soviet Union, its elaborate, spacious stations are adorned with mosaics, marble statues and stained glass that tell the story of the communist state.

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A bird flies over the entrance to Kropotkinskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia, March 27, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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An element of interior design showing Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin is seen at Dobryninskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia, May 29, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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Commuters walk through Fonvizinskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia, April 13, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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People travel on an escalator at Park Kultury metro station, Moscow, Russia March 14, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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A man reads a newspaper at Baumanskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia, March 27, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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A woman walks along Elektrozavodskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia, March 26, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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A women enters Vykhino metro station in Moscow, Russia, April 14, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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A station manager controls trains coming and leaving the platform as she sits in a booth at Zhulebino metro station in Moscow, Russia, April 18, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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People wait for the train at Kurskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia, March 21, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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People ride the Shakespeare branded train at Park Pobedy metro station in Moscow, Russia, April 13, 2017. In 2016 the British Council together with the Moscow Metro launched the "Shakespeare train" to mark the 400th anniversary of ShakespeareÕs death. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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People ride the metro train during rush hour in Moscow, Russia, April 18, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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The platform controller signals that the train can leave at Komsomolskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia, March 24, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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An interior view shows Slavyansky Bulvar metro station in Moscow, Russia, April 13, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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An interior view shows Park Pobedy metro station in Moscow, Russia, April 13, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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People walk during rush hour at Kievskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia, April 17, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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People wait for the train at Kievskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia, April 17, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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People walk up the stairs at Kievskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia, April 17, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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A couple kisses in front of a mosaic depicting Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin at Kievskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia, March 21, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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An interior view shows Aviamotornaya metro station in Moscow, Russia, April 13, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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Dancers from the Ballet Moscow theatre watch Alexander Pepelyaev's "Cafe Idiot" show from backstage at Dostoyevskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia, March 12, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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Station managers gather at their office while they control the trains coming and leaving the platform at Komsomolskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia, March 24, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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An employee washes the train carriage at Krasnaya Presnya metro depot in Moscow, Russia, March 20, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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Employees repair the rail track at Sukharevskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia, March 26, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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A worker restores a stucco ornament during renovations at Kievskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia, March 18, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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A woman touches a sculpture of a dog at Ploschad Revolyutsii (Revolution Square) metro station in Moscow, Russia, March 27, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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A train arrives at Rumyantsevo metro station in Moscow, Russia, April 18, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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People ride the escalators at Sretensky Bulvar metro station in Moscow, Russia, April 12, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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A passenger plays hopscotch at Biblioteka Imeni Lenina metro station in Moscow, Russia, March 27, 2017. GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS

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