The best places in Russia: magic of the Moscow metro

January 1, 1970

by Evgeny Kulkov

One of the best places in Russia for tourists  is Moscow. And one of the most interesting places of our capital is the Moscow metro. When the revolution took place in Russia, the main idea was that everything in our country now belongs to the people. And if before the palaces belonged to the aristocracy, now the people must have their own palaces. Therefore, the metro stations of the capital became palaces for all the residents and guests of the city, all the passengers of the Moscow metro. And I must say that this plan was quite successful. There are special excursions for tourists in the Moscow metro. Let’s do our walking in Moscow and also make such a tour. And it will cost us 50 rubles ($0.8). This the price of a ticket in the Moscow metro, regardless of the number of stops and transfer from one line to another.

” Revolution Square”- the best station of Moscow metro

Let’s start our walking in Moscow from the Red Square, the main square of Russia. Let’s do two steps from it.  Here we will find the “zero kilometer”. It is the point of the geographical center of Moscow. Turning from here to the right we’ll see the entrance to the metro station “Revolution Square”. This is the pavilion-rotunda, lined with black marble. Even cash desk is made from marble, where we bought subway tickets. Well, 50 rubles are spent, and now we can start our tour. We go down to the station on the escalator. It’s long. The depth of the station is 37 meters. Below we will find a gallery of images.  They are soviet people of different occupations and professions. This station of the Moscow metro is the most populated by characters. 76 bronze figures are in the niches of its arches. Here both the athlete with a ball, and the girl with the book, and the grain grower with the ears of wheat clamped in a hand. The peculiarity of the entire sculptural composition is that there is not a single standing figure. All of them either sit or stand hunched over, as if ready to run. Due to this, the figures look very natural. Architect A. N. Dushkin wrote in his memoirs: “When the opening of the station took place, the General Secretary  Stalin, endorsed, walked quickly around the sculptures and said, “as alive as alive” with a Georgian accent…”


Who posed for statues in the Moscow metro

For some figures models were real people. The most interesting is the fate of one of them. Look at the figure of the sailor-signaller. Cadet of the Maritime College Olympiy Rudakov was a model for this figure, participating in the coronations of the two British monarchs! You ask me: “Is that possible?”

Yes, I tell you: as a cadet, he was in the crew of the battleship “Marat” of the Baltic fleet during a foreign campaign in England. This ship was sent there to participate in the international naval parade. This parade took place on May 20, 1937 in Portsmouth on the occasion of the coronation of king George VI of Great Britain. It was attended by about 200 ships of a number of fleets of the world. And in June, 1953, already as the captain, Olympiy Rudakov brought to Portsmouth other warship – the cruiser “Sverdlov” – for participation in naval parade on the occasion of Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne. Thus, Rudakov twice visited the English city of Portsmouth for the coronation of the British rulers-George VI and Elizabeth II. During the last ceremony he presented the newly minted Queen with a gift from the Soviet government — an ermine robe — and was awarded an invitation to dance on her part.

The magic of  the statues in the Moscow metro

By the way, this figure crewman signalman has magical properties. If early in the morning to touch the flag in the hands of the signalman, the day will be successful. And if you rub the revolver of the revolutionary sailor in the other arch, you will be lucky in money matters. Apparently, such luck is very much in demand, because this revolver is constantly stolen.

Those who are going on a love date or wants to get married, should touch shoes of a bronze girl with a book.

But, attention! In any case, do not rub bronze cock. And don’t touch his beak. Otherwise in your life there will be some trouble. It is a pity that not many people know this information. The rooster’s chest and the rooster’s comb are rubbed to shine, and in the hem of a woman who holds a cock, also they throw notes with their wishes.

But the most popular figure in the magical practices is the bronze dog of the frontier guard. Students say that the right sign to pass the exam is to rub its nose. If you need to pass only any test, it is sufficient to rub its paw. As a result, in peak hours of the day the whole line is lined up in front of the dog’s nose.

If you approach one of the escalators, there you can meet happy bronze family. On the one hand arch father raises his son. If you rub the boy’s foot, then your children will grow up well and they will rise high in life. On the contrary, the joyful mother settled down with her little son. The boy’s genitals shine brightly. Why? If you want to have a boy in your family – touch it.

“Okhotny Ryad” – the next station of Moscow metro

Well, now you know all the magical properties of Revolution Square station. Now our path leads to the station “Okhotny Ryad”. There is no direct transition, and we pass first through the “Teatralnaya” station, replacing the dark marble with light marble. And then we get to the station “Okhotny Ryad” passing “Teatralnaya” on the long and also marble tunnel. There constantly street musicians (or metro musicians?) playing classical music. And these are real violinists, saxophonists, guitarists – students of music schools of Moscow. And they are the best. I know, you remember,  that Moscow is the best place in Russia. And the music schools of Moscow are also the best.


“Okhotny Ryad” station is located on line 1 of the Moscow Metro. This metro line was opened in 1935, the first of all lines. In the song of the 30s of the last century, the cab driver sings about this metro line. His words are addressed to his horse: “… something in life confused cleverly: to harness you, I go in the morning from “Sokolniki” to “Park” on the subway”…

But you must be tired of my stories. Well, I’ll tell you about this line of the Moscow metro next time. Let’s continue our walking in Moscow. New stations of  Moscow metro and all their secrets are waiting for you!




Evgeny Kulkov

By Evgeny Kulkov

For many years I travel and do tourism. The journeys I have made and continue to make are divided into three types. First: economy-travel with my wife and two children (rent cheap housing, self-cooking, etc.). Second: single kayak trips along the rivers of Russia with visits to small towns and historical sites (about 40 rivers). Third: hitchhiking through Europe. I also love my Moscow and know a lot about my city. All that I have accumulated during my travels and my walks around Moscow, I want to share with you.


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