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1. This city is the largest in Russia and has been the economic and cultural center of the country for centuries. Amongst the many famous sites here are Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral. The Ostankino Tower, the tallest free standing structure in Europe, can also be found here. Which city on the Moskva River is this?
2. This city is often called Russia's second city but it is the most populous on the Baltic Sea. This city infamously has been called several different names including Leningrad and Petrograd. The most famous sites here are the Hermitage Museum and Peter and Paul Fortress. This city is also home to Europe's tallest skyscraper, Lakhta Center. Which city is this?
3. This city, formerly called Molotov, is located at the base of the Ural Mountains. Its location made it a popular trade route between Europe and Asia. The present-day name of the city may come from the Hungarian word for edge because the city is (relatively) on the edge of continents. The city is a major industrial center in Russia. Which city on the Kama River is this?
4. This Siberian city is well known for its surrounding natural beauty. The city's claims to fame include a large hydroelectric dam and a famous meteorite which is the first of its kind to be studied widespread. Historically, this city was once known for its gulags but during World War II, it became an industrial center. Which city is this?
5. This Russian city was named after Catherine I of Russia. The most famous location in this city is Church of All Saints also called Church on the Blood. It was built on the location where the Romanovs were murdered in July 1918. Which city, nicknamed the Window to Asia, is this?
6. This Russian city serves as the connection point of the Northern and Southern branches of the Trans-Siberian Railway. It is also an important stop on river routes transporting oil from and into Kazakhstan. The most famous building in the city is Dormition Cathedral where Bishop Sylvester was martyred. Which city is this?
7. This city is one of the main hubs of the oil industry in Russia. Because of this, the city is considered one of the dirtiest in Russia and has a reputation for smelling like chemicals. It is located just to the west of the Ural Mountains. This city has a large Muslim population and is home to the Lala Tulpan, one of Russia's largest mosques. Which city is this?
8. This city is the largest in Siberia. It is located on the Ob River. The biggest tourist attraction here is the world-famous zoo known for its work with endangered species. Historically, this city has had its ups and downs. It was nearly ruined during the Russian Civil War but was revitalized when industry poured in during World War I. Which city is this?
9. This city is located just off the coast of the Sea of Azov. It is one of the warmest cities in Russia. Historically, this city was occupied by Germans during both world wars and was the site of a massacre that saw nearly 30,000 Soviet Jews murdered at Zmievskaya Balka. Which city is this?
10. A fitting end to this tour of Russian cities is this city which is the last stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Despite being firmly in Asia, this city's culture is heavily European. This city lies on the Pacific Ocean and is a port for the Russian Navy. Which city of the Russian Far East is this?
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