Apart from giving refuge to the troubled and destitute, the city also stole the heart of many renowned artists, thinkers and philosophers.
There are increasing concerns that Russian authorities will take advantage of lockdown measures.
The approval came just two days after Putin signed the reform bill, which has faced fierce criticism from opposition figures who say it will allow the longtime Russian leader to become "president for life."
Constitutional changes allowing Vladimir Putin to run for president again in 2024 sail through both houses of parliament, raising prospect he could clock up over three decades in Kremlin and rule longer than Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
The Russian president’s enormous influence over the country’s destiny has forced comparisons between Putin and the former Tsars.
In 1944, over 92,000 Ahiska Turks, also known as Meskhetian Turks, were expelled from Georgia’s Meskheti region by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, according to the World Ahiska Turks Association.
Fortified with barbed wire and overseen by armed guards who would shoot to kill, the Berlin Wall came down in November 1989, following the collapse of communism.
With his sharp and witty political commentary, wheelchair-bound Alexander Gorbunov stirred Russia's public discourse, gaining over a million followers on Twitter in a short time and attracting the attention of the police.
For almost a year, mainly American and British pilots created a lifeline to support war-ravaged West Berlin, then encircled and blockaded by Soviet forces, with food and fuel.
Can Russian President Vladimir Putin pick up where the US has failed in the Korean Peninsula?
Russia has been targeting the Tatars with illegal detentions and other threats, even forcing them out of Crimea, but the ethnic minority refuses to accept Moscow's sovereignty
The bunker complex built in 1942 was an alternative headquarters of the Armed Forces, led by the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin.
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