The 870th anniversary of the founding of the city was celebrated Sept. 9th and 10th, with concerts and festivals held in parks and squares throughout Moscow.
In Red Square, Vladimir Putin addressed the assembled guests with a speech reminding them of Moscow’s rich history and symbolic meaning, but also its cutting edge futuristic development:
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The Russian president also dedicated a new public park and recreation center: Zaryadye Park. The beautifully landscaped area is located across from Red Square, right on the banks of the Moscow river, and includes a concert hall and interactive museum.
Putin toured the new facilities with Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin: