Moscow, the capital of Russia is located on the river Moskva in the western region of Russia. The real flavour of Moscow is situated in all the small nooks and crannies on every street. Russian contrasts are more present here than in any other city in Russia. Ancient monastries and ultra-modern monoliths stand side by side and the new russian millionares and the poor pensioners walk side by side in the same streets. Moscow's streets are lined with small monolithic department stores and beautiful churches that are being restored after the vandalism of the Soviet era and the hardline atheism.