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A Trip Down Memory Lane: Moscow in December, From 1935 Until Today

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Check out the photographs in Sputnik’s gallery captured from 1935 to the present day, and find out how the city has changed over the years and what events took place every December.

December is the last month of the year and the first month of the winter season. At this time, Moscow usually submerges in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, with millions of residents preparing to celebrate the upcoming New Year. But every December in the Russian capital was unique.

© Sputnik / Ivan Shagin / Go to the photo bankConstruction workers of the Moscow metro become its first passengers in 1935.
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Construction workers of the Moscow metro become its first passengers in 1935.
© Sputnik / Anatoliy Garanin / Go to the photo bankMoscow prepares to celebrate the New Year in 1939.
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Moscow prepares to celebrate the New Year in 1939.
© Sputnik / Anatoliy Garanin / Go to the photo bankPeople at a skating rink in Moscow, 1939.
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People at a skating rink in Moscow, 1939.
© Sputnik / Anatoliy Garanin / Go to the photo bankMoscow in November/December of 1941.
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Moscow in November/December of 1941.
© Sputnik / David Sholomovich / Go to the photo bankIce hockey on the Moscow State University campus, 1959.
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Ice hockey on the Moscow State University campus, 1959.
© Sputnik / Lev Polikashin / Go to the photo bankThe ashes of the Unknown Soldier buried at the ceremony in Moscow's Mayakovsky Square in 1966.
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The ashes of the Unknown Soldier buried at the ceremony in Moscow's Mayakovsky Square in 1966.
© Sputnik / Yury Artamonov / Go to the photo bankMoscow’s Old Arbat Street, 1967.
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Moscow’s Old Arbat Street, 1967.
© Sputnik / Yakov Berliner / Go to the photo bankA woman carries a Christmas tree, 1972.
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A woman carries a Christmas tree, 1972.
© Sputnik / Yuryi Abramochkin / Go to the photo bankBoney M's concert tour in Moscow. From left: Maizie Williams, Marcia Barrett, Liz Mitchell and Bobby Farrell during a walk in December 1978.
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Boney M's concert tour in Moscow. From left: Maizie Williams, Marcia Barrett, Liz Mitchell and Bobby Farrell during a walk in December 1978.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Fedorenko / Go to the photo bankFather Frost and Snow Maiden congratulate a little girl on the New Year, 1985.
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Father Frost and Snow Maiden congratulate a little girl on the New Year, 1985.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Vyatkin / Go to the photo bankThe funeral of Russian nuclear physicist and activist Andrei Sakharov in 1989.
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The funeral of Russian nuclear physicist and activist Andrei Sakharov in 1989.
© Sputnik / Yuriy Tutov  / Go to the photo bankRally of democratic forces against the establishment of a dictatorship on Sovetskaya Square in Moscow, December 23, 1990.
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Rally of democratic forces against the establishment of a dictatorship on Sovetskaya Square in Moscow, December 23, 1990.
© Sputnik / Alexander Polyakov / Go to the photo bankDancers perform on the New Year eve on Red Square in 1993.
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Dancers perform on the New Year eve on Red Square in 1993.
© Sputnik / Alexander Polyakov / Go to the photo bankThe Guard of Honor at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Kremlin Wall, 2002.
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The Guard of Honor at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Kremlin Wall, 2002.
© Sputnik / Dmitry Korobeinikov / Go to the photo bankParticipants of the international contest for professional models "Best of the Best" on Red Square, 2004.
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Participants of the international contest for professional models "Best of the Best" on Red Square, 2004.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Vyatkin / Go to the photo bankA traffic jam on the Garden Ring, Moscow, December 20, 2006.
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A traffic jam on the Garden Ring, Moscow, December 20, 2006.
© Sputnik / Sergey Sergeev / Go to the photo bankPlacing snow from Russia's Kemerovo Region on a ski ramp on Moscow's Vorobyovy Gory [Sparrow Hills] for the Mountain Slalom World Cup in 2008.
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Placing snow from Russia's Kemerovo Region on a ski ramp on Moscow's Vorobyovy Gory [Sparrow Hills] for the Mountain Slalom World Cup in 2008.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankA pedestrian walks in rainy weather on the Crimean bridge, Moscow, in 2011.
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A pedestrian walks in rainy weather on the Crimean bridge, Moscow, in 2011.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankA reindeer on the site of the Snow Queen festival in the center of Moscow, 2014.
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A reindeer on the site of the Snow Queen festival in the center of Moscow, 2014.
© Sputnik / Alexey Kudenko / Go to the photo bankA Christmas tree decoration lies in the snow, 2015.
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A Christmas tree decoration lies in the snow, 2015.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankNew Year's decorations representing the Kremlin outside Yevropeisky Mall in Moscow, 2016.
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New Year's decorations representing the Kremlin outside Yevropeisky Mall in Moscow, 2016.
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