Russian White House
The Russian White House is younger than many other attractions in Moscow but still has its fair share of history and importance. Its political past and looks attract plenty of visitors every year, eager to explore and learn more about the tumultuous years.
House of Government of the Russian FederationThe Russian White House is also known as the House of Government of the Russian Federation. It was designed in the 1960s by architects Chechulin and Shteller, both of whom have also designed several of the Moscow metro stations. The building was completed in 1981 after over 15 years of construction and was originally known as the House of Soviets. The White House first served as the home of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation, a division within the USSR, before its dissolution in 1993.
Damaged and renovatedBefore the collapse of the Soviet Union, however, the White House saw future President Boris Yeltsin calling for troops and police to turn against party leaders in the wake of a coup attempt. Later, in September 1993, Yeltsin caused another stir at the White House by calling for the election of a new Duma, a part of the Russian parliament. The White House was stormed and damaged, but was later renovated. In contemporary times, the building continues to be a government office and home to the Prime Minister of Russia.
The White House is on the Krasnopresnenskaya Embankment, east of the Moskva River. From the Radisson Blu Slavyanskaya Hotel and Business Center, it’s a nice 30-minute walk north along the riverbank. By metro, you can travel from the adjacent Kievskaya Station north to the Krasnopresnenskaya Station, and the White House is a few minutes’ walk away.