Everybody talks about Moscow, but few have any picture of the city in their mind's eye—the kind of picture that forms at the mention of London or New York or Paris. On the opposite page are some postwar Moscow pictures. Like postcard shots anywhere, they put the best face on the city: behind the big buildings are acres of slums. The girder-skeleton (top left) is for a 26-story office building on Smolensky Square, not very imposing in Manhattan but a colossus in Europe. The splendid subway station is on the newly opened Great Circle link (TIME, Nov. 14). Most of the...

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