LB, love the photos.
If this is helpful, here is a listing of your photos for future memories:
#4 Taken inside the Metro Station "Plaza of the Revolution." The bronze interior makes it one of the most "dark" of all the Metro stations.
#11 This open market is at the Izmailovsky Kremlin area. It is at the Imzaillovo Metro Station (formerly called Partizanskaya). This was a former village outside Moscow, owned by the Romanov family, and the city of Moscow eventually grew to include this area. A very large eco park, Izmailovo Park is nearby. A huge hotel complex by that name is also located here.
#13 The changing of the guard takes place along the outside of the Kremlin walls in the Alexander Gardens. The "soldiers" aren't really soldiers in the Russian Army, however. They are an elite group known as the The Kremlin Regiment, part of the Federal Protective Service (similar to the US Secret Service). Younger members also form the colour guard for presidential diplomatic events. As member of the FPS, their job is to protect the President and the Kremlin. Junior members typically work their way up thru the ranks and often are assigned this guard duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during their early years in the Regiment.
Regiment member selection includes very extensive background checks given their proximity to, and responsibility for the safety of the President. It may be true that some members change the name to something more Cossack sounding (Cossacks traditionally protected the Tsars) out of tradition, but the selection of who makes it into the ranks of the Kremlin Regiment has everything to do with passing FSB (former KGB) vetting, physical strength and endurance, and on-going training in sophisticated security techniques and methods as part of the Federal Protective Service.
#16 Nice photos of the Luzkhov Bridge near Tertyakov Gallery. Because of the trees with padlocks with couples names inscribed, locals call it "the Love Bridge."
#20 Near Izmailovo area again.
#22 The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is near the centre of Moscow, across the Moscow river and just around the corner from the Pushkin Museum.
#23 The All-Russia Exhibition Centre opened in 1954 and was known as the VDNKh, also there is a nearby Metro station by that name. This photo was taken alongside the "Fountain of the Friendship of Peoples" which is along the park's central avenue. Today its named the All-Russia Agriculture Exhibit and contains a lot of interesting monuments to Soviet history.
#25 Manezh Square...near the State Historical Museum and one of the entry points to Red Square.
#26 The monument to Grand Duke Yuri Dolgoruky, called the founder of Moscow. This is near the Moscow City Hall (not to be confused with the building complex which includes the State Historical Museum and still holds that honourary title as it was the former city hall) You are across the street from the new City Hall skyscraper.
#27 The building with the large dome is the Kremlin Senate Building. The Russian Duma is located across the Street from Manezh Square--still beyond the red State Historical Museum in this photo. The Senate building is the ceremonial office of the Russian President. When the flag is flying on top of the Dome, supposedly he is in that office working. However the official presidential working office is in the Moscow suburb of Gorki. The Kremlin houses some administrative office functions (Building 14 primarily) for the President, but is used mainly for diplomatic and ceremonial functions.
#28 Cool photo of Tanya standing by the famous Tsar Cannon inside the Kremlin area.
#29, #30 Inside the Metro station "Plaza of the Revolution."
#38 That really tall tower in the far background is known commonly as the Moscow TV tower but holds not only all Moscow TV station transmitters but all radio station transmitters as well. It's name is Ostankino Tower, named in honour of the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution in 1917. It has its own history including a tragic fire and it played a decisive role in the Yeltsin victory over the attempted coup as the CCCP was breaking up.
#40 The most famous, and former "main entry" to the Kremlin from Red Square is the Saviour (Spasskaya) Tower. Sometimes it is incorrectly termed the Kremlin Clocktower. Built in 1491 it was named for the icon that sat just below the clock, the icon of the divine Saviour. That icon disappeared and has been replaced with another but the tower still holds that name.
When official TV announcements are made by the government, this tower is pictured on the screen and a series of chimes is played giving citizens time to gather around the TV set.
#42 Back at Manezh Square river of fountains, near the Alexander Gardens and across from the "Revolution Plaza" where the red State Historical Museum sits.