The city stands on the Moskva River in Central Russia , with a population estimated at Originally established in , Moscow grew to become a prosperous and powerful city that served as the capital of the Grand Duchy that bears its namesake. When the Grand Duchy of Moscow evolved into the Tsardom of Russia , Moscow still remained as the political and economic center for most of the Tsardom's history. When the Tsardom was reformed into the Russian Empire , the capital was moved from Moscow to Saint Petersburg diminishing the influence of the city. In the aftermath of the dissolution of the Soviet Union , Moscow remained as the capital city of the contemporary and newly established Russian Federation. As the northernmost and coldest megacity in the world, and with a history that dates over eight centuries, Moscow is governed as a federal city that serves as the political, economic, cultural, and scientific centre of Russia and Eastern Europe.
In Russia, some things are more complicated than they appear, and sex on the first date is among them. There is a widespread belief that Russian women prefer to avoid sex on the first date. There could be a myriad of reasons, but the most commonly cited is doubt. Thoughts about possible negative consequences of an innocent one-night-stand seem to preoccupy the minds of many Russian women.
Moscow traces its history back to , when it was mentioned in the chronicles for the first time. The early 12th century saw Kievan Rus disintegrate into many separate principalities. During this period, Prince Yury Dolgoruky of Rostov and Suzdal — began to build new towns and communities.