Moscow is big, and everything in Moscow is big, the spaces are daunting,
many of the streets seem a mile wide (this is Prospekt Mira). Some of them
are too wide to cross so they have pedestrian tunnels underneath. You might
want to walk over to that building and see what it is, but it would take all
day! The man and woman on the pedestal are holding a hammer and sickle (enlarge). In
fact, this is a famous statue from the 1937 World's Fair known as Kolkhoznitsa
(Worker and Collective Farm Woman,
Рабо́чий и колхо́зница)
but I don't know if this is the real one or a replica. And I still haven't
figured out what the building in the background is; on the right it says
MOSCOW and on the left, the part that is not obscured by the tree says RLIN.
It might be a train station?
Update, January 2013
... From Ivan Potapov: “this ‘Worker
and Kolkhoz Woman’ or ‘Kolkhoznitsa’ statue is not a
replica. It's a genuine statue by Mukhina. The monument was created for
the USSR's pavilion at 1937 World's Fair in Paris. It was later moved to
Moscow and placed near the Northern entrance to VDNKh (Exhibition of the
Achievements of the National Economy at the time you visited Moscow, now
it's All-Russia Exhibition Centre). The pavilion on the left is definitely
not a ‘train station’, that's a pavilion at VDNKh called
‘Moscow’. Initially it was Soviet pavilion at another
successful World's Fair - Expo 67 in Montreal but later it was dismantled
and relocated to Moscow. And there's a photo taken when the pavilion was
still in Québec” [at left].
Silly me, I should have recognized the building when I saw it in Moscow
because I was in it at Expo 67 in Montreal 22 years earlier! Small world.
Kolkhoznitsa today stands atop an imposing new structure: