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TODAY   |  February 17, 2014

Moscow, a modern metropolis with a history

NBC’s Stephanie Gosk provides a look inside the major Russian city, which one resident described as a place where “nothing is allowed and everything is possible.”

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>> tomorrow it'll be another restaurant. today there's a church here, tomorrow it might be a theater.

>> he moved to moscow from the u.s. nine years ago, studied acting and never left. it wasn't long ago that this photo gallery was a candy factory churning out chocolate for the company red october . on the streets of moscow , there's a distinct sense of purpose. everything needs to get done fast. the traffic is nuts here.

>> it's crazy. it's crazy and you can't turn left on a lot of these streets which is why we're going to go underground here.

>> reporter: underground, there is a whole other universe. this is where most come to get around. subway is one of moscow 's hidden gems . moscow is basically built on a bog, this marshy land. when it came time to build this subway, they had to dig deep, very, very deep. stalin promised the metro would be a palace for the people, and so it is. open architecture , mosaics, even chandeliers. in today's moscow , there are other escapes, too. how many cities have a ski hill which doubles as the best place for a newlywed kiss? these stretches. summing up moscow perfectly when we met up at an old bathhouse turn speak easy type bar in the center of town.

>> when i was studying here, a teacher who said to me one day before -- the thing is in russia, nothing is allowed, everythi everything.

>> spend a little time in moscow , you'll see what he means.

>> moscow is a gritty, sometimes difficult but always fascinating place. i've been there about half dozen times for work. and one of the great things about it. it continues to surprise you every time you go. a lot of fun.

>> love that. nothing is allowed