White House (Moscow)

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The House of the Government of the Russian Federation
Дом Правительства Российской Федерации
Krasnopresnenskaya 2 01.JPG
The building in 2008
White House (Moscow) is located in Moscow
White House (Moscow)
General information
Type Parliament
Town or city Moscow
Country Russia
Construction started 1965
Completed 1981
Design and construction
Architect Dmitry Chechulin, Pavel Shteller (ru)
Russian President Boris Yeltsin stands on a tank in front of the White House, defying the August Coup in 1991.
Original design of the White House (before being damaged in the events of the 1993 Russian constitutional crisis)
The White House (2014).

The White House (Russian: Белый дом, tr. Bely dom, IPA: [ˈbʲɛlɨj ˈdom]; officially: The House of the Government of the Russian Federation, Russian: Дом Правительства Российской Федерации, tr. Dom pravitelstva Rossiiskoi Federatsii), also known as the Russian White House, is a government building in Moscow. It stands on the Krasnopresnenskaya embankment. The building serves as the primary office of the government of Russia and is the official workplace of the Russian Prime Minister.


The architects Dmitry Chechulin and Pavel Shteller (ru) designed the White House – originally called The House of Soviets. The overall design follows Chechulin's 1934 draft of the Aeroflot building. Construction started in 1965 and ended in 1981.

Use of the building[edit]

Soviet Union[edit]

Following the completion of the building in 1981, the Supreme Soviet of Russia, which had until then held its sessions in the Grand Kremlin Palace, used the White House. The Supreme Soviet of Russia remained in the building until the end of the Soviet Union in 1991, as well as during the first years of the Russian Federation. In 1991 the Soviet Union issued a 50-kopeck stamp depicting the White House and honoring resistance to the 1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt.

Russian Federation[edit]

After the end of the Soviet Union, the White House continued to serve as the seat of the Russian parliament.

1993 Russian constitutional crisis[edit]

By sunrise on October 4 1993, the Russian army encircled the parliament building, and a few hours later army tanks began to shell the White House. The White House stood damaged for some time after the 1993 Russian constitutional crisis, and the black burns from tank shelling became famous, so much so that it became traditional to photograph newly-weds in front of its damaged façade.

The reformed parliament, known thereafter by its Tsarist-era title of State Duma, was elected in 1994 and moved to another building on Moscow's Okhotny Ryad (street) (ru). As of 2016 the renovated White House houses the Russian government. An inscription at the base of the tower reads, "House of the Government of the Russian Federation".

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Coordinates: 55°45′18″N 37°34′23″E / 55.754935°N 37.573146°E / 55.754935; 37.573146