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Moscow Oblast is a west Russian region surrounding the national capital, Moscow. It’s criss-crossed by the Oka and Moskva rivers. North of Moscow, moose roam through Elk Island National Park. South, bison live in the pine forests of Prioksko-Terrasny Nature Reserve. Northeast, Sergiev Posad, a town on the Golden Ring heritage route, is known for onion-domed Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra monastery.