In June 1959, Richard Nixon who was then vice president, accompanied by his wife and a suit of over 100 journalists and photo reporters, arrived at the USSR to visit, along with Moscow and Saint Petersburg, that mysterious and faraway Siberia. It is
unlikely that he was shown labor camps and prisons or saw bears walking in the streets because the action took place mostly in Novosibirsk. However, according to photographs taken by Howard Sochurek, Nixon really enjoyed his stay in the USSR.
This road-pedestrian cable-braced bridge over the Moskva River is situated in the northwest of the city. It has a glass ellipsoid on top which was to be a restaurant and an observation deck. Since they failed to install sewers in the construction,
they had to give up the idea of opening a restaurant but decided to make it an office for people to register their marriage. They plan to open it in 2012 but considering the pace of constuction, they will hardly finish it by 2013.