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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Kremlin \Krem"lin\, n. [Russ. kremle.] 1. The citadel of a town or city; especially, the citadel of Moscow, a large inclosure which contains imperial palaces, cathedrals, churches, an arsenal, etc. [Russia] 2. Hence: The government of Russia (or, 1920-1992, of the Soviet Union). [metonymical] [PJC]