Support The Moscow Times!

New Moscow Statistics in Brief

Putting into action plans initiated by then-President Dmitry Medvedev, Moscow on Sunday absorbed a large swath of land on its southwest border, more than doubling its territory and giving hundreds of thousands of new residents the right to call themselves Muscovites.

Starting July 1, Moscow's land area will be 255,000 hectares, about 2.4 times larger than its previous area of 107,000 hectares. The long, narrow strip of land added to the capital reaches all the way to the border with the Kaluga region.

The land addition contains two cities (Troitsk and Shcherbinka), 19 smaller municipalities and 232,000 residents, all of which are now part of Moscow.

The relatively underpopulated areas being added to the capital have radically reduced Moscow's population density, from 10,700 people per square kilometer to 4,600 people overnight.

The move was first announced by Medvedev on June 17 last year, when he said the new territories would host new executive and legislative government buildings as well as an international financial center. The move seeks to greatly reduce traffic flows into the traditional city center.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more