• Moscow
  • Two Russian Capitals – Two Opposite Ways of Development

    There are two main cities in Russia – each is the opposite to another. You may feel this difference in each and every element. Moscow is for money – St.Petersburg is for soul. There is a constant carnival, never ending fest in Moscow. Meanwhile, St.Petersburg is calm and sophisticated as an old aristocrat. This difference applies even to the urban development. Moscow made a great leap towards better city environment and people friendliness during last years. It becomes more and more comfortable megalopolis to live in – despite of the crazy population (officially it’s 12.3 mln inhabitants and 15.5 mln including suburbans, indeed – even larger). Unfortunately, St.Petersburg is not that successful. With its 5.3 mln population St.Pete is downgrading. Old, adorable buildings refurbished for the City’s 300 Years Anniversary in 2003 are getting worse and now their facades are in pretty bad conditions. Something similar to what you see in Lisbon or Porto. City authorities do nothing to change the situation – they just play stupid political games (as assigning to the new bridge at suburbans the name of former Chechen leader Akhmad Kadyrov who used to kill Russian soldiers during Chechen war in 1990x, opening memorial plaque to Mannergeim – Finnish Gen., participated in St. Petersburg siege during WWII on the Nazi side…) and don’t care about fading historical center.