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Moscow to double its size up to 251,000 hectares
12.07.2011 09:33
Moscow to double its size up to 251,000 hectares

The capital of Russia, Moscow, may double its size. An international financial district might be established in the Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye district west of Moscow.

Moscow is to grow to cover 251,000 hectares, up 2.4 times from its current 107,000 hectares, told Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Monday.

It would add 1,440 square kilometers (about 560 square miles) to the city's current territory of 1,070 square kilometers, absorbing territory from the surrounding region.

The place in question is a large strip of land from Varshavskoye Shosse to Kievskoye Shosse and to the railway ring line in the southwest," Sobyanin said after meeting with Russian President and Moscow region Governor Boris Gromov, Interfax reported.

Currently, Moscow is one of the most densely populated cities in Europe, with 11.5 million residents. That comes to 11,000 people per square kilometer (about 28,000 per square mile), compared to less than 7,000 in other major cities. The last major expansion of Moscow's boundaries was in 1961, when the city's population was 6 million.,

Author: Irina Fomina

Tags: Moscow     

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