Thursday, March 28, 2019

High Costs, Long Lines, and Bad Environment Causing Muscovites to Flee the Russian Capital, INKOM Agency Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, March 27 – Russians have become accustomed to Muscovites moving abroad for education and training, but according to the INKOM Property Agency, ever more of them are fleeting the Russian capital because of rising prices, worsening traffic problems and a deteriorating environment.

            According to its figures, the share of those who have left the capital and rent out their housing there has risen from 28 percent of all owners in the first quarter of 2018 to 32 percent in the first three months of this year (  and

            Some of those departures may be temporary, of course; but many may be permanent – and those leaving are renting their housing because they are not able to sell it. This is hardly a problem unique to the Russian capital, but it is clearly becoming worse there because of the deteriorating economic situation in the country as a whole.

            At least some of those leaving the city have taken up residence in their dachas outside of town while retaining their jobs in the capital.  That of course means that they have to commute, something that only adds to the traffic nightmare which is Moscow at the present time.

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