Staunton, Sept. 7 – Given the enormous role of the state in the Russian economy and the centralized nature of the government, most businesses want to be located in Moscow so as to be near the center of decision making. That is likely to be true for some time, but the pandemic and distance work are adding to the pressures businesses already face to decentralize.
Working with officials from the Tinkoff company which has 19 offices outside of Moscow, the Meduza news agency notes that rising prices for rent or purchase of business property and increasing population density which makes commutes longer are leading more firms in Russia as elsewhere to think about relocating beyond the ring road.
In a commentary entitled “Not by Moscow Alone, the news agency says that these pressures have already led many companies to decentralize operations in Russia in exactly the same way they have in other countries. And it adds that the pandemic has added to those pressures (meduza.io/feature/2021/09/06/ne-moskvoy-edinoy