Saturday, June 11, 2022

Moscow’s Advantages over Regional Centers as a Place to Live Still Large but Declining, Survey Suggests

Paul Goble

            Staunton, March 24 – An informal Snob survey of eight Russians who have chosen to live in Moscow, regional centers or abroad shows that for many Russians, the advantages of the Russian capital as a place to live remain large but are no longer so great that many choose either to remain in smaller cities or to move abroad.

            That represents a major change from the past when almost anyone who had the chance chose to live in the capital; and such attitudes help to explain why migration within the Russian Federation has been declining over the last several years, from 4.34 million in 2018 to under four million now (

            Many still look to Moscow as the best place to live unless they are able to move abroad, but a large number say that its cultural and infrastructure advantages are no longer as great as they used to be and that smaller cities provide not only a better physical environment but almost equal educational and professional opportunities.

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