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Moscow: race with infinity

Moscow: race with infinity
Quotes about Moscow:
Moscow does not believe in tears…

Everyone is rushing to Moscow as if it were made of rubber.
In Moscow, everyone is fussing, even those who have nothing to do.
Moscow charges you with the virus of indifference, and you yourself don’t notice it.
The people in Moscow are responsive and, if necessary, will come to the rescue

Moscow is the capital, and that says it all. The city is becoming more and more beautiful. This is truly one of the most beautiful and successful cities in the world.

Here are the bulk of government agencies and offices of the country's main companies. This is the territory of the ruling class, where there is everything: business, apartments, luxury and entertainment. But Moscow is also the spiritual center of Russia - there are about 1 Orthodox churches and chapels, as well as a center of cultural and scientific activity.

Will Moscow be able to beat traffic jams?

The average salary in Moscow at the beginning of 2023 is 113 rubles, but there are places where it is higher - the northern regions (Chukotka, Magadan, champion Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug - 671 rubles), St. Petersburg - 158, but in poorer regions regions: 333 (Chechnya) – 80 (Chuvashia).

The most active people go to the capital, escaping uselessness in disadvantaged regions of the country. Their destiny is mortgages, including preferential ones. Now the population of Moscow, according to official data, is 13 million people, having increased over the past 10 years by 1,5 million, i.e. on average by 150 thousand people. in year. But according to the Ministry of Communications, in 2020 there were 27 million (!) mobile Internet users in Moscow.

Among the achievements of the team of the new mayor of Moscow are reconstruction, construction of new roads and interchanges, new stations and metro lines, inclusion in a unified network of commuter trains, which together improves the transport situation. Successful examples of combating traffic jams include the reconstruction of the Kaluga Highway and the introduction of the Moscow High-Speed ​​Diameter (MSD). But these efforts are doomed to be delayed with the increase in the commissioning of new housing, the increase in the number of residents and, as a consequence, with the rise in the number of personal transport in the capital.

At the end of 2020, the capital took 1st place among 416 cities in the world in terms of traffic jams in the TomTom rating, but in 2021 it is already the best - 2nd place (there is no data for 2022). According to the data center, traffic congestion in Moscow has fallen: in 2022 it was estimated at 8 points and above 78 days, which is 50 days less than in 2021.

According to the mayor's office, since the beginning of the year 2022, about 5 million square meters have been put into operation in the city. meters of housing, which almost repeats the record of 1965, when Khrushchev buildings were built in Moscow.

As deputy mayor of the city Maxim Liksutov said in an interview with Moscow-24, the number of personal vehicles of Muscovites has increased in the capital by 50% since 2010, reaching 8,5 million cars as of October 2022. Of these, 4,13 million are cars. According to the head of the traffic police, in 2010 - 3,89 million cars, in 2000 - 2,6 million. In 2022, a slight decrease in the passenger fleet was recorded in the capital for the first time.

So - we get the following graph (function - exponent!), which corresponds to the photo below.

Moscow is the largest transport hub, transporting from 40% to 80% of all cargo and passengers in the country. All this aggravates the transport situation.

Traffic jams in Moscow

Moscow and the regions: gap as a sign of crisis

Let's look at a rare graph: data on the concentration of money in the country (source: author's calculations based on data from the Bank of Russia). In first place is Moscow, where about 55% of all financial resources are concentrated, then St. Petersburg - 7%. Even the rich Tyumen region and Krasnodar region are only 3% and 2%, respectively, the Moscow region - 3%.

The wealth of the remaining regions (less than 1%) must be examined under a magnifying glass. However, as the mayor of the capital reported, in 2014, about 80% of all financial flows in Russia were concentrated in Moscow.

The unevenness is colossal, and this is a mirror of our problems. Raw materials semi-colonial capitalism led to the country being divided into two Russias and two peoples. Rich regions where there are raw materials and export goods - oil, gas, metals and, at worst, grain, and therefore currency and money, and the outback - abandoned and neglected.

Population concentration and military risks

Excessive concentration of population is a catastrophic factor of military risk. As military expert Yuri Lyamin told RBC, in the event of a nuclear war, Moscow will become the main target and will be subject to the most massive attack.

On the one hand, Moscow has powerful air defense and shelters in the metro. But air defense is not omnipotent, there may not be enough shelters, and the larger the city, the more difficult it will be to provide supplies for survivors after the strike due to destruction and broken transport lines.

If New Moscow someday in the distant future will accept another 10 million people, it will be only at the expense of Russia. But there is no such thing as unnecessary land - and this is shown by both successful farmers and Chinese “vegetable growers”. Everywhere, except rocks and permafrost, you can grow something, build something and produce something.

Do we want our lands to be settled with great pleasure by the Chinese or migrants from Asia? As P. Stolypin warned us:

“People sometimes forget about their national tasks, but such peoples perish - they turn into fertilizer on which other, stronger nations grow and grow stronger.”

New developments: why does Moscow need “human buildings”?

New building area in Lyublino

In Moscow there are areas of different beauty and comfort. Now developers have a significant range of quite beautiful projects.

In the capital, there are projects of “economy class” houses that can architecturally fit into the landscape on a limited scale, but when they turn into skyscrapers or occupy neighborhoods, they create the impression of squalor and facelessness.

So, is it possible for Muscovites to be provided with normal and comfortable housing developments, so that neighborhoods that have already been dubbed “new ghettos” or “humanitarian areas” do not appear there?

The answer is simple - you can: but not everyone can afford it, the invisible hand of the market comes into play - read: the interests of big capital, which, striving for a long ruble, does not take into account the “non-financial” interests of Muscovites.

Comfortable conditions are building standards. But they were recently canceled as an anti-sanction measure, making them advisory. Wouldn't it be better to create new building codes that limit the number of storeys and introduce spacious standards for streets and parking spaces, and immediately build normal exit roads?

Why build buildings higher than 14 floors? Of course, the views from there are excellent, but... The more floors, the greater the profit, the greater the income of the developer, the greater the benefit of the management company - the more apartments, the better. No one asks if these houses are good for living in, not everyone understands what they are “signing up for” - a small discount and everything is sold! But at the same time, the risks are higher: elevator breakdown, fire, disaster.

Will a fire truck get there when the street is lined with cars and will there be enough high-rise stairs for it? Research shows that more than 30% of people experience dizziness and a feeling of danger when viewing panoramas above the 15th floor.

Why build housing in close proximity to railway lines, where trains and trains are noisy? This is a dubious place, especially in the summer when the windows are wide open.

Wouldn't it be better to build high-tech and environmentally friendly enterprises there - producing electronics, microelectronics, and computers? Or is it easier for us to buy everything now from China, supporting their workers, but not the Russians?

If you are cool, buy yourself an apartment in the “comfort” class, and if you don’t have enough money, your destiny is just a “humane” one. And this housing attracts visitors, who often buy small studio apartments with a kitchen extension right in the room. According to BFM, the most purchased housing in Moscow at the beginning of 2023 were studio apartments on the secondary market. So what kind of families and children can there be here?

About comfortable and spacious development

In 2021, analysts from one well-known real estate portal compiled ratings of Moscow districts by attractiveness. Muscovites chose Strogino as the best place to live: the area scored 8,9 points. The top 10 included the districts of Golovinsky, Academichesky, Yuzhnoye Butovo, Lomonosovsky, Mitino and Troparevo-Nikulino. The anti-rating was topped by the metropolitan district of Lyublino – it received the minimum overall score.

We can build beautifully and comfortably. An example is the development in Ostafyevo.

New development in Ostafyevo

The Yuzhnoye Butovo district entered the top ten best metropolitan areas for living and occupies sixth position in the top. Not so long ago, the late Yu. M. Luzhkov built it up - and the main part of the area is still of a good standard compared to densely built areas.

South Butovo, beginning of the street. Admiral Lazarev

In the central part of South Butovo (except for the area from the forest to Skobelevskaya metro station) there is no dense development; almost every house, with rare exceptions, has somewhere in the courtyard of the house to park a car and drive around. Here, in many places between the houses, there are extensive internal microparks, as well as a huge park area from the B. Ushakov metro station to the pond at the Buninskaya Alley metro station and there is a large park near the pond. There are also few tall buildings here, ranging from 14 to 22 floors and higher. But even here, passage of a garbage truck and, therefore, a fire truck is not always an easy matter.

Park in South Butovo

What prevents people from creating good and comfortable living conditions in new development areas without turning Moscow into China? After all, even in the capital of the land (at least in New Moscow) there is enough.

Problems of Moscow: look for the “invisible hand of the market”

The answer is simple - the pursuit of profit by developers who design projects with minimal living space between houses. For the same reason, multi-storey business centers and shopping centers are being built on every piece of land.

Really, instead of building a few extra houses, it was impossible to make the roads wider and leave space for people? Why hide the sun from people and deprive them of greenery?

“Russia is wide, but there is nowhere to park the car...”

In one of the outskirts you can see such a picture. There seems to be enough parking space. The parking lot (between a row of houses) is long and wide, there are even road signs showing the passage through the parking area in one direction and here in the other. Even there you can circle around for about 20 minutes to settle down somewhere - there really aren’t any places. It turns out that the designers were wrong again.

According to the famous architect, honorary builder of Moscow, member of the Union of Architects Alexey Krotov:

“ seems that no one is interested in comfortable living conditions for people. Business needs super-profits, but what the Moscow authorities need is anyone’s guess.”

Such issues should be resolved by the state. But our state is a “night watchman” in relation to its citizens (not in general to all). It sleeps when it comes to the “invisible hand of the market” - that is, the interests of big capital.

Business development concept: does Moscow need so many business and shopping centers?

Does the capital need so many shopping and business centers, and such a quantity of low-quality housing, which is constantly rising in price, despite the excess supply. Are there signs of a bubble in all this?

According to RBC estimates, the volume of unsold housing in new buildings in Moscow has grown sharply and it takes about 3 years to sell it (provided there is no new one - read: overstocking), among the business class and elite segment the share of unsold housing is 47%, and for the comfort class - 42%. According to the Dom.RF analytical center, at the beginning of April the volume of housing under construction in Moscow amounted to 16,2 million square meters. m, of which about 10 million sq. m were unsold.

Let's compare prices for similar apartments in Moscow and the regions. According to, the average price of a three-room apartment in Moscow is 25 rubles (price per square meter is 019 rubles). In St. Petersburg – 950 rubles (320 rubles), while in many quite decent cities (Vladimir, Kaluga, Vologda) – 841–13 million rubles. (sq. m – 817 ₽). Feel the difference! Salaries in the capital are higher, but so are expenses.

After popular Western brands left the Russian market, traffic to shopping centers in Moscow fell by 39%. Although the picture is normal in popular shopping centers, according to RG, on average 12–15% of the space is empty.

As RBC writes, at the end of 2022, the total area of ​​offices in Moscow, leased and purchased for their own, according to the consulting company CORE.XP, amounted to 1,2 million square meters. m, which is 20,6% less than the results of 2021.

The share of vacant space in Moscow business centers increased by 2,7 percentage points. compared to the end of 2021 and amounted to 10,3%, including in more expensive offices, which are classified as class A, 13,4% of the space was empty, in class B - 7,4% of the space.

Where is the money?

Money is important, but even more important is where to invest it. Our elites, in fact, cannot (and, in principle, do not really want) to produce high-tech products and for them real estate, along with trading in raw materials, is the main way (far from the best) of multiplying capital. Isn't it time to build factories, gentlemen? As it goes: “let’s beat swords into ploughshares.”

Dambissa Moyo, in her book “How the West Died,” analyzes in detail the mistakes the West and the United States made in the era of liberalism. In her opinion, in a liberal economy the effect of “improper distribution of capital” occurs. She also includes among these phenomena investments in mortgages, which used a significant part of US national savings, which did not generate any income streams. During the bubble inflation stage, the real estate market temporarily creates the illusion of growth for “non-productive” investments. Does this remind you of anything?

The current business elite does not have much incentive or need to develop the country, which Peter I or Stalin had, for example, as long as there are raw materials and their price remains at the same level. For what? There is wealth even without production, this is ours historical trouble, unlike Europe; and you can buy almost everything over the hill. And industrial development is dangerous for them, as it can deprive them of power.

Imports to Russia for 2022 are a whopping $259,1 billion. It is not difficult to calculate that this amount displaces about 25 million jobs across the country, precisely those that the president set the task of creating by 2020. This was recently, but the problem was not resolved. The simple answer to why the country is dying out is that its population is not in demand in the raw materials economy. Gaidar’s concept still rules the country - only since the 90s, prices for raw materials have increased many times over.

Why are the authorities building housing, but not building new businesses nearby?

In Moscow itself, industry, including innovation, is developing quite dynamically. In 2023, Moscow will prepare for implementation 77 projects for the integrated development of areas of former industrial zones with a total area of ​​about 1 thousand hectares. In April 2021, Moscow launched the Industrial Quarters program.

However, in practice, practically no enterprises are built in residential areas, although the creation of jobs could relieve congestion and redirect traffic flows towards rationality. Of course, we are talking about environmentally friendly production.

Where will newcomers who have taken out preferential mortgages work? Maybe build technology parks and high-tech production facilities there? But the owners of the center hardly want the flow of people to go to New Moscow.

Expansion of New Moscow: why does the capital need new territories?

It is easier for large businesses to operate in Moscow and large cities, which concentrate the main financial resources and jobs. What is easier, to invest money in the development of emptying regions of Russia or to develop Moscow and St. Petersburg? It’s easier where there is money and people, which means Moscow needs to be expanded.

On July 1, 2012, the boundaries of Moscow officially changed. The area of ​​the metropolis has more than doubled from 1,1 thousand square kilometers to 2,6 thousand square kilometers. The new territories were divided into two administrative districts - Novomoskovsky and Troitsky, which became the eleventh and twelfth for Moscow.

Again architect A. Krotov:

“Urban planners have repeatedly warned the authorities that the limit of Moscow’s territorial development is the Moscow Ring Road, and the maximum population that it can accommodate, I repeat, is 7–8 million people. Otherwise, life will be uncomfortable for everyone: both old Muscovites and new ones. Answers to warnings from experts - New Moscow and the renovation program..."

Transport problem: excess movements

Well, let’s assume we bought an apartment outside the Moscow Ring Road. Cheap and cheerful. Nowadays the metro is becoming more and more dense, and you can often see people “just flying” on autopilot. Nowadays it is difficult to meet a pregnant woman on the metro for several days, although in Soviet times there were plenty of them - they always gave up their seats, remember.

Why is that? Because, having spent about an hour on the subway for a trip, they still need to then get into the car at an intercept parking lot and drive from there to their mortgage dream outside the Moscow Ring Road. And here a new ambush awaits Muscovites - ridiculous traffic jams on the road to their home. Who are these people turning into?

In general, the situation in the metro is still normal. But everyone knows perfectly well what problems Muscovites encounter, for example, in the Vykhino metro station. But housing is being built further and further in this direction - in the Moscow region. And Mytishi, Odintsovo, Podolsk - and other satellite cities de facto become part of Moscow.

Subway at rush hour

Moscow, Russia and our future

Moscow will remain one of the best cities, and life there will improve. They will continue to go to Moscow. But it is in the interests of the entire country to overcome, within reasonable limits, the gap in wages and economic activity throughout the country and slow down the endless growth of the metropolis so that the bulk of citizens can realize themselves in their place of birth.

And the absolute key to solving the problem is import substitution, new industrialization and the technical revolution, which have no place in a resource-based economy. Otherwise, in the liberal model, our state may first become depopulated and then split.

It is not for nothing that in 2016, the American research center Stratfor, associated with the CIA, accurately described the problem:

“...we do not think that the Russian Federation is capable of existing in its current form for another ten years. The overwhelming dependence on hydrocarbon exports and the unpredictability of oil prices do not allow Moscow to support state institutions throughout the vast territory of the Russian Federation. We expect a noticeable weakening of Moscow’s power, which will lead to the formal and informal fragmentation of Russia..."

That is, the raw materials model imposed on us in 1991 is an instrument for the depopulation of Russia in the trend of the plans of the world government.

Both internal migration and depopulation, as a process of degradation of regions and the country as a whole, are evidence of the deadlock and crisis of the current liberal model.

Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska wrote in his Telegram channel that the Central Bank is to blame for the poverty of Russians and the lack of economic growth. S. Glazyev, V. Kasatonov and many left-wing politicians and economists testify to this. There is simply no money in the country as a whole and especially in the regions, which means there can be no investment, when in Moscow, on the contrary, there is an overabundance of it.

But contrary to these plans, the country’s key task is to ensure population growth and development of our territory. Tectonic signs of the times: Northeast Military District, conflict with the West, a new “Iron Curtain”, sanctions, import substitution, restoration of the status of our Army and the military-industrial complex, a turn to the East, the exodus of liberal figures from the country, growing sympathy among the population for the USSR, Stalin, catastrophic depopulation - cardinals predict changes in Russia.

The cycles of Russian history indicate that the current liberal cycle is coming to an end, and will be replaced by an illiberal one. Nothing can be eternal, and everything that hinders development, from a historical perspective, is relegated to the dustbin of history. And the denouement, according to various forecasts, may come before 2025: it is impossible to avoid it.

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  1. ivan2022
    ivan2022 27 October 2023 04: 30
    The map of modern Moscow resembles a map of the affected area during a nuclear strike under the most unfavorable winter northeast wind.
    And according to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the depth of the crater can reach 300 m. So no metro will help.

    When you look at this matter, you remember the words from the Revelation of St. John: “Pray to God that THIS does not happen in winter.”
    1. Civil
      Civil 27 October 2023 09: 24
      1. Young people are leaving our region en masse.
      2. Our rural areas and cities are populated by retirees and the remnants of pre-retirement shift workers.
      3. The rest moved to the regional center, which is being built up with cheap high-rise buildings without social services.
      4. Now doctors are leaving with young people.
      5. Huge traffic jams of old cars paralyze the city every day, since houses were built for former villagers, but the roads were not designed for them.
      6. It is extremely difficult to find a job at any age with a salary above 30 tr.

      And why am I writing this... you already know everything. Old age awaits us in a gloomy city without doctors among pensioners who “did not fit into the market.”
      1. runway-1
        runway-1 27 October 2023 19: 46
        Old age awaits us in a gloomy city without doctors among pensioners who “did not fit into the market”.
        Alas, that’s why migrant doctors are already being hired in different cities...
    2. AlexisT
      AlexisT 29 October 2023 05: 36
      Well, the Americans haven’t had ten-megaton warheads for a long time, it seems. But I wouldn’t want to experience the Metro 2033 scenario.
  2. turembo
    turembo 27 October 2023 05: 21
    Well, Moscow has long been a separate state, with its own laws and norms. For example, an honorary donor in Moscow receives a discount on housing and communal services, but in Siberia we do not have such a discount, and this is just a small example of benefits, although donors are the same in both places. I don’t even want to talk about the wage gap, and in my climate there is snow for 7-8 months of the year, and they are trying in every possible way to take away the northern 30% bonus from the region, and without this bonus we will simply die out, and so the salaries are very low. But everyone at the top talks about equality, but someone is always more equal. Another very dangerous factor is the swelling of the central apparatus of various structures and enterprises, only this is all due to layoffs of people locally in the regions, but in the capital in offices they almost fall out of the windows, run around the corners not knowing what to do, and chase away whole teas days, they come up with instructions to the regions from the cycle of bring me this, not knowing what, and yesterday, which are often simply impossible to carry out locally, because the office simply does not know the very specifics of the work, since it rarely goes beyond its office, which makes the gap with reality even greater increases more. As a result, you live in not the most prosperous conditions, you do your job for three people, you get little, and by lunchtime you need to catch the hot bird for some bigwig in the capital, that’s how we live..
  3. Lech from Android.
    Lech from Android. 27 October 2023 05: 26

    Tryndets is complete... and I thought my city was the worst in Russia. what
    When will scientists finally come up with airborne dusters instead of cars?
    1. Doccor18
      Doccor18 27 October 2023 06: 55
      Quote: Lech from Android.
      When will scientists finally come up with airborne dusters instead of cars?

      Do you want all THIS sky and sun to be covered..?
    2. lis-ik
      lis-ik 27 October 2023 07: 18
      Quote: Lech from Android.
      Tryndets is complete... and I thought my city was the worst in Russia.
      When will scientists finally come up with airborne dusters instead of cars?

      Mainly because of this “tryndets”, my wife and I moved to a country house in the region (fortunately it is capital), we work here, and regarding the average salary. at 113 thousand, so if you count the salaries of Putin’s officials and friends, then yes. Moscow has now lost itself, it is a completely different city, and not the one I remember from childhood and youth, yes it has become cleaner, but it has become soulless and faceless. Sobyanin, instead of widening the roadways, rolled them into tiles, thereby narrowing them and you won’t find free parking, even on the outskirts.
  4. parusnik
    parusnik 27 October 2023 05: 48
    And the absolute key to solving the problem is import substitution, new industrialization and the technical revolution, which have no place in a resource-based economy.
    This requires personnel of different levels, there are almost none, well, in some places. In 1918, the “bloody” Bolsheviks created 25 institutes of various profiles, just for the sake of example.. A little later, general education institutions, workers' faculties.. And now? Golikova just said that there is a shortage of 11 thousand teachers in schools across the country.
    1. Doccor18
      Doccor18 27 October 2023 07: 02
      Quote: parusnik
      There is a shortage of 11 thousand teachers in schools across the country.

      It’s ridiculous (through tears) that a new huge school has been built (with a swimming pool and other quirks), but there is no one to teach there... The director of the pedagogical university went to staff the staff...
    2. AdAstra
      AdAstra 27 October 2023 09: 18
      They are all experts at declaring shortages, whether she or Kolokoltsev, but for some reason they don’t work towards preventing this from happening. hi
  5. Dante Alighieri
    Dante Alighieri 27 October 2023 07: 22
    Business needs excess profits, but what the Moscow authorities need is anyone’s guess.

    It is strange that a member of the Union of Architects, a person who, in theory, like no one else should be in the subject of the problem under consideration, asks such banal questions. In fact, there is no contradiction between the interests of the authorities and the construction magnates; moreover, today one is practically inseparable from the other. It is no secret that there is a so-called rating of the effectiveness of governors, formed by the Presidential Administration, one of the key indicators of which is precisely the volume of housing put into operation. The more square meters of housing are rented in the region, the higher the effectiveness of a particular governor in the eyes of the first person. At the same time, who will own these square meters, what their market value will be, whether they will be cozy nice courtyards or glass ghettos does not matter to anyone at all. The main thing is what indicator will be in the annual report.

    In general, we must admit that stimulating the construction industry in itself is not a bad thing, because it allows us to employ a large number of the population and provide orders to many production chains, from the extraction of raw materials to the production of finishing materials. However, the question arises of how not to go to extremes and start mindlessly building houses on every free piece of land. And here, unfortunately, a lot depends on the people making decisions on the allocation of land for development, their competence and personal interest. The position of the head of the region is no less important. The text has already given the example of Luzhkov, who, despite large-scale construction projects for which his wife was the main contractor, in general, apparently, did not forget about such concepts as architectural ensemble, landscape and insolation.

    I’ll give another example, from my native Altai region, the complete antipode of Moscow in terms of the standard of living of the population. One can treat the former governor Alexander Bogdanovich Karlin in different ways: some hate him, some respect him, but the majority are neutral. But one thing is recognized by everyone, while he was leading the region, such “obscurantism” in the development of the regional center - the city of Barnaul, which now exists under Governor Tomenko (a native of Norilsk Nickel and the drag of Mr. Novak) did not exist. And this was connected precisely with the position of the governor himself, who harshly besieged everyone who wanted to implement their “projects” in the city center, especially when it came to objects that were key for the authorities and the population. For example, like everywhere else in our city there is a central square, the dominant feature of which is the regional administration building. On the right, the square is bounded by the building of the Altai State University, on the left by the hotels of the central and local Central Department Store, immediately behind them, on the side of the administration, there is another university building. All buildings are made in a classical style and have a certain height, which does not allow any of the elements to compete with each other. Behind the administration building on the left side there is a sports palace and the Ob swimming pool, and on the right there is a drama theater, between them there is another small area planted with trees, which until recently abutted the so-called “mountain” - an artificial hill hiding the storage tanks of the first city ​​water supply. Later, a small amusement park was made at this place and a Ferris wheel was erected, from which, thanks to the aforementioned hill, a breathtaking view of the city center opened up. In winter, the road in this place was blocked, a winter town was built and a Christmas tree was erected.

    Naturally, such a tasty piece of land has long worried the minds of local businessmen, however, despite the fact that the land went into private ownership in the 90s, any development initiatives were suppressed by the position of the governor, who subconsciously understood one simple thing: symbols of power, in this case the building itself administration as the dominant structure of the council square, should not be challenged by any other structures, because the authority of the authorities directly depends on this, how much people are subconsciously ready to obey it. In other words, if something other than the sky rises above the administration building of the entire region, this will automatically lower the position of power in the eyes of the population and, moreover, will encroach on the very right to impose one’s will on people. In this regard, the Ferris wheel was an ideal option, because... not only did it not obscure the perspective, but it was also the personification of the sun, subtly hinting that the life and well-being of those around them is directly related to the activities of the people working in this government building. Now, under the new governor Tomenko, the wheel has been removed, the tanks have been demolished, and in their place they are planning to build a residential complex of two 15-story towers. Moreover, at the town planning committee, none of the authors of the project presented images of what the newly created residential complex would look like against the backdrop of the regional administration. And this creation of gloomy provincial architects will look like two horns sticking out over the roof of the government house. Appreciate the piquancy of the situation: instead of a sacred symbol of life and prosperity, Barnaul residents will receive a hint of the infernal essence of the regional executive power. It’s not that we doubted the real essence of these people before, but in order to demonstrate “xy from xy” so openly, we need to try. And this is just one example from a whole galaxy of fresh architectural “delights” of our construction magnates. Although why really be surprised when people with their own hands devalue themselves in the face of the population.

    However, returning to Moscow, something else is interesting. As governor of Tyumen, Sobyanin acted in much the same way as his colleague from the Altai Territory, not allowing a radical change in the existing architectural appearance of the administrative center. Why now, as the mayor of the Russian capital, is he acting differently? Did Moscow and Muscovites really never find a place in the heart of Sergei Semyonovich? Who knows...
    1. Mishka78
      Mishka78 27 October 2023 12: 27
      Quote: Dante
      Why now, as the mayor of the Russian capital, is he acting differently?

      Because it's completely different money. These are billions of kickbacks. And in Tyumen there are millions :)
      I'm a Muscovite. Indigenous, 5 generations of ancestors lie on Vagankovsky.
      In 1982, my father was given an apartment by the Ministry of Defense in a Khrushchev-era building at Rechnoy Vokzal, which allowed us to move from a communal apartment on Leninsky to a separate apartment. In fact, I live in it to this day. We have been introduced to a renovation program, and I am in favor of it, because Khrushchev-era buildings today no longer meet more or less comfortable housing standards.
      By 2028 they promise to give us another housing. The developer, however, is still silent, but nearby, on a former wasteland, 7 houses of 35 floors are being built. Here, we now have a complex of 8 identical five-story buildings. And they will all fit into one of these buildings. Then 8 pcs. The 5-story buildings will be demolished and another complex of 1 units will be built in their place. 8-story buildings.
      The question really worries me VERY much is - what about communications, which were never designed for such a number of residents, what about a school, a kindergarten, and other infrastructure? The developer is again tactfully silent. The city too.
      Just if you count primitively - now in one Khrushchev building there are 4 apartments on the floor, 20 apartments in the entrance, 4 entrances, a total of 80 apartments in the house, 8 houses, a total of 640 apartments in the complex.
      The 35-story building has 6 apartments per floor, 204 apartments in the entrance (1st floor for shops, etc.), 3 entrances, a total of 612 apartments in one building, which in fact is equal to the entire Khrushchev complex.
      Those. 8 times more people will live in the same place, if you don’t take that vacant lot on which 7 houses are ALREADY being built. And if you take it, there will be about 15 people!!! times more. On the same piece of land with the same infrastructure. We enrolled our daughter in kindergarten from birth, there were no problems, but the groups are already overloaded. School is the same. Where the children of the new residents will go is a mystery to me... And so it is in everything.
      1. Vladimir80
        Vladimir80 27 October 2023 13: 11
        Where the children of the new residents will go is a mystery to me

        This is not a problem, they will build boxes of kindergartens and schools, the real problem is that in schools and clinics there is no one to teach and treat...
        1. Mishka78
          Mishka78 27 October 2023 13: 58
          Well, how can no one do this? Here's an example from a Moscow clinic:
          1. Vladimir80
            Vladimir80 27 October 2023 21: 32
            Well, how can there be no one

            It seems to me that with a similar result you can be treated by telemedicine or make diagnoses over the Internet... maybe I’m wrong...
          2. futurohunter
            futurohunter 27 October 2023 21: 43
            I have been to see such doctors. Normal doctors, no complaints
  6. sunwenmin
    sunwenmin 27 October 2023 07: 35
    More than once I have come across articles on VO with the date 2025 as the “deadline” of the current government or government structure or economic structure. Or all of them together. What is this forecast based on? I would like to familiarize myself with the calculations in more detail.
    1. Alexander Odintsov
      27 October 2023 09: 28
      This follows from economic and historical analysis
      For example: The so-called “march of justice” is a wake-up call for Russia (
      And also forecasts and predictions
      Sidik Afghan: a prophet who thinks in numbers made a forecast until 2065 | Heart to heart conversation | Zen (
      “The first year will be bloody”: The Odessa elder predicted the victory of Holy Rus' (
      XNUMXth century prophet Vasily NEMCHIN: After Putin there will be a “great horseman” - KP.RU
      1. Mishka78
        Mishka78 27 October 2023 12: 39
        Quote: Alexander Odintsov
        This follows from economic and historical analysis

        Chubais is over there, holding seminars on what Russia will be like after the leader from 2025 to 2040. Why did he call it GDP Moishey at the conference))) What a truly sacred year.
      2. sunwenmin
        sunwenmin 27 October 2023 12: 53
        I would not like to offend anyone, but the casual mention of some economic and historical analysis, and then references to the wise men and prophets from the yellow-yellow media - it seems to me that with this date, everyone who wants it is wishful thinking. But time will tell...
  7. kor1vet1974
    kor1vet1974 27 October 2023 08: 17
    laughing “Dear, my capital, dear, my Moscow” (c). Literally and figuratively.
  8. Vladimir80
    Vladimir80 27 October 2023 08: 25
    Moscow, on the one hand, is an endless construction pyramid, where migrants build expensive housing in the center, earning cheap housing on the outskirts, and those who are sucked into this process expand their concrete cages. On the other hand, this is a pilot project for a digital concentration camp, where you can’t do anything without registering on electronic services, and after registration you will receive unsubscribes from government chat bots. On the third side, this is the future eastern Babylon, a mixture of everything and everyone, gradually getting rid of the poor indigenous inhabitants, replacing them with cosmopolitan inhabitants of coffee shops and fitness areas.
  9. populist
    populist 27 October 2023 08: 29
    The country’s key task is to ensure population growth and development of our territory.

    This is the right goal, and “our” authorities are simply implementing a murderous urbanization program.
  10. Stirbjorn
    Stirbjorn 27 October 2023 08: 42
    However, as the mayor of the capital reported, in 2014, about 80% of all financial flows in Russia were concentrated in Moscow.
    Yeah, despite the fact that in Moscow there is no oil or gas, if only a transport hub, and then without a seaport (St. Petersburg, Novorossiysk). That is, Moscow is simply pumping resources out of the entire country, turning into the kind of enclave shown in the film “Judge Dread.” And again, it is beneficial for the central government to appoint its own governors, and not those whom people locally choose. Simply do not provide federal funding and the region will immediately collapse. The solution is simple - cut financial flows to Moscow, significantly increasing the share of income that the regions keep for themselves directly. Moreover, the poorer the region, the higher the share. But from the point of view of the vertical power, this is of course unacceptable; then we will have to take into account the opinion of the local population. Although in general this is the meaning of federalization
    1. kor1vet1974
      kor1vet1974 27 October 2023 10: 58
      Yeah, despite the fact that there is no oil or gas in Moscow
      In our estuary, there are towers extracting both oil and gas, and our village is like a beggar. smile
  11. Million
    Million 27 October 2023 08: 49
    The problem of all this is in Moscow and he is not going to correct his mistakes and does not want to retire.
  12. BAI
    BAI 27 October 2023 09: 01
    1. Move the capital to Yeniseisk. All departments, ministries, etc. with state participation - scattered among regional centers. No other way.
    The number of personal vehicles owned by Muscovites has increased in the capital by 50% since 2010, reaching 8,5 million cars as of October 2022. Of these, 4,13 million are cars.

    4 million personal trucks?
  13. Maks1995
    Maks1995 27 October 2023 09: 24
    The problems are correct. The conclusions, IMHO, are idealistic.
    Everything described at the end - “The Central Bank, the Northern Military District, the conflict with the West, the new Iron Curtain, sanctions, import substitution, restoration of the status of our Army and the military-industrial complex” - IMHO, is just noodles for the population.
    For the media, success is still how many resources were exported to the West, i.e. in NATO, i.e. in the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
    The oligarchs are getting richer, according to ratings, the population is getting poorer.
    Can we assume that it will be the other way around? No. “There will be no return” - BB. Putin.
    Imperialism, mankind, oligarchy, black PR, dictatorship and marching in formation - the recipes have been known for a long time.
  14. roosei
    roosei 27 October 2023 12: 21
    As long as Putin is in power, there is nothing to dream of a change in a positive direction
  15. Sergej1972
    Sergej1972 27 October 2023 13: 19
    Moscow's new borders have always surprised me. Why weren’t those cities near Moscow that actually merged with it and are part of it included in its composition?
    1. kamakama
      kamakama 28 October 2023 00: 42
      Because then there will be nothing left of the Moscow region at all and it will become an extremely poor and depressed region
  16. Conjurer
    Conjurer 27 October 2023 14: 11
    Moscow and the regions: gap as a sign of crisis
    The imbalance with the urbanization of a single city does indeed occur, but the author is clearly going too far about the crisis as a result of this. Why did he forget to add the Russian state budget to his financial distribution scheme, since the Central Bank and the Ministry of Finance are also located in Moscow? It's all nonsense. It doesn't matter where the money is kept, it matters where it is invested. Moscow's budget is larger than that of our other cities, but its population is many times larger. The larger the population of a territory, the larger the GDP, and the larger the budget.
    It’s bad, of course, that the pace of urbanization is so high, it creates all these distortions with the construction of housing, the dominance of personal transport on the roads, and the transformation of enterprises into residential buildings. In fact, Moscow ceases to be an industrial center, but turns into a residential, shopping and entertainment center, which, in the future, will limit its growth (no GDP growth, no budget growth). St. Petersburg, Sverdlovsk, Ufa, Chelyabinsk (what I myself saw) are now also rapidly growing with new buildings and turning into centers of attraction, while expanding their production, so there is a chance that the economic and scientific power of the country will be distributed over time throughout its entire territory, and will not be localized in one center.
  17. runway-1
    runway-1 27 October 2023 19: 44
    In the capital, there are projects of “economy class” houses that can architecturally fit into the landscape on a limited scale, but when they turn into skyscrapers or occupy neighborhoods, they create the impression of squalor and facelessness.
    Absolutely true, but such a bleak picture is not only in Moscow, but also in other big cities.
    As for the colossal in its negative significance problem of the gradual drawing of the country's population into megacities, it is a direct consequence of the ongoing socio-economic policy and our lack of a development strategy...
    1. Vladimir80
      Vladimir80 27 October 2023 21: 29
      and our lack of development strategy...

      I’ll assume that there is a strategy, but it’s wrong (hostile)
    2. Sergej1972
      Sergej1972 28 October 2023 00: 09
      And in the USA, France, Great Britain, China, India, Brazil, and most other large countries, the population is concentrated in megacities, large urban agglomerations.
  18. 16112014nk
    16112014nk 27 October 2023 21: 11
    And the denouement, according to various forecasts, may come... it is impossible to avoid it.

    "It's a pity - to live in this wonderful time
    You won’t have to - neither me nor you." © N.A. Nekrasov Railway
  19. Sergey_K
    Sergey_K 29 October 2023 10: 27
    The author is right! Moscow is an oversized city! And the mayor and his team, as well as other “developers and modernizers” are, to put it mildly, stupid people, to say the least... In the foreseeable future, I consider it necessary to stop, and urgently, the expansion of Moscow. It is not Moscow that needs to be built and expanded, but other cities in the regions, after analyzing the safest location and optimal logistics of transportation and movement of the population, including daily from the suburbs to work and back. What Sobyanin and others like him are doing is unreasonable, unsafe, and beneficial only to “entrepreneurs.”
  20. Aleprok
    Aleprok 29 October 2023 21: 13
    . I agree with the author - what is happening now leads to a dead end ((if nothing changes, Russia will disappear ((wherever you poke it, there is some kind of wedge everywhere