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Living in Moscow

Fast-paced Moscow is Russia’s political, historical and financial capital and a magnet for adventurous foreign business travelers, ambitious Russians from across the country, bright-eyed students from around the world and millions of migrant workers from the far-flung corners of the former USSR. In all senses, Moscow is a melting pot and its outstanding dining scene and vibrant nightlife reflects its cosmopolitan population.

A city of contrasts, Moscow’s busy streets all bear witness to Russia's turbulent history and dynamic future. From the medieval Kremlin and the magical golden domes of Moscow’s beautiful churches, to its tranquil parks, monumental Soviet architecture and modern skyscrapers, the city’s skyline tells a thousand stories. High culture courtesy of the theatres, jaw-dropping art exhibitions and an energetic live music scene continue to prove that Moscow is really on the cutting edge. Whether you are looking for medieval history, communist nostalgia or high-rolling glamour, Moscow has something for everyone.

In recent years Moscow has experienced a significant change in its cultural landscape. There has been an influx of creative initiatives that have revitalised former factories and industrial areas into creative hubs, such as Artplay, Winzavod, Arma, Flakon, Kristal and DI Telegraph. These creative centres have given rise to the flourishing wave of designers, artists and entrepreneurs who are making their mark on the creative scene in Moscow.

Moscow’s galleries and museums have also enjoyed a great deal of investment and development in recent years, with the likes of Garage and the Multimedia Art Museum, Strelka Institute and Moscow Design Museum growing to establish themselves as key players hosting internationally significant exhibitions hugely popular with lovers of art and design.

Moscow’s public spaces have also seen substantial investment: Gorky Park, Sokolniki Park, Baumanskaya Park, the Moskva Embankment, and VDNKh Park transformed into high-tech social spaces fit for any modern capital city with a huge range of activities to enjoy. These spaces are now hosting a growing range of festivals, gigs, markets and exhibitions.