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Quote:Now with regard to the distribution of wealth under Putin 99% of it got distributed among a extremely small group of his KGB cronies and some of it got rubbed off in Moscow as most of this mostly oil wealth gets channeled through there.
Don't know about your city, but here Moscow doesn't cut it anymore. St. Pete is more attractive from the price/quality perspective.
So it's rather new destination for the ambitious ones.
Quote:The rest of Russia outside the Moscow beltway is in shambles and slowly but surely dying out.
From the Rosstat POV, Moscow's natural growth of population (excluding immigration of course) is negative too. Check out any data available.
Green, thanks for the info. I had no idea Moscow would be suffering population loss. Nor that the ambitious would flock to Petersburg.
As for Piter, it's just my personal and my friends' observations.
jt Wrote:Green, thanks for the info. I had no idea Moscow would be suffering population loss. Nor that the ambitious would flock to Petersburg.

Moscow's not really suffering population loss if you read carefully what Green wrote that Moscow has a negative natural population growth, which essentially means that its birth rate is lower than its death rate, yet there are still huge numbers of people migrating to Moscow from other regions, motivated primarily by significantly higher salaries even compared with Saint Pete. In Moscow with the right qualifications you can easily find a job paying over EU 2K per month or more while in Saint Pete the same sort of job would pay between EU 1 and 1.5 K and in most other regions it would be between EU 500 and 1000. It has to be said though that the cost of living in Moscow is significantly higher as well, one room apartments are rented out for over USD 1000 per month, an amount unheard of in most other regions.
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