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Medvedev proposes expanding Moscow to form new federal district

© RIA Novosti . Sergei Guneev / Go to the mediabankRussian President Dmitry Medvedev has proposed expanding the borders of the Russian capital to create a new "metropolitan federal district."
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has proposed expanding the borders of the Russian capital to create a new metropolitan federal district. - Sputnik International
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has proposed expanding the borders of the Russian capital to create a new "metropolitan federal district."

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has proposed expanding the borders of the Russian capital to create a new "metropolitan federal district."

"We may be considering expanding Moscow's borders in order to improve the development of the metropolitan area, for the needs of the [international] financial center and simply to make life easier for numerous people," Medvedev said on Friday at the opening of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum. "In other words, to form a 'metropolitan federal district'."

With the expansion of Moscow, a considerable number of federal and administrative departments would be moved beyond the current borders of the Russian capital, the president added.

The Russian authorities have been long pondering creation of an international financial center in Moscow, but the city's infrastructure is overloaded, with traffic jams being a constant problem.

Russia initially had seven federal districts, but last year the North-Caucasus Federal District was formed after separating from the South Federal District. The Moscow Region is currently included in the Central Federal District.

The Russian capital is among the ten largest cities in the world, with an officially registered population of over 10.5 million.

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