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Our Focus programme brings you exclusive reports from around the world. From Monday to Friday at 7.45 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2017-08-30

Moscow gets a makeover: Muscovites divided over Russian capital's facelift

The mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, is determined to leave his mark on the Russian capital. Since he came to power in 2010, he's led a profound transformation of the metropolis, home to more than 12 million people and with architecture from several different eras. The results will be judged at municipal elections in September 2018. But in the meantime, Muscovites are divided over their city's facelift. Our correspondents report.

A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett and Florence Viala.

By Elena VOLOCHINE , Thomas LOWE

Our guests

Cyrille BRET

Senior Lecturer, Sciences Po Paris


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