Moscow is the capital of Russia and home to over 12 million people. It is not just Russia's biggest city, it is also the largest on the European continent.
Moscow is home to the Kremlin, a medieval city fortress that is now the Russian president's residence. Along with the Red Square and the St. Basil's Cathedral with its brightly colored domes, the Kremlin is also one of several World Heritage Sites there. Moscow residents are known as Muscovites. This page is an automatic compilation of DW content.
Life is becoming more difficult for many Russians. Along with steadily increasing prices, dissatisfaction is on the rise. The annexation of Crimea and military successes in Syria aren't enough to distract people from the declining quality of life at home. And hopes the Kremlin would finally tackle urgent domestic matters after the 2018 election have been in vain.
Vladimir Putin said in his state of the union address that Russia needs to focus on raising living standards. The Russian president said the government will increase tax breaks to support young families and housing subsidies for families with several children. The measures come as many families feel the squeeze after real incomes fall for the fifth year in a row. Lucy Taylor reports from Moscow.