MOSCOW, December 28 (Itar-Tass) — The Federation Council approved officially new boundaries of the Moscow City. Since Tuesday the territory of the Moscow City was enlarged by 148,000 hectares. The Moscow boundaries were decided to expand thanks to the lands in the south-west, on the border with the Kaluga Region. The Moscow Mayor’s Office welcomed this news report with loud applauds.
The debates in the Federation Council over new boundaries of the megapolis were brief, the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily reports. The senators were interested in two questions. First, who will represent new Muscovites in the Moscow City Duma, and secondly, what expenditures will be allocated from the Russian budget. The Moscow authorities pledged that all is being kept under control and there are no reasons for concerns. The by-elections in the Moscow City Duma are not planned by the Moscow City Duma, but 250,000 residents of attached territories will not remain without their representative. So, someone of incumbent deputies will work with them.
Chairman of the Federation Council Committee for Federation State System and Regional Policy Stepan Kirichuk said in his statement that “Moscow is the largest city for its population and not a quite big one with its territory,” the Rossiiskaya Gazeta notes. Under the document, the Moscow boundaries will be changed on July 1, 2012, a transitional period is announced until this date. The Russian capital will attach 21 municipal entities, 19 urban and rural settlements.
The life of new Muscovites is intended to become better with new boundaries set, the Komsomolskaya Pravda notes. The Moscow authorities pledged a full package of Moscow benefits and subsidies to them. This means that the pensioners will receive a Moscow bonus, and the residence utility bill will go down by about 20-30%. But some problems will remain. For instance, people will have to reprocess many documents, because their address will change from the Moscow Region to the Moscow City.