Chinatown, Moscow

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The Russian capital Moscow has a Chinatown that consisted of "... more than 100,000 of immigrants worked at the market and at least 60% of them were Chinese."[1] Moscow authorities have said that a Chinatown will replace the old Cherkizovsky Market, which was demolished in 2009.


A nighttime view of Cherkizovsky Market from a hotel window.

After the Cherkizovsky Market was demolished in 2009, the area where "... the market was located started getting more and more Chinese with every single day."[1] According to another source, the 70% of the demolished market were Chinese immigrants.[2] Dmitry Medvedev, then the president of Russia, opposed the purposeful creation of a Chinatown anywhere in Russia.[3] Despite this opposition, "... China was ready to invest $1 billion in the construction of a new center..."[2]

Although there is a neighborhood called Kitay-gorod, which is translated as "Chinatown" in the Russian language, no Chinese enclave ever existed in that district and few if any Chinese actually lived or worked there.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Chinatown in Moscow?". 
  2. ^ a b "Urban development: Billion-dollar Chinatown in Moscow". 
  3. ^ "President Medvedev opposes idea of 'Chinatowns' in Russia". 
  4. ^ "Kitai Gorod Area in Moscow".