The largest towns of Moscow region. The metropolitan area is set roughly within the first rural route ring.
Moscow metropolitan area (Russian: Московская агломерация) or Moscow capital region (Russian: Московский столичный регион) is the largest metropolitan area in Russia and Europe, with population of about 18 million people. It consists of city of Moscow and parts of Moscow Oblast.
Also the Russian term Moscow region (Russian: Московский регион - Moskovsky region) or Moscow and the Oblast (Russian: Москва и область) is used in meteorology, geography, aviation, transport, broadcasting, telecommunications, business, etc. for describing of the whole territory of both Moscow Oblast and the city of Moscow. In politics, government, organizations and small business, according to the Constitution of Russia, there are two separated federal subjects of Russia with their governments, parliaments and own law. De jure there is no united Moscow region.