With strong and growing economy, it is not a wonder why more and more people from other cities in Russia (and some from all over the world) find a living in Moscow. As of now, the city has over 10 million people, making it one of Europe’s most populous cities.
The majority of Moscow’s inhabitants are of Russian ethnicity; making up its largest minority groups are Belarusians, Ukrainians, Azerbaijanis, Tatars, and Armenians.
Many find the Muscovites – a reference to the people of Moscow – to be grim and strict because they rarely smile. However, do not be easily fooled with their looks as they can be very nice and warm individuals. Most Russians do not like to hide their feelings; and frowning and yelling is just a way of being straight and honest. If you get to know them during your visit, you will be pleasantly surprised as to how genuine the Muscovites are.
Among the famous people from the city are playwrights and novelists Mikhail Bulgakov and Anton Chekhov, actor and stage director Constantin Stanislavski, abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky, and architect and painter Vladimir Yevgrafovich Tatlin. Retired professional tennis player and fashion model Anna Kournikova and Natalia Sokolova are known Muscovites too, respectively.