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WiFi in the Metro

JSC "Maxima Telecom" is the only company providing free access to WiFi in the Moscow metro, and it was created specifically for that purpose. The company does not use the city budget but invests only their own and borrowed funds.

"So that the passengers wouldn't feel a difference between their own home Internet and the WiFi in the metro, we used high-quality equipment from leading manufacurers — Cisco Systems and RADWIN. Equipment for the network was installed at most subway stations in special areas. A transmitter with an antenna is located in the head and tail of the train carriages. The network was designed with the future growth of the underground taken into account, and it connects to the Internet at two points in different parts of the city, with a total capacity of up to 40 Gb/s," a statement on the website of Maxima Telecom said.

Development of the network began in September 2013, when the wireless network appeared on the Circle Line. By late October, WiFi was connected on eight metro lines out of 12. If all goes as planned, the Moscow Metro will be fully equipped with free WiFi by the end of 2014.

"Open Arena" Stadium

Construction of the stadium for the football club "Spartak" in Tushino began in 2010, with investment by the club's owner, Leonid Fedun. He got the name for the stadium through advertising contracts with the "Opening" financial corporation (the contract was signed for six years). The stadium was certified by the Russian Football Union, meeting the compliance standards and requirements of both FIFA and UEFA. "Open Arena" received certification for the highest category, which will allow it to host the 2017 Confederations Cup matches in football, and in 2018 the FIFA World Cup. The first match at the stadium was timed to coincide with City Day, as well as the launch of the new "Spartacus" metro station on the violet subway line, which is in walking distance from the stadium. Next to this, a universal gym is under construction, offering a multipurpose hall, about 200 events per year, including concerts, sports and cultural events are expected to be hosted.

Books in Parks

This summer's urban project bringing together literature, music, theater and cinema was held for the third time in 2014, but for the first time it expanded outside of the center. From June to September, it took place in six Moscow parks: Muzeon, Fili, Presnya, Novodevichy Prudy, Tsaritsyno and in the Moscow Zoo. It was organized by the Moscow Department of Media and Advertising and the Slava advertising agency.

In the parks, "Gogle-Modles" were set up — constructions in the form of ladders, tunnels and giant bookcases, where leading publishers and booksellers were able to sell their best books at affordable prices. In free hours, "Gogle-Modles" were transformed into benches and gazebos, where visitors could read books purchased or rented from stands. In addition, thematic weekends were held, featuring poetic, architectural, scientific, journalistic, culinary, and literary workshops for children. The program included popular writers Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Eduard Topol, Yekaterina Vilmont, film director Vladimir Alenikov, the "Accident" group and Olga Arefyeva. Poetry readings were also held, and the film "Lady and the Hooligan" starring Vladimir Mayakovsky was screened.

Mastercard Paypass

Starting this year, technology for paying by card with one touch using MasterCard PayPass is set up on the social cards of Muscovites. As of early November, this technology was supported by about 1,400 outlets in Moscow.

The social cards are issued by the Bank of Moscow. They are used by more than 6.5 million Muscovites. Among these, about 3.7 million are pensioners, the disabled or parents with many children. Many receive social grants, and with the appearance of the PayPass they get new opportunities for payment by card. MasterCard has been developing its contactless payment technology, based on RFID chips, since 2003.

Separate Waste Collection

The volunteer project "Sobirator," which encourages separate waste collection, started in 2013. As of early November 2014, the project was operational in Moscow, the Moscow region, St. Petersburg, the Leningrad region, in several major Russian cities, and also in Kiev. The project's objective is the mass introduction of a system of separate waste collection. According to the project's statistics, at 20 points throughout Moscow, volunteers collect 2.5 tons of waste paper, 1.3 tons of glass, 300 kilograms of plastic, 100 kilograms of metal, 100 kilograms of Tetrapak packaging and 70 kilograms of batteries per day, all of which is then sent to refineries. Volunteer collectors gather garbage over the weekend. For comparison, the 100 collection points organized in September by the Department of Natural Resources at a cost of 2.8 million rubles collected more than one ton of waste paper, 487 kiloggrams of glass, 236 kilograms of plastic, 12 kilograms of Tetrapack packaging and 23 kilograms of batteries over eight days.

"We would like to note that in the end we do not consider such a format (collection by volunteers) to be correct. We just want to use this to launch an organized waste collection system, collect statistics on public demand for government and business, and simultaneously engage in educating the public on the practice of separate collection," the organizers of the project wrote on the Sobirator.org website.