There are only two ways of buying a fully outfitted apartment, ready for you to take up residence straight away, in a new building in Moscow. One is relying on the developer’s good will, the second is coming to a one-to-one understanding with him that he’ll carry out the work while the building is still under construction. Experts value the cost of fitting out an apartment at a minimum of $100 per square meter.
Defining what is and what is not an elite complex is a tricky deal in Moscow. Some experts claim that an elite property has to be within the Garden Ring or have such and such a number of security or infrastructure features out of a possible total attached to it.
Architects often get criticized as petty dictators. Not in the literal sense, of course, although there are question marks over Philip Johnson’s and Le Corbusier’s flirtations with fascism, in the latter case supposedly in an attempt to secure commissions from Mussolini.