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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cost of Moscow Utilities to Rise

The costs of utilities in Moscow will rise by up to 48 times in 1993, Itar-Tass reported Thursday, while Muscovites will also have to pay more for radio and television antennae and for their telephone bills.

According to the news agency, city officials say rates for hot water, electricity, sewage and garbage collection will rise by up to 48 times over the year.

In April there will also be a sharp increase in the amount Muscovites pay for rent. They will in future be charged for every square meter of their apartments; previously, rent was not charged for space occupied by kitchens, bathrooms and corridors.

As of Jan. 1, the monthly fee for telephones in apartments rose to 106 rubles from 42 rubles, while organizations will pay 127 rubles, up from 69. To change a number will cost 60 rubles.

Telephone installation will now cost 8, 000 rubles instead of 3, 000 for those on the waiting list, while immediate installation will cost 17, 000 rubles.