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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow Lacks Space to Bury Its Dead

Each year in Moscow, 115, 000 corpses are buried, and the city needs a new cemetery to keep up, an official at the city's main funeral service firm said Wednesday.

Moscow's 60th cemetery, Perepechinskoye Cemetery, will occupy 100 hectares on Leningradskoye Shosse 40 kilometers northwest of the city center, according to Viktor Dyganov, the deputy director of Ritual, the city-owned funeral home which handles most funerals in Moscow.

The cemetery, to be paid for by the city budget, will include funeral parlors and shops for funeral clothing and coffins as well as burial grounds, Dyganov said. It will probably be ready for use by the middle of next year, he said.

Dyganov said although 60 percent of bodies are cremated and buried in urns, which takes up minimal space, burial grounds are always in short supply. "Sometimes people want to put their relatives in the ground, and they don't have a family plot", he said. "We can't force them to cremate, can we? "