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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Exhibition Center Planned

VVTsAn artist's rendering of the design selected for the new International Exhibition Center to be built next to the VVTs.
City Hall on Tuesday adopted a plan that will more than double the city's indoor exhibition space by 2010.

The project, expected to cost taxpayers some $680 million, will create roughly 275,000 square meters of exhibition space, bringing the city's total to 575,000 square meters.

Almost 70 percent of the new space will be located at the International Exhibition Center, scheduled to be built alongside the All-Russian Exhibition Center, or VVTs, in northeast Moscow.

"[The All-Russian Exhibition Center] is not big enough for Moscow, and it's not big enough for Russia," Mayor Yury Luzhkov said during Tuesday's city government meeting.

At 108,000 square meters, the All-Russian Exhibition Center is now the largest indoor market complex in Moscow.

In recent months, however, some of its stalls have stood empty as Russia cracked down on unregistered immigrants. A law that went into effect Jan. 15 reduced the number of migrant traders at the country's bazaars by 60 percent. That figure will rise to 100 percent on April 1.

Magomet Musayev, general director of the All-Russian Exhibition Center, said he expected vendors of "global significance" to fill the stalls of the new international expo-center. "The agriculture merchants [of the All-Russian Exhibition Center] will have nothing to do with the new complex."

Yevgeny Panteleyev, the City Duma deputy who presented the construction plan, did not address the possibility of the new stalls standing idle.

"A modern exposition center does not exist in Moscow. ... It will bring in a lot of investment, I am certain of that," Panteleyev said. He could not be reached for further comment after Tuesday's meeting.