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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow No Longer City Of Dreams

The time when every Russian dreamed of moving to Moscow may be coming to an end, data from state-run pollster VTsIOM poll showed Monday.

More people now believe that they can become richer or start their business more easily in the region where they live or elsewhere in the country, the poll said.

Forty-six percent of respondents believed that they could find their fortune in Moscow, down from 57 percent a year earlier. While the number of those who said they could find a prosperous life in the regions has increased to 19 percent, from 12 percent last year.

The number of respondents saying they could find a suitable job in the capital rather than in the regions fell to 46 percent, from 57 percent last year.

“After the crisis hit, Russians turned toward stability from the adventures they pursued before,” VTsIOM spokeswoman Olga Kamenchuk said. “They tend to agree to a lower-paying but stable job at home rather than a possibly lucrative but unstable job in Moscow.”

Besides, Russians may just find the love of their life right next door.

Only 8 percent of the respondents believed that they had a better chance of finding a partner in Moscow rather than in the regions, down from 12 percent last year. The poll surveyed 1,600 people in 42 regions and republics in late August.