Moscow is the capital and the largest city of Russia with 12.2 million residents within the city limits and 16.8 million within the urban area. It is the capital of the Central Federal District and Moscow Oblast, together with the second one constituting the Moscow metropolitan area, totalling a population of 19.4 million residents. Moscow is a major political, economic, cultural and scientific center in Russia, as well as the largest city on the European continent. In broader definitions Moscow is among world's largest cities, being the 13th largest metro area, the 17th largest agglomeration, the 16th largest urban area and the 9th largest within limits city worldwide.




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