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Moscow, Russia

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The Resume

    (1147- )
    Russian name is Moskva
    Founding is traditionally dated as 1147
    Sacked by the Tatars (1237)
    Freed itself from subservience under Ivan the Great (late 1400s)
    Ivan greatly expanded the city's influence to include a large part of modern Russia
    His successor captured Siberia and the Volga region
    Population exceeded 200,000 (1571)
    Peter the Great moved the capital to St. Petersburg (c.1700)
    Captured by Napoleon, who was forced to leave a month later after a fire destroyed his supplies
    Rebuilt after his departure
    Population exceeded 1.4 million (1914)
    Scene of intense fighting during the Russian Revolution
    Russian (also Soviet) capital moved back to Moscow (1918)
    First metro line completed under Stalin (1935)
    Germans nearly captured the city during World War II (1941)
    Hosted the Olympic Games (1980)
    Remained capital of Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union
    Notable landmarks include the Kremlin, Red Square and Gorky Park

Why Moscow, Russia might be annoying:

    The Kremlin was captured, lost and recaptured by the Communists over an 8-day period in 1917.
    It was the capital of the largest police state in history.
    The Russian Mafia controls many of the city's businesses.
    Many old people in the city are having great economic difficulties.
    The air pollution level is fairly high.

Why Moscow, Russia might not be annoying:

    It has an excellent subway system.
    Its successful defense during World War II turned the tide of war on the Eastern Front.
    There are dozens of historic churches in the city.
    25% of all Russian tax revenue comes from Moscow.
    Muscovites rallied behind Boris Yeltsin in 1991, foiling a Communist coup attempt.
    It made a rapid transition from communism to capitalism.

Credit: Wang

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Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 77 Votes: 51.95% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 69 Votes: 49.28% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 72 Votes: 45.83% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 44 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 32 Votes: 40.62% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 8 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 10 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 15 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 13 Votes: 53.85% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 34 Votes: 67.65% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 62 Votes: 48.39% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 31 Votes: 54.84% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 39 Votes: 48.72% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 58 Votes: 77.59% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 111 Votes: 63.96% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 269 Votes: 45.35% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 249 Votes: 49.80% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 282 Votes: 52.13% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 62 Votes: 43.55% Annoying