Moscow Metros Unveiled
After three years of construction, a hunger strike and several
demonstrations, the Moscow Metro opened three new stations, with Mayor
Yury Luzhkov among its first passengers.
"The energy that has gone into this project is tremendous and that
makes this a wonderful day," said Boris Yatskov, chief engineer of
Mosmetrostroi, the state construction company which is responsible for
"Moscow has the most beautiful Metro in the world and these new
stations will be unique in their own way but just as beautiful as the
other ones," he added. Opened May 1935, the Moscow Metro serves
approximately 9 million people, more than any other subway.
The new Metro stations - Maryno, Bratislavskaya and Lyublino - will
serve as extensions to the Chkalovskaya-Krasnodonskaya Metro line,
which runs from Kursk railway station to the southeastern end of the
Workers were spraying down the marble floors at the newly completed
stations whose extensions will bring an additional 6.3 kilometers of
tracks to the line. Begun in 1993, the project has met with continuous
financial crises, causing unrest among irregularly paid workers.
This autumn, nine workers spent four weeks on a hunger strike
protesting unpaid wages. They finally received 10 million to 12
million rubles ($1,800 to $2,000) in back pay and wages from their