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Moscow Becoming Multi-Ethnic

Posted: Jan. 2nd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

The face of Moscow is rapidly changing these days as the dominant population of Slavs is rapidly being diluted by migrating ethnicities that are very quickly turning the city into a melting pot. Among these, Muslims from central Asia are becoming the fastest growing and doing well to establish good careers.

MOSCOW (AP) — Timur Bulgakov has a black belt in karate, two university degrees, a powerful SUV and a small yet thriving construction company. The 28-year-old's success is impressive for a Muslim migrant from Uzbekistan whose first job in Moscow 10 years ago was as a delivery boy.


But his story is no longer that unusual.


The old Moscow, populated largely by Slavs, is rapidly giving way to a multi-ethnic city where Muslims from Central Asia are the fastest growing sector of the population. And they are changing the face of Moscow as their numbers rise and they move up the career ladder, taking on more visible roles in society.


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