8 murals to be inspired by when you visit Moscow

In the past decade, Russia’s street-art movement has emerged from the shadows. So much so that the Russian port city of St Petersburg now has a dedicated Street Art Museum. Moscow, in particular, has launched its own street-art initiatives. To enliven the capital city’s drab neighbourhoods and old buildings, the government has invited local artists to paint murals.

The story of Moscow’s street art begins with a single building, painted white, blue and red – the colours of the national flag. The Mosselprom (above) rises 10 storeys over the main pedestrian street, Arbat. When the building was erected almost 100 years ago, it was among the tallest in Moscow.