The Active Citizen project united five million citizens

April 28
City administration

More than five million people have already signed up for the Active Citizen project. Sergei Sobyanin wrote about this in his account in the VKontakte social network.


On average, several hundred citizens join the project every day.

"The first million participants joined the project in 2015. In 2018, the two millionth user signed up. In April 2020, there were already three million participants. In general, over the past year, the project's audience has grown more than 1.5 times. We are very pleased that more and more Muscovites want to participate in the life of the capital and influence the changes that are taking place in the city," said Alexander Pishchelko, Head of the State Public Institution ‘New Management Technologies’.

It is important for Muscovites to participate in the Active Citizen project voting and express their opinion. People join the project because they know that their voices will be heard. In its turn, the Active Citizen project is an important channel for the city to receive feedback from its dwellers.

For almost seven years, the project has held more than 4.9 thousand votes and expressed more than 156 million opinions. They concerned the most important spheres of life: education, health care, development of transport infrastructure, improvement and landscaping of streets, parks, courtyards, embankments. The city implements those options for the development of the specified topics, in favor of which the majority of the voting participants speak.

What is important for ‘active citizens’ and what changes they have achieved

Since 2014, according to the results of voting in the project, the city has implemented more than 3.4 thousand solutions. For example, as part of the Million Trees campaign where citizens choose plants for landscaping yards, more than one million and 150 thousand trees and shrubs were planted.

In addition, more than two thousand Moscow courtyards were improved. Modern children's and sports grounds, as well as areas for dogs walking have appeared there. The addresses for improvement and their fitting (swings, children's play complexes, benches, sports simulators) were chosen during the voting in the Active Citizen project by residents of the specific districts.

The area for improvement has always been one of the priorities for the project. Thanks to the decisions based on ‘active citizens’ opinion, the appearance of streets and squares in the center of Moscow has changed. Comfortable pedestrian zones with expanded sidewalks for walking appeared, trees and shrubs were planted, convenient bus stops were equipped, and much more.

With the help of voting, the capital dwellers chose how to transform parks and urban recreation areas. For example, the floodplain of the Bitsa River, the Khodynskoye Polye Park, the Svyatoslav Fedorov Park, the territories near the Jewish Museum and the Tolerance Center and at the main entrance of VDNKh.

Photo by Yevgeny Samarin,

Another important area for voting is health care. It was in the Active Citizen project that they supported the renewal of polyclinics according to the new Moscow standard. More than 212 thousand people expressed their opinion. And more than 70 percent of them approved the main provisions of the new Moscow standard for polyclinics. In accordance with it, it is planned to put in order 137 buildings. To date, the main work has been carried out in 11 polyclinics.

Also, according to the results of the citizens' voting last year, an electronic medical card became available to patients of Moscow polyclinics. This project was supported by more than 80 percent of the Active Citizen participants. Now Muscovites can view online at any time the appointments of attending doctors, medication order prescribed, the results of laboratory tests, tests for COVID-19 and other tests, as well as information about vaccinations made.

Questions related to the work of urban transport are popular among the project participants. Thanks to ‘active citizens’, nine new bus routes were launched, including three night routes. According to the voting results in the project, the transport fleet was updated: electric buses and modern models of trams began to run in the streets of Moscow. The opinions of citizens were also taken into account when choosing the design concept for five metro stations: Stromynka, Rzhevskaya, Sheremetyevskaya, Solntsevo and Novoperedelkino.

The project participants helped to solve many other issues in transport sector. For example, in 2019, the majority of ‘active citizens’ supported the construction of the metro Big Circle Line. Comments were made on this large-scale project, and the name of the new outbound route (the southern alternate route of Kutuzovsky Prospekt) was chosen. According to the results of the vote, the alternate route was named in honor of the hero of the Patriotic War of 1812 - General Dorokhov.

Photo by Yulia Ivanko,

To increase the interest and involvement of dwellers in the Active Citizen project, various actions are regularly held. For example, the Spring Marathon allows everyone to test their knowledge of the history and culture of Moscow. Participants answer questions prepared by professional guides and scientific staff of the capital's museums.

"The project allows the dwellers and their city to develop jointly the digital ecosystem of the capital. The citizens’ opinion is at the heart of digitalization: we create and develop exactly those services that help dwellers and are really in demand among Muscovites. At the same time, the capabilities of the platform itself are expanding, in which together with users we develop and implement new formats for interaction and discussion of ideas. Active Citizen - one of the drivers of urban changes, therefore the work on the development of the site will continue further," said Eduard Lysenko, the Minister of the Moscow Government, Head of the Moscow Department of Information Technologies.

You can see what has changed or appeared in Moscow by the decision of ‘active citizens’ on the online map. It has already been applied to more than 1.6 thousand objects. These are children's and sports grounds, landscaped streets, parks and recreation areas, year-round fairs built in the districts of the capital, and venues for the Moscow Seasons festivals.


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