1925 – 1930
Experts K. Mushenkov and S. Rozanov of the Department of Moscow Urban Roads and Tram Network developed a draft project of metro.  The project included the building of four diametric and one circle lines along Sadovoye Koltso (Garden Ring) totaling 50 km long.

1931, June
Decision of the Plenum of the Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Party [Bolsheviks] concerning metro building .  L. Kaganovich, a member of Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, was appointed a party curator of the building.

Herbert Wells came to Moscow 10 years after his first visit. The English novelist was informed of the plans to build underground in Moscow and advised hospitable hosts to abandon their idea of utopia and buy 1000 buses in England to organize normal passenger transportation in the city.

1932, November.
The first section of the metro was laid in the yard of an unremarkable small house on Rusakovskoe Shosse [13a] not far from Mitkova railway overpass.

1933, December 31.
Several vertical shafts and tunnels of 443 m. long were built.

1934, October 15.
The first trail train ran from Kalanchevskaya Ploshad to Sokolniki.

1935, May 14.
The grand meeting devoted to the completion of the construction of the first phase of the Moscow Metro.  The participants of the meeting said:  “We want the structure, which is larger than any palace; theatre serves millions, raises the spirit of human being…  Bourgeois try to depict us, Bolsheviks, proletarians, as barbarians, culture destroyers.   This lie of our enemies is unmasked once and for all. …”

1935, May 15.
In 5:35 am doors of 11 stations of the 1st phase of the L.M.kaganovich Moscow Metro were opened, totaling 11.6 km long and 13 stations.

Three stations of the 1st phase – Sokolniki, Krasny Vorota, and Dvorets Sovetov [Kropotkinskaya since 1957] – were awarded with Grand Prix of the World Exhibition in Paris.


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