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CONNECTION OF TWO CAPITALS

The first telephone Company appeared in Moscow and St. Petersburg almost simultaneously, in July 1882. Only in Moscow, however, on July 1, 1882 did the commercial exploitation of the local telephone network take place. In St. Petersburg it remained in test mode until the end of October of the same year. In St. Petersburg on October 29, 1882 (the first day of commercial service) there were 259 telephone subscribers. While in Moscow, on the same day (for the first four months of full-scale operation) there were 200 users. In addition, the first Russian long-distance call was made from St. Petersburg to Malaya Vishera in 1879.