President Nursultan Nazarbayev along with the Akim (Mayor) of Almaty Akmetzhan Yessimov, well-known Kazakh businessman Kenes Rakishev, Ambassador of Russia Mikhail Bocharnikov and several officials participated in the opening ceremony of the Sairan and Moskva stations. Nazarbayev travelled by subway with Yessimov.
The Moskva station is situated at 11-meter depth under Abay avenue between Otegen Batyr street and Altynsarin avenue. The design of the new station features a vibrant red colour and photography of the Red Square and the Kremlin. According to the press office of the Akimat (Municipal Authorities), the construction of the metro line will be continued. The metro line will be extended along Abay avenue from Altynsarin avenue towards Yassauy street. The Akimat promised to open the Saryarka and Dostyk stations in the future.
The Almaty Subway opened on December 1, 2011. The subway line initially consisted of seven metro stations: Raimbek Batyr, Zhibek Zholy, Almaly, Abay, Baikonur, Mukhtar Auezov’s Drama Theatre and Alatau. All stations are equipped with passenger gates, TVMs and ticketing system developed and made by CJSC ELSY.