Detsky Mir

Children's World (Russian: «Де́тский мир») or Detsky Mir is a Russian children's retailer.[2] Founded in June 1957, as of February 2017, the company had 525 stores.[2] It is the largest children's goods retailer in Russia and the CIS, with the retail chain in both Russia and Kazakhstan. Detsky Mir Group also owns the ELC (Early Learning Center) retail chain in Russia.[3] In February 2017, PAO Detsky Mir listed its shares in an initial public offering.[2] Vladimir Chirakhov is the CEO.[2]

PAO Detsky Mir
Native name
Де́тский мир
IndustryChildren's retail
FoundedJune 6, 1957 in Moscow, Russia
Key people
Vladimir Chirakhov (CEO)
Revenue$1.98 billion[1] (2020)
$201 million[1] (2020)
$93.3 million[1] (2020)
Total assets$1.34 billion[1] (2020)
Total equity-$36.4 million[1] (2020)
SubsidiariesEarly Learning Center


1957-2008: Formation and first storeEdit

The original Detsky Mir department store in Moscow, pictured in 2007, shortly before it was sold and rebuilt. Detsky Mir no longer owns the original store.[2]

Detsky Mir first opened on June 6, 1957 in the center of Moscow at Lubyanka Square.[2] The original store was built between 1953 and 1957,[citation needed] with design by architect Alexey Dushkin.[4] After the original store opened, Bloomberg writes that "Detsky Mir became a household name, prompting the Soviet government to open a network of large stores by the same name."[5] Detsky Mir became a chain of children's retailers in Russia in the 2000s.[2]

In 2005, the original Detsky Mir building received the status of cultural heritage at the regional level.[citation needed] The original Detsky Mir building was Russia's largest toy shop from 1957 until 2008, when it was sold by Detsky Mir[5] to VTB[4] and was closed for restoration,[4] with the cost of the restoration estimated at US $138 million.[6] The building reopened on March 31, 2015 under the name Central Children's Store on Lubyanka.[4] The historical name still belonged to the owner of the building as the trade network "Children's World."[5][7][8]

2008-2016: Growth of storesEdit

Two children walk into a Detsky Mir store in 1985.

The Wall Street Journal writes that "the main owner of Detsky Mir, conglomerate AFK Sistema, put off plans for an IPO in 2014."[2] Bloomberg writes "Sistema’s founder, billionaire Vladimir Evtushenkov, shelved a planned IPO of Detsky Mir in 2014 after Russia’s annexation of Crimea."[9]

By 2015, the Detsky Mir chain had around 320 locations and was owned by Vladimir Evtushenkov.[5] The company expected 2016 revenue of $1.3 billion (79.2 billion rubles) for 2016, a 30% increase from 2015.[2] In 2016, Detsky Mir reported 31-percent growth in revenue to 79.5 billion roubles (1 billion pounds).[10] As of December 31, 2016, it operated 525 stores, with 468 in Russia and 12 in Kazakhstan.[11] “Children’s World” opened around 200 stores between 2015 and early 2017, with plans to open 250 over the next three years, bringing the total to 700.[9] As of February 2017, the company had 525 stores, with plans to open 250 more by 2020.[2]

2017: IPO and international expansionEdit

R&D building for Detsky Mir

After Detsky Mir closed the book on an IPO on February 7,[12] on February 8, 2017, PAO Detsky Mir listed its shares "in the first major initial public offering in Russia since the annexation of Crimea."[2] At the time of its IPO, Detsky Mir was majority owned by System and partly owned by The Russia China Investment Fund (RCIF).[13] System retained just over 50% of the shares after the IPO, while RCIF retained a share of around 13%.[13] Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley were appointed as joint global coordinators and bookrunners, while UBS Investment Bank and Sberbank CIB were also joint book runners.[13] The IPO raised $355 million, valuing the company at around $1 billion,[2][13] with plans for stock to begin trading on February 10, 2017.[2] It debuted on the Moscow Exchange on Friday on February 10, 2017.[14] When Detsky Mir launched on the RTS Micex stock exchange in Moscow, over the half of the shares went to non-Russian entities and individuals.[15] Around 90 percent of the shares were bought by foreign investors.[16][17] As of August 2017, Detsky Mir’s IPO was still the largest that year in Russia.[18]

As of March 2017, the company had a growing e-commerce business.[13] It also had plans to open 250 new stores by 2010, with 70 to open in 2017 and several openings scheduled for Kazakhstan to add to the 12 stores there.[13] That month, Detsky Mir Group (Detsky Mir, Early Learning Center, and online stores) announced it was considering entering into the Indian market.[19]


The company sells toys, games, large items, products for newborns, apparel and footwear, and stationery.[11] Bloomberg writes in February 2017 that the franchise "offers everything from strained carrots to bicycles to frilly party dresses in stores that often feature entertainment areas where kids play with Lego bricks and shoot Nerf balls."[9] In August 2017, Detsky Mir partnered with the Lego Group to support Ninjago in Russia.[20]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Consolidated Financial StatementsFor the Year Ended 31 December 2020 and Independent Auditor's Report" (PDF). Detskiy Mir. 1 March 2021. p. 62. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Marson, James; Razumovskaya, Olga (February 8, 2017), Investors Warm to Russia, With Toy-Store Owner Set to Be First Big IPO Since 2014, New York City: The Wall Street Journal, retrieved February 8, 2017
  3. ^ Detksy Mir, Sistema, retrieved February 12, 2017
  4. ^ a b c d d'Amora, Delphine (March 31, 2015), Soviet Union's Top Toy Store Back in Business, The Moscow Times
  5. ^ a b c d Khrennikov, Ilya (March 31, 2015), Hamleys Moscow Store Transcends Toy Retailer’s London Flagship, Bloomberg
  6. ^ Soviet-era mega toy store re-opens in Moscow after 7-year renovation, The Malay Mail Online, April 5, 2015
  7. ^ Do not advertise a past dark with pain, The Financial Times, March 26, 2015
  8. ^ Legendary Soviet children’s store reopens after refit, Taipei Times AFP, April 4, 2015
  9. ^ a b c Khrennikov, Ilya; Matlack, Carol (February 8, 2017), Detsky Mir Aims to Prove Toys R Russia With $355 Million IPO, New York City: Bloomberg, retrieved February 12, 2017
  10. ^ "Russian toy retailer Detsky Mir sees 2017 revenue rising 30 percent - Interfax". Reuters. June 24, 2017. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Company Overview of Public Joint Stock Company Detsky Mir, Bloomberg, retrieved September 5, 2017
  12. ^ Russia's Detsky Mir narrows IPO price range to 85-87 roubles -source, Reuters, February 7, 2017, retrieved February 18, 2017
  13. ^ a b c d e f Joanne Hart (March 4, 2017). "Moscow IPO is child's play for Detsky Mir". The Banker. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  14. ^ Kiselyova, Maria (February 10, 2017), Russian toy retailer Detsky Mir rises in market debut, New York City: Bloomberg, retrieved February 12, 2017
  15. ^ Kenneth Rapoza (August 25, 2017). "Where Market Liquidity Is Really Coming From". Forbes. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  16. ^ Seddon, Max (February 8, 2017), Russian retailer Detsky Mir raises $355m in ‘litmus test’ IPO, Financial Times, retrieved February 12, 2017
  17. ^ Investors Are Tiptoeing Back Into Russia with This Unusual IPO, Reuters, February 8, 2017, retrieved February 12, 2017
  18. ^ Kenneth Rapoza (August 7, 2017). "Russia's 'Darth Vader' Takes On Another Billionaire In Massive Lawsuit". Forbes. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  19. ^ "Detsky Mir sees potential in India's growing middle class". Russia Beyond. March 1, 2017. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  20. ^ Mercedes Milligan (August 17, 2017). "WB, LEGO Group Build 'Ninjago Movie' Global Program". Animation Magazine. Retrieved September 5, 2017.

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