Rizhskaya (Kaluzhsko–Rizhskaya line)

Rizhskaya (Russian: Рижская) is a Moscow Metro station in the Meshchansky District, North-Eastern Administrative Okrug, Moscow. It is on the Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya Line, between Prospekt Mira and Alekseyevskaya stations. It is named after the nearby Rizhsky railway station (which was named after and serves trains to the Latvian capital, Riga) and was designed by Latvian architects A. Reinfelds and V. Apsītis. The brightly colored Latvian ceramics employed throughout the station make it instantly recognizable. The pylons, which follow the curve of the station tube, are faced with reddish-brown tile and sandwiched between piers faced with lemon yellow tile and decorated with gold-colored cornices. The ventilation grilles above the pylons are decorated with the coat of arms of the Latvian SSR . The station opened on 1 May 1958.


Moscow Metro station
Rizhskaya station.jpg
LocationRizhskaya Square
Meshchansky District
North-Eastern Administrative Okrug
Coordinates55°47′37″N 37°38′10″E / 55.7936°N 37.6362°E / 55.7936; 37.6362Coordinates: 55°47′37″N 37°38′10″E / 55.7936°N 37.6362°E / 55.7936; 37.6362
Owned byMoskovsky Metropoliten
Line(s)#6 Kaluzhsko–Rizhskaya line Kaluzhsko–Rizhskaya line
Platforms1 island platform
Depth46 metres (151 ft)
Platform levels1
Other information
Station code092
Opened1 May 1958; 63 years ago (1958-05-01)
Closed22 August 2020; 12 months ago (2020-08-22)
200915 304 450
Preceding station   Moscow Metro   Following station
Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya line
toward Medvedkovo
Rizhskaya is located in Moscow Metro
Location within Moscow Metro

The round vestibule, which was designed by S.M. Kravets, Yu.A. Kolesnikova, and G.E. Golubev, is located on the east side of Prospekt Mira at Rizhskaya Square.

2004 terrorist bombingEdit

The Rizhskaya station was the site of a terrorist attack by Chechen separatists that occurred shortly after 8 pm on 31 August 2004, in which a bomb was detonated killing 10 people and injuring another 50, some 30 of them seriously.[1] The suicide bombing was thought initially to have been carried out by Roza Nagayeva, but she in fact took part in the Beslan school siege in Ingushetia that started the next day, and was herself killed when the school was stormed several days later.


  1. ^ Erin E Arvedlund and Sophia Kishkovsky, "After a Spate of Bombings, Moscow's Full of Foreboding", The New York Times 2 September 2004; Arina Borodina, "Terroristicheskaia Sekta," Kommersant" 2 September 2004.