Russian word for Moscow – Moskva

“Moscow” is “Москва” (“Moskva”) in Russian. The Moskva River is “Москва-река” (“Moskva-reka”). Moscow is considered to be named after the Moskva River. If this name comes from Baltic languages, the baltic form Mask-ava can be the original form. The root “Mask” is related to a “junction” and a “bog”. That makes sense since the Moscow River is meandering. There are different theories but one thing is obvious. The name is related to “water” and “dampness”.

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