Pushchino (Russian Пущино ) is a town with 20.332 inhabitants (as of October 14, 2010 ) in Russia in the Moscow Oblast, about 120 km south of Moscow.


Pushchino situated on the river Oka and especially in the summer visited by many Muscovites who use their weekend land or find in their homes as a retreat from the big city. The relatively clean air and very low crime rates increase the attractiveness of the town and also lead recently to increased construction activity.

The nearest major town is Serpukhov; There is 27,5 km from Pushchino away.


Pushchino was founded in 1964 in the course of building a radio telescope. The inhabitants of the city are about a quarter scientists. In addition to other basic research institutions, such as microbiology, soil science, a Handsome Institute is represented. Several research institutions in Pushchino are part of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Further education institutions

  • Pushchino State University
  • Branch of the Lomonosov Moscow State University