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Moscow Mercury City Tops Shard as Europe’s Tallest Tower

Mercury City, the tower Russian retail billionaire Igor Kesaev is building in Moscow’s new financial district, overtook the Shard in London as Europe’s tallest skyscraper.

The tower reached its full height of 339 meters (1,112 feet), 29 meters more than the Shard, Kesaev’s Mercury Development said today, citing Hamburg-based researcher Emporis. The 70-story skyscraper, designed by U.S. architect Frank Williams, who died in 2010, and Russia’s Mikhail Posokhin, is due to be completed in the first quarter next year.