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The German Community in Moscow

INDEX The Germans in Moscow

10. Dr Andreas Knaul 12. Dr Karin von Bismark, Vorstandsvorsitzende WCR 14. Wirtschaftsclub Russland 16. Simone Hillman 17. Uwe Leuschner 18. Susanne van Alphen 20. Chris Helmbrecht


3. Book Reviews 6. The Down Under Ball 7. The IWC’s 35th Anniversary 8. St. Patrick’s Day 22. Lucy and Adrian Kenyon 27. Social Movers 28. Jonathan Salway and the Moscow English Theatre 30. Community Noticeboard


Real Estate 34. Tula Region


36. To Russia With Love


40. Russian Train Sets


42. Vacation Packing Made Easy

Travel in Russia 44. Spirits on Solovetsky


48. Brian Johnson 50. Financial Planning. Dispelling the Myths 52. Chris Weafer. No Need To Leave.


54. The Napoleon Hostel in Moscow


56. Expat resilience 61. Dr Alla Anastas, US Dental Care 62. The Nikolskaya Health Club 64. Retirement


31. Children of the World International School 32. The British Football School


66. 1994. The Ugly Truth 68. Krasnodar 1994. Frederickovich

Moscow Good Food Club

70. Wine Religion 72. Restaurant Chekonte, Intercontinental Tverskaya 74. Real Food Restaurant, Crowne Plaza


76. Armenian Lahmadjo

Bars, cafes and restaurants 78-87

Community Services 88-96


Editor’s Letter


elcome to the summer edition of Moscow expat Life. In this issue we feature the roughly 22,000-strong German expat community in Moscow, which is a numerous and powerful group of people. The German community is highly active in business here, although they keep a low profile. We interview Dr Karin von Bismark, CEO of Wirtschaftsclub Russland, and other leading Germans in business here. But it is not only business that Germans excel in here, as Chris Helmbrecht describes in his interview. Of all the charities we have covered so far in Moscow expat Life, Debbie Deegan’s To Russia With Love, must be one of the must worthy causes to support. In this issue, Debbie tells the story of her involvement with Russia form 1998 onwards. Her life and activities in Russia support the view that the Irish are one of the most generous of nations. Despite our efforts to stop the British dominating this magazine, they keep on popping up. In this issue we run features on the Moscow English Theatre, directed and founded by the talented and courageous Johnathan Salway, as well as the British Football Club, created by Richard Speers. We also present South African Ian Lyut’s final part of his amazing ‘Solovki’ series. Perhaps the most relevant useful article that we have ever run is Kim Waddoup’s interview with Lucy and Adrian Kenyon. These two expats (OK, British) and their children, came here, did everything — and then some, and left in true expat style. They have a lot of advice to pass on, and we see this interview as being the essence of what our brief is: helping expats enjoy Moscow. Members of the burgeoning Moscow Good Food Club who are of mostly European origin, not that Brits aren’t welcome, fill six pages of this issue as the club held no less than three meets since the spring issue, and demand for more frequent club events is growing.


Book Review Making Perfect

Long time expat Teri Lindeberg’s book ‘Making Perfect’ approaches Russian employment issues from an interesting point of view. Instead of basing her research on academic reports or on the books and articles of ‘experts’ who live elsewhere, Teri has based her book on 50 ‘Tea with Teri’ interviews she had with people working in her own company. The result is a fascinating look at the world of employment

in Russia from the employee’s point of view. Issues such as ageism, sexual discrimination, management effectiveness and many others, are talked about as they occur in reallife work situations. The drawback with Teri’s research is that she concentrated her efforts on employees of her own company, which is probably one of the best companies to be employed by in Moscow. Be this as it may, the

testimonies provided in this book together with Teri’s own analysis of her chats provide a wealth of information for any serious job seeker or employer who takes his or her company’s work seriously. It’s a mustread for employment on Russia. You can get this book from:, Amazon. com, and Moscow book shops ‘Respublika, Biblio Globus, Moskva, and Moscow House of Books (MDK)’.

Stephen Lapeyrouse

American Individuality and Russian Community, and the Potent Alchemy of National Characteristics’ In this book, independent American scholar, philosopher and journalist Stephen Lapeyrouse addresses the global issues of national consciousness and fundamental spiritual values, traces the evolution of the ‘American Dream’ and observes the revival of ‘Holy Russia’ after 70 years

of Communist regime. He compares Western reason and Eastern faith and proves one needs another, explores spiritual connections between two great nations on the example of such kindred philosophical movements as American Transcendentalism (R. W. Emerson, H. D. Thoreau ) and Russian Slavophilism (I. Kireyevsky, A. Khomyakov). Lapeyrouse points to the necessity of mutually beneficial spiritual

convergence of two countries without losing their uniqueness. Far from being a dry academic research, the book is written in a lively ingenuous manner and based on author’s personal experience and profound knowledge of history and culture of America and Russia. First published in 1990 after author’s annual travels to Russia since 1986, the book is now available for free download. Available on Amazon Constantin Kuznetsov, Moscow

An expat in Moscow who will be known to some of you, Ian Mitchell, has just published a book (his fourth) which ought to find a wide readership here since it is about law, judges and the ways in which the rule of law is upheld. Though Ian is

writing about Scotland, he includes a lot of material about the American and English legal systems, and a long chapter about the famous Engineers’ Trial in this city in 1933. Six British engineers working on the electrification of the Soviet Union under the first Five Year Plan were accused of both spying and ‘wrecking’. The subtitle of Ian’s book is, ‘Show me the judge and I’ll tell you the law’. He shows how this applies to Scotland, the United States and England,

but also, surprisingly, how it applied in 1930s Moscow. The person who was ultimately in control of the court was not the oily, half-Latvian sadist, Vassily Ulrikh, who sat in the judge’s chair, but Stalin himself, who orchestrated all aspects of the performance. Even in the USSR it was true to say: ‘Show me the judge and I’ll tell you the law.’ John Campbeltown Available on Amazon and Kindle, just type in: The Justice Factory

Teri Lindeberg, founder and CEO of Staffwell

‘Towards the Spiritual Convergence of America and Russia: American Mind and Russian Soul,

Show me the Judge And I’ll Tell You the Law, Ian Mitchell


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he 3rd annual Down Under Ball - 2014 held April 5th at Moscow’s Renaissance Monarch Hotel was a phenomenal success thanks to our main sponsors EY and Orica!. The Aussie Down Under Charity Ball is a prestigious event on Moscow’s social calendar, organized by the RussianAustralian Business Association in support of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia, children’s mentoring program. This year’s extraordinary evening was staged with generous touches of Australiana. Everything from the wonderful table arrangements and the huge

Australian flag as the stage backdrop, to the cowboy hat sporting MC, performing live Australian rock music, a didgeridoo performance with the accompaniment of clapping sticks, an Australian photographic exhibition, a Cigar Room with free cigars and of course the incredible Australian cuisine, the crowning number here being the succulent Australian beef, proudly supplied by MLA. The evening’s program also consisted of a charity raffle, a few of the prizes being: a large Australian Beefeater BBQ grill and the ‘Ultimate Aussie Survival Pack’, comprising a huge Techni-Ice cooler box, full of Aussie food products. An exciting

auction, where among other lots was an enormous Australian indigenous painting. The amazing evening played host to accomplished industry leaders, honored heads of the Australian, New Zealand and Irish Embassies in Moscow and distinguished guest of honor - 12 time Russian Olympic champion Alexei Nemov and his wife. The Ball raised more than three and a half million rubles in support of ‘BBBS Russia’ – a wonderful charity, which assists and mentors at-risk children and adolescents. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia is devoted to saving the lives of Russia’s forgotten children. Their program helps children to assimilate social skills and responsibilities, preparing them for adulthood.



The IWC’s 35th Anniversary


our women who were accompanying their husbands on diplomatic assignments founded the International Women’s Club of Moscow in 1978. Their idea was to bring the women of all foreign nations represented in the Soviet Union’s capital together for friendship, activities and cultural exchange. 35 years later, this original purpose is still relevant and going strong. The 35th anniversary of the IWC was the theme of the 2013/2014 season in which new activities like a Martini Night, Wine Evening and Charity Art Auction were organized. Regular events received a festive touch: at the September General Meeting, members received a well-stuffed anniversary-themed gift bag, guests enjoyed the birthday cake at the Embassies of the World Dinner and Ball, and the June GM at Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre was the finale of this special season.

Interest Group in the spotlight: Summer Trips The IWC organizes over 40 different Interest Groups. Members of the Club can sign up for activities in the categories Art & Craft, Body, Mind & Soul, Children, Cooking, Wining & Dining, Culture, Dance, Languages, Music and Outdoor Sport. Most of these groups run throughout the year, but each summer the IWC, the American Women’s Organization and the British Women’s Club work together to offer their members a series of interesting Summer Trips. From June till early September, IWC members can explore some of the lovely towns, estates and monasteries surrounding Moscow during a weekly day trip.

Goodbye & Thank You, Izabella Every summer, there are IWC members that reach the end of their assignment and leave Moscow for

a new adventure. This summer, the Club does not only say goodbye to these members, but also to its President since Ms Izabella Zajączkowska, President of the IWC for the past two seasons, returns to Poland with her family. All IWC members know Ms Zajączkowska as a charming and dedicated President, and especially her Steering Committee colleagues want to thank her for her commitment to the Club and for her collegiality and friendship. Combining her responsibilities as spouse of the Polish ambassador and as IWC President, Ms Zajączkowska efficiently chaired Steering Committee meetings, successfully convinced embassies and other organizations to support the IWC, and made everybody feel welcome in the Club with friendly words and a warm smile. Ms Zajączkowska will be missed as President, but kept in many hearts as a close friend!

IWC Charities Since the end of the 1980s, raising funds for charitable activities has become an increasingly important goal for the IWC. At the moment the IWC Charities Group has 21 on-going projects that receive continuous support year by year, but the Group also tries to accommodate emergency requests. The main focus is on children but elderly, destitute and refugees are helped as well. All in all the IWC reaches out to over 1500 people in need in Moscow and close surroundings on a yearly basis, not only with financial support but also with donations (e.g. clothing) and on-site help from a great team of volunteers!




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Ag an 15ú Márta bhí muid ag ceilliúradh Lá ‘le Pádraig i Sokolniki páirc, Moscó. Bhí go leor craic agus ceol ann sa gcaoi gur bhain na duine uillig an-sult as – agus bhí go leor piontaí ollta ag gach, cinnte. Eagraithe, go raibh míle maith agaibh! On the 15th of March we were celebrating St Patrick’s Day in Sokolniki Park, Moscow. Lots of music and fun was had resulting in enjoyable time for everyone – needless to say, lots of pints were had by one and all as well. Thank you, organisers.


Business Insights


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Dr. Andreas Knaul Managing Par tner, Rödl & Par tner Please tell us a little about yourself I have been working in the field of Russian law since 1993. I have lived in Russia from 1996 to 1999, originally working for Arthur Andersen. I then spent 6 years in Brussels at the European Commission, working mainly on European Competition law. Then I taught European law in Riga for a year; spent 2005 and 2006 in Moscow, and then left for Ukraine for three years, where I started a law firm in Kyiv. After three years there I moved back to Moscow in 2009. I now specialise in advising German firms in Russian business and corporate law.

What are the main differences between German and Russian Business Law, as you see it? Let’s start with what German and Russian business law has in common. They are both based on written law that is stated in statutes of law; unlike Anglo Saxon law, which is traditionally based on the spoken law, in the way the law is recorded. Anglo-Saxon law is to a large extent a judge-based law. In Germany as in Russia, our laws are established and written down, and interpreted by judges. The difference between Russian and German law is in each country’s legal history. In Germany for the last 100-150 years, we have had a market-based economy, which created the need for an adequate legal system, and in Russia for the past 20 years we have had the same


capitalist system, but before that there was 70 years of socialism. There is a large difference between German and Russian law on the level of interpretation. To put it simply, Russian lawyers tend to interpret the law word by word, and the German lawyer interprets the spirit of the law, which is still something unusual in Russia, although Russian lawyers will try to find out what the spirit of the law is.

What are the main differences that you have noticed in terms of living here? I am an attorney in Berlin, which is not a small city, in our understanding, but has a population of only 3.5 million. Moscow has at least 12 million people, and both cities cover more or less the same territory. In Moscow there is obviously less green space than we have in Berlin. This influences the quality of life. Everything is much more expensive here. Renting housing is roughly three times more expensive and to buy is even more, maybe four times as expensive as in Berlin. These are the main differences, then of course there is the high traffic volume in Moscow.

Is it important for a German lawyer to live in Russia in order to understand the way of doing things here? I think it’s definitely an advantage if you live here and you actually understand what is going on. To understand what is going on means you have to speak the language. If

you want to advise German business people on how to do business in Russia, then you must understand what is going on and how business is being done in Russia.

What do you love and hate about Moscow? Well obviously I like it, otherwise I wouldn’t have come back three times, and I have no plans to leave. What I would say about Moscow is that it is a big city. It’s a city that offers a lot in terms of quality of life, in terms of culture with 50 or 60 theatres to choose from, three main opera halls, there is something going on every night. What I don’t like so much is the pollution that comes with a lot of traffic, the fact that it is difficult to get out to the countryside either by train or car. But overall, I like it a lot. I love the trips to the regions; I like it when I can combine a business trip with a bit of hiking.

Where do you go in Moscow; what do you do, when you want to be reminded of Germany? When I want to be reminded of Germany I go to a German or Bavarian restaurant, to the Paulaner for example, however if I want to be reminded of Berlin I take a plane to Berlin which gets me there in two and a half hours. So it is faster to get to Berlin than to go to a dacha probably. Unlike the 1990’s when it was still difficult to get to the airports, and border control and customs were lengthy, these days it’s very fast and convenient, often a lot faster than in Germany.

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Dr Karin von Bismark, CEO, Vorstandsvorsitzende WCR e.V What is the Wirtschaftsclub Russland? The Wirtschaftsclub Russland is an umbrella organisation for German- speaking business people in Russia. We created it because we saw approximately 5 years ago that there was a need to bring Germans, Swiss and Austrian business people together with the Russian business community in an informal way. Now we have expanded and are not only working with the German speaking community. We hold events throughout the year, our last one being ‘Building European Bridges’ on the 1st of April, when we invited Olympic Medalists Alexander Schachner and Wolfgang Fasching. In these tense times, it’s good to look at the positive side of things and unite people. This is the business club’s underlying mission. We are neutral, not religious or political, we believe in bringing people together. That’s what can actually


move the world forward. We hold cultural events, we promote sports, do networking and discuss relevant business themes. With the aim of connecting business people in Russia with their counterparts in western Europe, apart from our meetings in Moscow, we also hold events in Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Zurich, Vienna and in Berlin.

How is it financed? Just by membership fees and sponsors.

Are you able to do everything you want to do, or are you limited by lack of financial support? We are not able to do everything we want to do, but not due to a lack of money. Sometimes we would appreciate it if people were more active, but people are all very busy and events take some time and effort to organise. But when we

want to do something, we always find people who want to support us, and it works very well. Of course we are always happy to receive more funding from companies and individuals who support the idea of bringing people together, who use the business club as a platform for their communications.

How do you help German companies enter the Russian market? Mainly by bringing people together. Of course we have specialists for law, logistics and many other areas in our club, but we don’t sell services. We just bring the right people together. If somebody says: “I want to go to Russia, who do I need to speak to?” we say, “why don’t you talk to those people,” we introduce them to people we personally know and recommend. We work very much by word of mouth referrals, and talking directly to the right people.

German Community What about helping Russian companies export to Germany? It’s exactly the same thing. We work together with German local associations, who want to bring business to this area. Our website is now in Russian, English and German, so this is also transforming our events. Also, and this is very important, we have founded an umbrella organisation under which East European Business Clubs from Ukraine, Belorussia, Kazakhstan, Romania, Bulgaria and Poland all get together. So if people are interested in doing business in Kazakhstan, we can also connect them with people there. We have already had one meeting in Kiev, now we have one in Berlin, the next one will be in Siebenbuergen, Romania, in September.

A lot of business associations have problems in deciding what is more important: business or culture, when compiling agendas for their events. How do you handle this issue?

We don’t even want to distinguish them, because what we notice is that we have two different target groups. For example the Russians who come to our meetings prefer to come to casual events. Russian business people don’t usually go to business events as such, but they come to good casual events. Nevertheless they do business there. It’s as much about business as about bringing people together. Our next big event was the economic congress and banquet on March 23 and 24th in Moscow in the Kempinksi Batschughn. All info about our events is on www.

What is your gut feeling about how things are going to go in Russia over the next year or two? Our motto is bringing people and companies together. We do this by working with individuals on a personal level. On that level, things are

fine and we believe they will remain the same, and that’s what we try to focus on. If individual relationships are working, then the other things will follow. At the moment we have a lot of hiccups in the press and the media, everybody is jumping on bad news, but we focus on the good news and on the working relationships that we have, on the relationships between Russia, Germany and Europe, on a personal level. That’s what we are concerned about.

Do you personally like living here? I love a lot of things about Moscow. I love the hype, the energy. I like sunsets on the Moscow River in summer, I like cold days when it is minus 20, blue skies, I like a lot of things here. I have started to love Russian people, and to understand the culture. But I also loved to live in Frankfurt and Switzerland, so as they say: ‘wherever you place your head, that’s your home.’


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RUSSLAND ‘Building European Bridges’ Hotel Kempinski-Nikolskaya, New Year 2014


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Please tell us about what activities you do together with Germans in Moscow


write a newsletter for German speaking people, called MosKultInfo (Moskauer Kulturinformationen). The newsletter contains a lot of information about the capital Moscow, other Russian and former Soviet towns and landscapes, about Russian culture, music, literature, architecture, painting, about religion, customs and popular art. There is information about exhibitions, concerts, cinema and theatre. I have a blog http://www. , in this you can find articles of back issues. I send the newsletter once a month by email to my readers. Contact: I lead walks through Moscow’s charming places. Everybody knows the Kremlin or Red Square. I want to show the silent places, beautiful narrow lanes, interesting courtyards, churches and monasteries, old houses and market places to individual groups. I offer walks for example through Zamoskvorechye (Samoskworetschie), the Ivanov (Iwanow) Hill, the Golden Mile or the market in Preobrazhenskoye (Preobrazhenskoye). You can find my excursions on stadtfuhrungen/. On the eve of Easter or Christmas I organize Origami Parties. We like to fold some figures like Easter bunnies, flowers or Santa Clauses and stars for decoration.

Most), the Novodevechi (Nowodewitschij) Monastery with its charming cemetery. I especially like the Martha and Mary (Marfio-Mariinsky), it Convent is a lovely place in the centre of Moscow.

What parts of Moscow do Germans find interesting?

Which aspects of Russian culture are most attractive to Germans living in Moscow?

I think Germans love all of Moscow’s parks, especially Gorky Park and the new Krim embankment. The Kolomosnkoe (Kolomenskoje) Park with its beautiful churches and the Great Palace in Kolomenskoye. Also of great interest to many are: Kuznetsky Most (Kusnetzkij

The famous ballet companies, the unique density of high skilled classic orchestras, the interesting nightlife, the collections of old and modern art, the circus, the banya.


Do you enjoy living in Moscow?


Yes, I enjoy living in Moscow because it is exciting and varied; I have found a niche to work here in a German school and kindergarten, and in my leisure time I can engage in a large number of activities.





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Uwe Leuschner Vice President of Business Development, DB Schenker Logistics, Region Europe East & Central Asia What are the main differences between German and Russian business/law cultures? Well, there are a lot of differences. The main one in my experience is personal business relationships, which in Russia are essential if you want to be successful. Personal trust plays as large a roll as legal formulations in your contracts. That means you have to be present and in permanent contact with your clients and potential partners. Efficiency and reliability plays a very large roll for building up strong and tough teams. Without a strong team you can’t be successful in Russia.

What are the main differences that you have noticed in terms of living here? Living in Moscow means living a very intense life, and every day is full of surprises. You can find a lot of help; where to go, how to spend your time, but you also have to fight every day so as not to lose time. Later you will learn that Russia is really large and living in Russia is not the same as living in Moscow.

Is it important for a German businessperson to live in Russia in order to understand the way of doing things here?

Where do you go in Moscow; what do you do, when you want to be reminded of Germany?

That is absolutely essential. There are many things here that can’t be understood from a distance and from outside. As I mentioned before, success in business in Russia means personally contacting people here, every day. And one important additional issue: you have to speak Russian. The language is not only a means of communication; this is a matter of culture and getting to know the people. These things cannot be learnt though translations.

I visit every event of the Wirtschaftsclub Russland e.V. That gives me not only interesting input; but also though real networking new ideas are generated, as are meetings with colleagues from Germany. But sometimes I also love to visit a German restaurant, my favourite is still Paulaner Brauhaus at Paveltskaya.

What do you love and hate about Moscow? I love Moscow for the challenges I can find here every day, and for the large spectrum of the people I can meet here. This is the living and working place of a lot of my friends, and they are mostly very proud of the changes that have taken place in Moscow over the last 20 years. I hate the traffic jams and sometimes still the anti-service behaviour and the bureaucracy.

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Susanne van Alphen For more information about the German Women’s Group, contact Susanne van Alphen on: susanne.

Founder of the German Women’s Group meets Moscow expat Life

What is the German Women’s Group?

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We are a relatively new group, only founded in October 2013. When I arrived in Moscow one and a half years ago, I was looking for the IWC and a German-speaking women’s group. I became member of the IWC and found lots of national women organisations like the British, French, Scandinavian, Dutch, etc., but unfortunately no German group. When I asked around I was told that this is because the Germans are very well organised at the ‘German

village’ close to metro station, Yugo Zapadnaya. That is where many Germans live and where the German School and the Kinder-garden are. Lots of sport and social activities are organised by this community. But if you decide to live in the city centre, you don’t have kids or your children are at other schools, you have the IWC to meet other expatriates, but sometimes it is just nice to communicate with other women from your own country or speak in your native language. I met a few other Germanspeaking ladies and asked them if

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members of our group and we do day trips outside of Moscow. Recently we held a dinner with our partners, followed by a networking event in the Presidential Suite at the InterContinental Hotel. And there is a lot coming up, this is just the start. Hopefully there is something for everyone and we are always open for new ideas.

it would be interesting to found a ‘German women’s group’ and they were all very positive and enthusiastic. At our first meeting, almost 6 months ago, we were 16 ladies. Now, at our monthly meetings, we are almost 40 and we have about 80 women on our mailing list.

What sort of things do you do in your meetings? We welcome new Germanspeaking women who are new to the city and help them, in the beginning, with all the questions they have. We try to match them with other newcomers. When you arrive here it is hard to find your way around, it’s a big city with a very different language. You don’t know where to get things that you need. Also we share our experience or knowledge, some of our ladies live in Moscow for many years and they are very helpful and support us, ‘new ones’. During our meeting, we present various activities for the months or invite guests, who want to support the group, but sometimes we just enjoy the coffee and breakfast and the chatting.

What sort of activities do you do in your group? We meet every second Wednesday of the month from 10.00am-12.00pm,

How do you finance all of this?

here at the InterContinental Hotel on Tverskaya, and everyone that speaks German is welcome. You don’t have to be a German citizen, we have Austrian and Swiss women, and other nationalities in our group, you just need to speak the German language. We visit galleries and museum every month. We have two lovely Russian ladies, that are very qualified and fluent in German and they guide the tours. Every Friday morning we go walking in a different park in Moscow. We have a book club, which meets in people’s homes and share books in German. We do cooking classes and music events, such as going to concert rehearsals of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. We have two art clubs, run by artist

At this point, we don’t have a membership fee – if there are costs involved with a particular event, everyone who attends pays individually. The InterContinental supports the group by letting us use their facilities and everyone that attends the meetings pays a small amount. We are still relatively small, we don’t have any overheads, and we try to keep a low profile. But already we feel the need to find somebody who can help us with IT. Somebody who will create a web-side that would make communication easier.

What are your plans? I think September is going to be a busy month. After the summer we will have lots of new people. It would be great if new people can get to know about this group and join our activities. I hope we can make people feel comfortable in Moscow, not lost.


German Comunity Chris Helmbrecht is one of Moscow’s original Party Organisers. In this interview, Chris tells Moscow expat Life why he came to Russia, what keeps on him here, and what he arris H n h actually does here. by Jo

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Chris Helmbrecht and messages. She came to visit me, and I stayed on for another half a year in Tenerife. Financially I could have stayed another year there, I had earned quite a lot of money before and I had cut my costs. But the day came when my landlord asked me if I wanted to sign a lease for another year, and I finally made up my mind and decided to go to Moscow.

What bought you to Russia? When I was 27 I went travelling and ended up in New York fighting for survival. After 15 months in New York I ran out of money but I made my way. Five years later I had a lot of money and I didn’t know what to do with it. Only six months later I lost everything again because of 9/11. Then I took a job in Spain at a IT start up, but the investors didn’t come through and so after nine months working and another 3 months paid vacation, I was unemployed again. I went out of my apartment in Tenerife, looked at the sea and thought: “what should I do?” Just then an old Lithuanian friend who I had known in New York phoned. He had left there for the same reasons as I had. He said he was in Moscow and said that I should come to Moscow, because Moscow “is rocking, lots of business, lots of girls, lots of parties, you will like it.” Two week later I flew to Moscow. That was in 2003.

What was Moscow like for you in 2003? Everything was horrible; it was a real contrast to sitting in Tenerife


How did you find work? where it was nice and sunny. My next move was going to be Barcelona or Paris, maybe Buenos Aires, but not Moscow. After all, it is cold there, and you can get killed in the streets. I made a stop in Berlin for a day to get some winter clothes, because it was 15 degrees below in Moscow. Moscow was exactly as I expected, dark dirty and ugly. The people looked angry and frustrated. My friend really helped me out, he tried to show me the city, he had his own security and a driver, and at night he would change clothes and show me round the bars and clubs. But I still didn’t like it because the people seemed so unfriendly. Even the people I met made no effort to speak English. I decided to leave and never come back. Two days before I left I met a girl. She was not only an incredibly smart and beautiful woman, she was also a ballerina. I thought of her a lot, and then we started to send each other emails

I looked for work but nobody wanted to have me, for two main reasons: I didn’t speak Russian, and secondly I previously always had high-level positions. My background is advertising and the Internet, and I always worked as head of departments, I knew the business and the technology. Although I wasn’t paying rent, Moscow was expensive. Then I had an idea. In America I had a company that used to outsource work to India and other places, so I decided to do the same thing, to set up own company here. The good times returned, I was able to find clients and earn good money, everything was fine. That lasted for about 5 years, then the market dried up and the programmers became too expensive. But in that time I had organised myself, had a work permit and all the permission I needed. I still have an advertising business and that is going OK, although it is not as profitable as before.

German Comunity How did you get involved with bars and clubs in Moscow? At the same time as running my business, I started helping managers in bars and clubs in Moscow. I am a musician as well and familiar with the club scene from my New York and Tenerife days. This started as a part-time job, then it became really profitable, and I started dedicating more and more time to it. Then the

So that means it is not so profitable for the clubs and more are going down now? I would say that 99% of the clubs are not profitable. The club owners are doing it because they are rich and want to look cool to their friends. There are probably only about 5,000 rich guys in Moscow who have the sort of money that you need to go clubbing regularly. Only 5% of these are foreigners. I have a large database of people who I organise parties for and they can spend between €100-€250 a night, but the people who go to the exclusive clubs can spend a lot more.

Expats seem to be less wild these days. Why? parties became bigger but I didn’t earn any more or less money. At one stage I was the director of Pasha’s, (now Papa’s) and tried to bring it up to the level of western clubs. I noticed, for example, that it was only 60% full, and people were standing for 15 minutes to get a drink at the bar, things like that. I was even short-changed once, and all of this made me realise how much better the place would be if the bar started to work properly. So this is more than just promotion.

You must have noticed a lot of changes since you have arrived in the world of nightclubs. Are they still getting better? Nightclubs have changed a lot, they were definitely livelier before, in terms of what you can see and what you can experience. This was exciting for foreigners and also dangerous. There were all sorts of stories about people being overcharged and threatened, some of which are really frightening. Now things are more civilised and the clubs are getting more and more up to a European level. But that means that they are less exciting and interesting for some, but they have got cheaper, at least for excusive clubs. The deposit for a table has come down from €5000 to €1000 for example.

In the old days, there wasn’t so much pressure on them from the head office of the company they worked for. Russia is one of the fastest growing markets, but head offices don’t seem to understand that Russia isn’t going to grow in the same way as other countries are, and a lot of people have been replaced because of that. When I arrived, the Russian market wasn’t very important, then it became important and the pressure on these people increased dramatically. Russia is becoming more and more like a normal European country these days, not so much room for wild people. Parties are becoming more normal as well.

Are you going to carry on doing parties? The parties I do are completely different. I have changed the way that I organise them. For the first one

or two hours I make sure that the music is low so that people can talk, because that is the reason that many people are there. I think that this is extremely important; you want to meet other foreigners to share their opinions about what is happening. I remember when I first arrived, for the first two weeks I didn’t go out without a security guy, I laugh at myself for that. If you don’t meet other foreigners, you never really get to find out what life is really about here. Not just get drunk and dance the night away, although that is fun.

Are you getting bored with Russia? No there’s no time for that. Just when you think that things are going well you trip up on something, get a bloody nose, pick yourself up and carry on. I have been here for 10 years and this keeps on happening time and time again. I am married here, with a child. I find myself in a position where I have to stay in Russia. Things are still exciting here and there are still a lot of things I want to do. I have some ideas for Internet start-ups, and I have some investors lined up. But I don’t want to do that because I want to spend more time with my family. I love the nightlife side of what I do here, but it’s not a business, although I know some investors who want to start a high-end nightclub with me. But I have to explain to them that it is not easy to make money. Some people think they are doing really well, but I think it might have something to do with how much cocaine they have in their noses. So I will carry on with the parties, it’s great for networking and it makes money. I enjoy meeting people, I enjoy and socialising. It’s fantastic. One thing I have to say about the German community. We have about 20,000 Germans here, and one thing I can’t understand is why so may of them live in the German village at Yugo Zapadnaya. They have their own shops, restaurants and beer houses. I can’t understand why people go to another country and don’t integrate more.




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Community Adrian, please tell us a little about your job and your company. How did Russia first come to your attention? I assume that it was your company that first suggested your working here? Adrian Indeed. Barry Callebaut is a global chocolate provider operating on a B2B basis, with 50+ factories around the world, with one to the south of Moscow in Chekhov. I’d been with the Group for 7 years already,

European countries, to enable a more targeted management approach. This created a new Regional CFO role for which I was chosen.

Lucy, what was your first reaction when your heard the word Russia? Lucy I was thrilled about the idea of coming to Russia, as my grand mother came here in 1963, on an exchange programme between the Pioneers and the Girl Guide movements. She kept diaries, so as soon as I heard the word Russia I was very excited. Adrian I didn’t know anything about Russia, its culture, politics or language, so I was the one who was thinking that this is really going to be a challenge, and that it might be a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience also.

So this was your first overseas posting; the expat life was a relatively new thing for both of you?

doing various finance roles, and was given the chance for promotion as a Regional CFO to go to either South America or Russia. After looking at the options we decided on Russia, as it seemed to be more exciting and culturally different, and we also thought that it would be safer for our daughters. Previously I hadn’t thought of moving overseas, although I had told my boss that I wanted a new challenge, having done an MBA in the UK. At the same time, our Group was carving up the Western European chocolate market, which was growing at say 2% -3% p.a, from the faster growing, more dynamic Eastern

Lucy I was a 3rd culture kid myself, having been brought up speaking Flemish in Belgium, and had watched my mum struggle with a semi-expat experience. But this was my first posting as an adult. Despite this, our inexperience led to some stressors that could have been avoided in the end. Adrian I was moving from a sleepy provincial central-England town to a big city, which was a new experience to me, so I knew it would take some time to adjust.

I presume that for both of you going to Russia meant new work possibilities, but what about the children? How old were they when you moved? Lucy They were 8 and 9, which I felt, having done a similar move a little

bit earlier as a child, were ideal ages to come with us to Russia. I wanted them to go to a Russian school and become completely immersed in Russian, but the Russian system is quite old fashioned and structured and they had come from the English system where they were used to teamwork with an emphasis on creativity. So we felt it was probably better for them to go into an International School where the system was similar to what they had been used to. Adrian When we told friends and family that we moving to Russia, they were the ones who said: “are you mad?, isn’t it unsafe and unfriendly?” and all these usual clichés. Many westernized preconceived ideas about Moscow are actually wrong, in our experience now.

So the discussion was there about a job in Moscow, did you then come to Moscow to have a look? Adrian Yes, we came for a week in May 2009, to have a look around. We looked at about 14 apartments, I met with work colleagues and discussed things, and we did the usual tourist stuff – Red Square, museums and a boat cruise. We actually thought that Moscow was nice. One shock we did have was when we went for a coffee at a well known Moscow coffee chain, where we had the usual lattes and the kids had freshly squeezed apple juice etc., the bill was £80! That was a wake-up call to the cost of living. The children wanted to come, but only if we could live near Gorky Park [which had fairground rides 4 years ago]!

What professional help did you enlist to help you find a place to live? Lucy Very little – the company expat arrangements were in their infancy if even thought about! I searched


Community on-line for Moscow rental apartments, and found 3 agents who appeared to be able to offer what we wanted. One just did a database search and gave us 50 choices – an impossible task, as we had no idea about which areas of Moscow we should be considering. Tatiana of Intermark came back with 5 apartments. They said they had looked at the school location, where Metros were, and where Adrian’s factory was and the locations were realistic with the apartments they selected. Adrian I realised quickly there were seemingly small things that would impact my drive to work; e.g. if the apartment was on the wrong side of a street I would have to make a long extra journey just to make a U-turn to get myself into the right direction!

Then the big day came, you packed everything up and arrived here? Adrian Yes, with the usual ‘moving chaos’ things got packed to storage which were needed and items arrived in Moscow, which we didn’t need. The lesson learnt was that you have to be around when the packing is done!.

How long did you get to move in before you then went to work? Adrian One day! I started at work on the second day. Initially I wasn’t aware of the enormity of the commute, as when I came here for the taster week I was driven to Chekhov by somebody else. So driving 80 km each way myself was a big challenge, and to adjust to the Russian driving style. Back in 2009, the roads weren’t as good as they are now, [the driving is still as mad] so it was 1.5 hours most


mornings and evenings it averaged 2 hours. That was a massive shock from having a 35-minute commute in Warwickshire!

Can you remember how your first day at work was? Adrian I was surrounded by what I thought were foreigners, but of course I was the only foreigner there! I couldn’t understand the language, but they were all very friendly. It was a noisy, busy office, lots of people shouting as a mode of work, which I quickly learnt was actually quite normal.

We want to call the expat ladies the ‘unsung heroes’ for what they must do and achieve. What were your thoughts Lucy, when you think of that great day of unpacking? Lucy It actually coincided with Swine Flu, so the school in Moscow said, if you are coming in from the UK, then please don’t come to school for seven days! So I had the girls at home with me for the first ten days, to honour what the school had asked of us. In hindsight this may have affected how well they settled in and I would now make sure to arrive well in time for the start of a school term. Adrian Then there were many challenges, like getting a Russian SIM card, an Internet provider, trying to find and buy a TV – all relatively simple if you could speak Russian! Lucy Our landlady helped with the Internet, we have had a good relationship with her. I was also trying to get around to the British Women’s Club, and trying to access people, because I naturally like being with people. Adrian You managed to find a job quite quickly though.

Community Lucy, did you look for work before you came, or did you find work here? Lucy I couldn’t look for work due to the visa situation, however I have been very lucky and I have managed to get jobs that don’t require me to have a work permit. I worked for the American FLEX Scholarship programme as a seasonal worker, judging essays written by Russian students applying to go on a cultural exchange with American families for a year. Then swine flu kicked off in Moscow, and both our children came down with it in October; so I was in communication with the school to support their stance on infection control, as I was a public health nurse in my other life. I then got a volunteer job of Parent Liaison and Admissions, until April 2011. Then I worked at the British Embassy, where I have remained ever since, as the Community Liaison Officer. Embassy jobs are great because they are not subject to the same visa restrictions as the host and employing countries.

How did your two daughters take the whole thing; the move, coming here, they sound like amazing kids for what they have done. Lucy They are absolutely incredible. It’s not been easy for either of them. Our older one is quite quiet, she likes her structure and her routine, so it’s actually been quite challenging, although she has done incredibly well. However she’s looking forward to being back in the UK. The younger one is very social and missed her friends and probably cried every day for 6 months, even though she made lots of friends here. They are active children, always out and about, in Gorky Park and town a lot.

You integrated very quickly into the various expat scenes here, what advice would you give to expat families when they’re

planning to move here? Would you suggest that they make contacts before they come, or wait until they are in Moscow? Lucy I think getting in contact and finding some buddies for everyone in the family is really important. I’ve been very actively involved in the British Women’s Club, and we’ve been very keen on welcoming people – including before they arrive. Everyone is worried about the flat and the school but in fact having somebody to talk to and having someone to show you around are most important. Moscow is very accessible; the public transport system is very good, once you know how to use it. Adrian The key is where you live as to what kind of expat experience you get. In a closed compound area, mostly in the outskirts of Moscow it is great for meeting other expats, and good for the kids because they are near others. Or you can live in the centre, where you won’t have expat friends next door, but where you can be right in the centre of Moscow life. For us this was more important and a lot more fun/interesting, than a compound community based living where you have everything to hand, but it wasn’t for us a true Moscow based experience.

food on an open fire in – 30ªC, whilst a local Babushka made tea on a samovar in the middle of the forest! Moscow is very much what you make of it, the experience depends on what group of friends you make, Russians, Expats, or both. We were lucky enough to make many people from a wide variety of nationalities in Moscow, and they provided a great support network also.

What has been the bad side of living and moving here? Lucy Well they do say that relocation is the most stressful thing you can do in your marriage, and I do think that is true. However I do think that overall, the

What have been your main highlights of being in Moscow? Lucy My main highlight of being in Moscow is that I effectively went back to my twenties in London, and I’ve had the most fabulous time being a city girl, going out with friends and partying. It’s been absolutely brilliant. Adrian One of the best experiences would have to have been riding an old sleigh through the snowy woods in Sergiyev Posad one New Year, and cooking


Community whole experience has been absolutely incredible, and we are going home much more resourceful, and we have a lot more emotional resilience.

Was there one particular low point where you felt that we shouldn’t have been here? Adrian My mistake was not learning more Russian – as this isolates you from many simple daily routines, and you really need to communicate to get the most out of living here.

In their future lives, how do you think the girls will remember their time in Moscow? Lucy I think that they will be more adaptable, and I think that it will help them find jobs more easily in the future. In the future they will be competing with lots and lots of international candidates who have more than one language who will be at an advantage over English speaking candidates who only have one language. I think the girls will also have the advantage of not fearing going somewhere new, and being able to learn a foreign language relatively easily.

Now that you are leaving, may I ask you to share some of your advice for business people or families who are contemplating a move here? Where do they start to research things? Adrian Most of my worst experiences in Moscow are related to my 800 km per week drive. Once I was stuck for 1 hour in a queue without moving an inch, and decided to make a ‘u’ turn across a white line to escape. I thought I had made this without being seen, but 1 kilometre down the road I was flagged over at a police checkpoint, and ‘invited’ inside and greeted by a group of officers cradling their Kalashnikovs. After 30 minutes of ‘intense’ negotiations, the ‘fee’ came down considerably.


Lucy The first thing to do is to make sure that the package is correct, and that you get all the support you can get. As Moscow becomes more organised I think having a driver is really important, and having a company car is also a big benefit. They have imposed visa restrictions brought in to stop foreigners committing civil offences. Moscow is a much less chaotic place now than it was, but it is essential to make sure that you have all the relevant

information about what you can or can’t do in Russia, as you can’t wing it so much any more. I think come to Russia if you are interested in coming to Russia, don’t come to Russia thinking that Russia is going to accommodate you, because it won’t. If you do try to learn the language and you respect people, then you get a lot out of the country. Adrian We made use of the various expat chat rooms, such as these are useful to look at before you come here, to find out things like what is it like living in a certain area. You can ask questions, you may get a biased answer back, which you need to judge on their own merits. For work, you should get involved with a business club, for us it was both British and Belgium Business Clubs. You can find people who can tell you what the unwritten rules are for doing business and what you can and can’t do. You need strong networks and friends to survive and enjoy it here.

It has primarily been expats who have been in your network? Adrian Mostly, yes, from a wide number of countries. Lucy My closest friends are some British, Belgium, Dutch and Armenian ladies, and they have been a massive support. And I have a Russian friend who I’ve met pretty much on a weekly basis, for a coffee, who has been very supportive, so I have friends both local and in the expat community.

Lastly, if you could take one memento from Moscow, what would it be? Lucy Russian pop music. Adrian I’d like a policeman’s hat.

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ell this is definitely a time to reflect on what has happened, what is going on, and what will be. With the current political and financial crisis, we are seeing a direct effect on business in the nightlife arena. With the new laws on signage and with the new smoking band everyone is waiting to see how these changes will further affect daily business trends.


ummer time is open-air time. With only three months of summer, Muscovites try to make the best out of it. Restaurant Chris Helmbr echt and club owners rival each other with expensive posh terraces. Last year’s famous ‘Jagger’ place with its open-air beer garden apparently won’t have a terrace this season. But don’t worry, next door’s ‘Mad Place,’ has one of the best terraces I’ve seen this year. ‘Fish,’ the Italian seafood place in front of the Ukraine Hotel, will probably be the most posh terrace in town this summer. As for us, we’re doing Saturday pre-parties at ‘Krysha Mira’, Fridays at ‘Fish’ and ‘Artel Bessonnitza’; Goroby’s new and famous club project. Thursdays we’ll have jazzy network cocktails at Mendeleev, which was recently awarded to be Moscow’s best bar. And for all of the clubbers among you, I have a special deal at ‘Space Club’ for upcoming parties, incl. Tiesto. Write me (on facebook) for details. ‘Space Club’ is the Moscow’s largest club with around 7,000 people per party.

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The big dogs are still trending and doing decent business on a daily basis such as Papa’s, the Standard, and the various Ginza projects. New Startups like the Bud House are making head way but it is not an easy climb and a lot of effort. Looking forward to the open air and summer Café season, loving the new walk street on Nikolskya, and of course the standard, the Old Arbat.




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he Moscow English Theatre is now attracting a lot of well deserved attention. The Theatre’s founder and major driver Jonathan Salway, who first visited Russia back in 2009 on a short work contract didn’t realise then that 5 years on he would regard the place as home and have his own growing theatre company here. In May his company’s – the Moscow English Theatre’s (MET) – sell-out production of Willy Russell’s classic comedy, Educating Rita, returns for their 5th season at the Mayakovsky Theatre. “We have to keep on bringing the show back for people who say they missed it – and even for those who want to see it again!”, Jonathan quips. MET is a company that employs professional actors from the UK to perform in successful, contemporary British drama and Educating Rita has been joined by two other shows in the company’s repertoire. “We plan three new productions each year and those that gel with the public we will add to our repertoire and play them again for short seasons.” He promises a mixed diet of serious, thought provoking drama alongside comedy and, this coming December, a whodunit.


“Moscow audiences are such a treat to work for – attentive, appreciative and flowers at the end”, says Emma Dallow who plays the role of Rita and trained at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. With a B.A. from Hull University followed by Acting Diplomas from the University of California and Drama Studio, London, Jonathan had spent 20 years living a typical actors life in the UK – in and out of theatre jobs, temping one week, auditioning the next, in the West End for a while or off on a tour. It was during one of his temping stints as a drama supply teacher



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that a colleague said he knew of a summer camp near Moscow that needed someone good at drama. “Thankfully he recommended me,” Jonathan notes. The rest is history – he fell in love with Moscow and was surprised that a metropolis so rich in theatrical history and culture, a growing number of Russians well versed in English and a large expat community did not already boast an English speaking theatre company. “I’ve worked in Italy and Germany and for the English-speaking theatre of Vienna it just seemed natural that


such a theatre should be here. I was surprised that it didn’t already exist.” MET was born. His fiancé, Karina Sagoyan, a language professor at MSU = Moscow State University, helped him in establishing the company. “She gets all the bitty, gritty jobs – tax, translations, box office issues etc. Show business eh?,” jokes Jonathan. “Actually she is the creative pulse of the company. I always seek her advice for shows that would work here and get her to vet prospective directors and performers. Her input is invaluable and acts as a kind of ‘quality control’ so that we offer the professional standards we want to offer the Moscow public”. It seems to be working. Four sell-out seasons and a growing confidence means they already have plans for the rest of this year and into the next. “In the autumn we will be producing a fantastic English comedy – Relatively Speaking - by the master of theatre comedy, Alan Ayckbourn”. Regularly produced in the UK and throughout the world Ayckbourn’s work hasn’t had enormous exposure in Russia (certainly not in English) but Jonathan and Karina are convinced it will delight Moscow audiences. “It has crackling, witty dialogue and a

plot of confused identities and that cheeky English humour”, says Karina. Then for the New Year time they will stage the ever popular murder mystery, Sleuth by Anthony Shaffer. “One practical criteria for us at this stage of our development is small cast plays. Sleuth has two actors, Rita two and Blue/Orange (their spring production) three.” Flying actors over, organising visas, accommodation and paying a wage takes a large cut from the budget and large casts are a luxury they cannot afford. “Moscow has many large theatre companies with actors who work in one company for their entire careers. In the UK it is different. Yes, the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company (for which Jonathan has worked) can afford large companies of actors but that is not the norm.” Actors in the UK are freelancers and go from job to job and so most producers find small cast shows more economically viable. “This has meant a tradition of writers writing shows for smaller numbers of performers. And there are some great shows!” In April MET played 4 sell-out performances of Joe Penhall’s Blue/ Orange, a psychological drama with a cast of three. For this, experienced director, Gary Sefton who works regularly for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Theatres Royal in Northampton and Bath, was flown

in. “It’s quite a tricky piece – detailed plot and complicated ideas – but the audience went with it all the way”, Gary explained. This positive audience response has encouraged Jonathan through the hard work the project has entailed. “I still sometimes run around on the metro delivering tickets and then get back to have a rehearsal.” Such are the demands of launching a new venture with the ambition that MET has. “We want to be a permanent feature on the Moscow theatrical skyline and add at least three new shows a year and even start to include Russian actors in the future if their English is of a high enough standard (and their acting as well of course).” Education ventures are planned as well with a schools’ Oliver Twist in development – “updated with lots of music and fun but true to the original spirit” – as well as MET Youth which aims to offer Russian children 10 week courses in play rehearsals followed by performance. But this is into the more distant future. For the time being they are in rehearsal again for Educating Rita which BBC Arts Critic, Lord Melvyn Bragg, described as “magnificent” on his BBC blog after seeing the show in September. “We want to produce quality contemporary drama to the same standard (and language standard) as you would see in London.” As Komsomolskaya Pravda wrote “MET offers Muscovites a performance with professional actors not just native speakers.” Jonathan assures us that this will always be their mission. See for yourself by coming along to the Mayakovsky Theatre some time in the near future to catch MET in action.


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May 30, 2014 ‘Why Russians Don’t Smile?’ Luc Jones, Partner, Antal Russia; Author: “Why Russians Don’t Smile? -A Guide to Doing Business in Russia and the CIS” (2013)

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complex and has wonderful outdoors play areas and sports facilities. A small zoo located within the site provides a wonderful opportunity for students to observe animals very closely throughout the year. “The care and thoughtfulness with our children as human beings is exceptional. I worked across the USA and internationally in education. You are a model in both the philosophy/implementation of pre-school education as well as a model of cultural diversity. I feel so fortunate for my children to be part of Children of the World pre-school.” Said Robert P., a parent of a child at the school. “Children flourish at the Children of the World preschool, they thoroughly enjoy their learning and achieve extremely well in relation to their starting points”, says Maria G., another parent. What makes Children of the World preschool unique is that it gives young children an opportunity to experience an ‘authentic childhood’. The school’s logo is: ‘A great place to grow!’ Nothing can be better for young children than to grow and learn in a safe and challenging environment while having fun and making life-long friends from all over the world. Children of the World International Preschool Address: 1G, bld.3, Minskaja str. Moscow WWW: CHILDREN-OF-THE-WORLD.COM Phone: (963)976-2228


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hildren of the World International PreSchool was opened in 2008 for children of 2-7 years of age and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Children of the employees of international businesses, foreign embassies and international families attend this school. Many Russian children enrol to the school to learn English and become bilingual in 2-3 years. It is a very English kindergarten. Not only does it follows the British national curriculum, but all the teachers are experienced, enthusiastic and qualified early childhood specialists from Great Britain. All the staff is committed to providing a great pre-school experience for children. Activities include: fun outdoor games and wonderful park walks; finger painting; flying kites; feeding animals in the local zoo; baking cup-cakes and organizing tea parties for parents; reading books with a torch at the Pyjama Party; decorating a Christmas tree and writing letters to Santa; playing ‘Bingo!’ and ‘Musical Chairs’; sports competitions and hosting school visitors… Life at the school is child-oriented, bright and memorable! The school somehow manages to allow children to be children yet provide a sound academic programme. In a city where lots of ‘English curriculum’ pre-schools are trying to copy secondary schools providing ‘English lessons’ to 2-5 year old children, the Chidren of the World International Preschool is a good find. Mrs Prozeraj, the Headmistress commented: “Young children’s brains are equipped to absorb language and learn to speak without the necessity of formal language lessons; they learn by hearing the language spoken around them and adapting what they hear to form their own responses. Children of the World International Preschool provides a total English immersion learning environment where children gain an understanding of the English language simply by going about the daily classroom routine.” The school’s syllabus is fully compliant with the children’s ages. It’s a cosy place with a very friendly and homelike atmosphere. All the activities are cheerful and challenging. The children are listened to, valued, trusted and respected. They feel comfortable and enthusiastic in exploring and discussing the greatest mysteries of language and science. Children of the World International Preschool is located in a park area of the Golden Keys residential


The British Football School

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port is undergoing an upsurge in popularity across Russia recently – the successful winter and Paralympic Games in Sochi impressed us all. Next up for Russia will be the Football World Cup in 2018! Now really appears to be an exciting time for sport in Russia! Russia certainly seems the place to be to watch sport, however what about taking active part in sport, and the legacy of these global competitions taking place on Russian soil. There seems to have been a positive effect in the amount of young Russians taking part in various sports. However, sporting opportunities are often limited to Russian speakers. Take football as an example, currently there is only one football competition that International children living in Moscow take part in – the Moscow Youth Soccer League (MYSL). This tournament takes place only in September and October each year. Otherwise there are the school competitions or playing for a Russian football team, which usually requires Russian patronage or citizenship to do that.


Think again - welcome to the British Football School! British Football School’s Director, Richard Peers, explained why he started this school. “This School offers the chance for children of any nationality who live in Moscow to receive professional football training by former coaches from clubs across England including Manchester City FC and Manchester United FC. We have created a specific football education program so that children can be trained in ‘The British Way’ of playing football! Their training is open to both boys and girls from the age of 3 to 14, whatever their age and ability. “During my many visits to Russia through a charity I volunteered with, I was surprised at the lack of options for English speaking football training. Eventually I relocated to Russia permanently to try and change that. I started coaching for MYSL in 2012

and realized that there were no other opportunities for those children who participated to carry on practising and enjoying their football when the competition was over. So I started the British Football School to offer children living in Moscow the chance to continue their football training throughout the year. “Our training sessions incorporate fun, games and technical practices that enable our children to learn new skills regardless of their ability. The football sessions focus on physical exercise, and are structured to incorporate key football skills such as dribbling, turning, control and much more. These are especially important to provide children with the opportunity to develop their coordination skills, but the trainings also focus on teamwork and communication. We ensure that our

Children players will also take part in football tournaments! British Football Club players will have the chance to experience playing in a real team and in real football stadiums! All the results, match reports and extra information will be available on a user-friendly website that will be launched in May. To add to the authentic feel, every child who joins the British Football Club will receive a personalised football shirt with their name and team number! The British Football School offers different training programs to suit different goals ranging from a fun way to improve physical fitness to serious preparation for competitive play. Richard has plans for his school to grow, but stresses that his personal aim is to provide the very best in professional football training within a safe and simulating environment, where all children are valued in their own personal development.

children have a fantastic experience when playing football. From improving their abilities through to meeting new friends and having lots fun. In addition to this, during the sessions the children are inspired to practice their English language skills.” Based at a number of locations across Moscow, the British Football School runs various programs: Development Centre – for children aged 5-14 wishing to excel their footballing skills and abilities through the company’s own program of technical practices and small sided games. Pre School – for children aged 3-7 looking to grow their love of football through fun games and exercises that develop their basic coordination skills. After School – for children aged 5-11 to develop the basic FUNdamentals of football through fun games and matches. Holiday Camp – for children

aged 5-14. The holiday camp training sessions incorporate fun, fast moving games that enable children to enjoy the ultimate football camp experience regardless of their ability. And in May, the British Football School are set to launch an exciting new project called the British Football Club! Developed on the model of a children’s football club in the UK and led by a former Manchester United FC coach, British Football Club will have a number of different teams based upon age which boys and girls can join and play more football with the aim of developing their skills and abilities against children of their own age. The children who join the British Football Club will have the opportunity to play structured football games against different Russian and international opponents throughout the year. The football games will be friendly matches but excitingly British Football Club

For more information about British Football School then please see their website – www. or email TESTIMONIAL “My son Hamish has been attending football training at the British Football School for two terms and has thoroughly enjoyed the experience. His fitness, football skills and knowledge of the game have improved greatly. The coaches are all excellent and are very friendly and relaxed with the children. They provide encouragement for all of the children regardless of their abilities. My son has also participated in a number of the friendly football matches played against Russian football teams and schools. He has enjoyed these immensely. The teams have had a great bond and team spirit, the players have learnt how to play together as a team rather than as individuals and have learnt tactics and game play. And finally, my son has enjoyed meeting and making friends with a great group of Russian and expat children of many nationalities.” Peter Schulze, expat parent in Moscow.


Real Estate

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he Tula Region is Moscowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next-door neighbour to the south, the border-line being formed largely by the impressive Oka river. The route to the region can be taken either by the M2 highway, the so-called Simferopol or Crimea or the M4 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Both of these roads are fast and reasonably well-surfaced. The region has been somewhat left behind when compared to its other more dynamic neighbour, the Kaluga


region, which has attracted significantly more foreign investment over the past 10 years noticeably with the development of the automobile industry. However, since the previous ineffectual and notoriously corrupt governor was replaced by the younger and forward-looking Vladimir Gruzdyev, things are beginning to improve in terms of infrastructure and development in both industry and agriculture. Gruzdyev was a wealthy man in his own right prior to his inauguration, having been one of the founder members of the 7th Continent supermarket chain in 1993. In his new job he immediately got down to cleaning up the mess in the local regional government and taking radical measures to drag the backward region into the 21st century. Consequently, Tula has become a viable alternative to Kaluga for investors looking to find a home for their new projects. The capital city is considerably larger than its westerly counterpart and so the local market is larger. In terms of logistics the recently improved road system is an added advantage too. One of the attractive aspects of the region and where development is taking place at a pace is in tourism and recreation. Being reasonably accessible to the capital city of Moscow, at least in the northern parts of the territory, Muscovites in search of their weekend retreat and a chance of refreshing peace and quiet can find what they need on the banks of the Oka river or in the historical centre of the old town, Aleksino. These areas can be reached in under two hours from the edge of Moscow, even taking into account the Friday evening rush hour traffic. This compares favourably with the nightmare treks to the popular resorts of the northern Moscow districts along Dmitrovskoye or Leningradskoye which will not get you half as far in the same time. The popularity of the Tula region for dacha and residential property development is consequently on the rise, particularly for those looking for a more picturesque spot, cleaner air and with an eye on their bank balance. Land designated for house construction is not surprisingly more plentiful and more affordable than the overcrowded and overpriced equivalent in the Moscow region. There

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is also more to chose from. Depending on the location a plot of land suitable for a dacha starts from around 15,000 roubles per 100 m2 (known in Russian as a sotka, from the word for hundred â&#x20AC;&#x153;stoâ&#x20AC;?) and from 30-35,000 roubles per sotka for a plot on a residential area development. Obviously, the closer you get to a river or lakeside property or, if you opt for a more up-market club or village style development with all mod-cons, the price will be higher. One popular way in which property and land developers work is by forming a so-called DNP or dacha non-commercial partnership or cooperative. Your contribution to the DNP is compensated by signing a purchase agreement transferring the ownership title of the plot of land to the same value in return. Owning land title is of course only part of the story. The title holder still needs to build his house, have road access to it and connect the property to whatever utilities are available to the site. These may be provided by the DNP, or by a separate or affiliated company, under a second agreement by making a one-off payment for the service to which you require to be connected. A starting price of around 300,000 roubles will be charged, unless the service is already there and included in the land price. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget, however, that you will still have to pay for the connection to your future dwelling from the boundary of your property and for an electricity meter to be installed officially. If natural gas is available in your district, which is not always the case, bringing the main pipe will cost more, depending on how many subscribers take up the offer, and the connection to your house system will be more expensive than the connection to the electricity supply grid. Water and sewage is only provided centrally in residential communities. For dachas you will have to resort to drilling your own well on the property and installing your own septic tank arrangements, unless you can do without and put up with the basic outside toilet arrangement! Most developers will offer you a choice for your building options. You can acquire land without any construction obligations in which case you are free to pick your own design and find a contractor to build it for you. Alternatively, you can opt for a project proposed by the developer from his catalogue using his sub-contractors. The latter brings some advantages these days as the builders will be likely erecting a series of a similar type

and can thus economize on the material purchases. The construction teams are also better trimmed and can get the job done quicker and closer to your budget as there are less unforeseen problems. However, the choice is yours. In the more up-market village developments the developer may insist that you build only one of his designs as they wish to maintain a unified style and standard image for the whole development. If you are looking for more than a summer retreat and intend to invest in a second home for all year round use, you have the added advantage of 24-hour security and the benefit of other communal sports and recreational facilities. This of course comes at a price.



To Russia

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I met Debbie Deegan in the office of ‘To Russia With Love’, which is a charity she founded to help Russian orphans. The office consisted of one room inside a rabbit-warren Soviet style office block off Stoleshnikov Pereulok. On talking to Debbie, who is wonderfully Irish, I soon realised that a smart office in the most prestigious building in Moscow would not be enough to pay credit to what she is doing. The impact that one person, who is now helped by a small team, has had and continues to have on people’s lives here is truly vast. Here is Debbie’s story, in her own words: “I was at home in Ireland, watching telly back in 1998. We had taken in two Russian children; they were called ‘Chernobyl Children’ which was a phrase we used to describe all Russian orphans at the time. They were over on holiday for a month, and arrived with tags on them stating their names, ages and the word: ‘orphans’. The night we took them in and put them to bed, I said to my husband: ‘We’re not taking them back’. After a month one of the girls returned, actually she had no interest in our family really, but the other girl, Zina, didn’t want to go anywhere again, she was at home. So we let her stay. To get round problems with official adoption procedures, which can take 5 years in Ireland, we decided to think outside the box, and went straight to the Russian embassy in Dublin and asked for permission to keep her. The Russians surprised me by saying: ‘yes it is manageable to keep her’, and granted us permission to keep Zina with the caveat that they could come to our home, visit her school and her doctor at any time to check up on her for the


Find out more about To Russia With Love on: statutory 5 years. My mother had to go out and buy a tablecloth, as diplomats were coming to the house. We cut the grass every second day, I polished the knobs on our hall doors every day in case the consular Alexander Pikalev should call by, and he did. He was very professional, and we became quite friendly with the Russian embassy. “After about a year of living with us, Zina started telling us stories about some of her friends in the orphanage where she had come from, who she was broken hearted for. She had lived seven years with some of the children. I hadn’t really considered the whole Russian aspect; I was only concerned with keeping her in Ireland. She started talking more and more about her best friends Pasha and Valya, and the more I heard about them the worse I felt, because yes, we had sort of rescued her, but in fact we had taken her from a whole life that we hadn’t


even considered. I realised that I needed to do something, so when Zina was 9 years old, I went to Russia in 1998, to try and find her friends, and that’s what bought me to Russia. “So I had to trace the orphanage where Zina had come from. My main goal was to find her friends and report back to Zina, so that the bond between her and her friends would not be lost. I eventually found the orphanage, and it was not in good condition, in fact I was quite shocked by it, and don’t really want to talk about that. All of Zina’s classmates were there and I felt quite guilty that all I was really doing was kind of bringing her sweets from Ireland. But at the time, with no previous knowledge of orphanages it was all I could do. So I went back to my comfortable lifestyle in Ireland, but I felt terrible. My heart wouldn’t let me rest, and eventually I sat down with a group of amazing people from my community, and we talked about the orphanage in Bryansk. Together, we raised £150,000 to rebuild the orphanage, put in new windows and heating. That’s how it all started. “And so I began the process of setting up a charity called ‘To Russia With Love,’ with the blessing of the Russian ambassador of the time and we started fundraising in earnest. We were lucky, because it was the beginning of the Celtic Tiger, a

time when the Irish economy was booming, and Irish are incredibly generous when it comes to giving. I think they are one of the most giving nations on earth. All the charity’s board were parents, not bankers or whatever. We kept it very focused. “I went on national television and told my story, and said: guys I need to raise about £200,000. It snowballed instantly. People In Ireland came forward, or should I say angels came out of the woodwork – builders, carers, teachers, doctors, and nurses, they all volunteered their time to help. In Bryansk we started the rebuilding work, we asked the children themselves to help us with the designs, something which didn’t go down too well with the authorities because the children wanted the walls to be painted a sugar pink colour, whereas according to regulations they should be brown and green. We painted the walls sugar pink… that was just the start. “We started bringing in beautiful new Russian staff and carers, and the effect of this, plus the impact of the new buildings meant that the children really began to grow. We introduced the idea of foster parents, and we bought Irish foster care specialists in to talk to the authorities about that, but it was a little too early in 1999 for Russia to accept that then. In the meantime, the kids were running around with tattered socks and shoes, so we

started to provide then with warm new clothes, as a well as visits to dentists and a thousand other things. Basically, we treated them as human beings, exactly as family children would be treated. None of the children knew when their birthdays were, so we found out and organised celebrations for each child. The older ones were allowed to celebrate outside the orphanage walls, which they weren’t allowed to do previously, so we bought an orphanage bus. “Then we started education programmes. The Russians are actually way ahead of the Irish with education, but the children need socialization and integration skills very badly. So we copied various programmes used in Ireland. Basically we set about training our staff and the Russian carers about the importance of unconditional love, something rare in any institution. It is not our job to judge the children it is our job to love them. The younger kids were going through the system and getting brighter and brighter, we started many new programmes, the boys were dying to develop sports! So we brought in sports equipment because there was none in the orphanage. Within 5 years we had a whole wall full of trophies that the children had won, previously the orphanage had none. “We’re still working with that orphanage but as the money kept coming in, we started to take on more projects. We discovered that


Charity all the orphans had been separated from their brothers and sisters, which they do here. We had children coming up to us and asking us to help, in finding a brother or sister. So we put a social worker on the job and in three or four years we hunted down every brother and sisters that any of the children had. It was a huge job. It is a very emotional experience for a nine year old to find that he had a four-year-old sister and a 16-year-old brother. Some of the brothers were in prison, some of them weren’t. We did that for about 10 years, we found I don’t know how many siblings. If we found that one of the siblings was in another orphanage, and I found that I could trust the director, then we stayed and helped that orphanage. But if I felt I couldn’t trust the director, for example if he had a fancy car outside his office and a karaoke machine with bells and whistles in his office, and the children were running around barefoot, then we moved on, because I felt that there was no point in putting money into a situation like that. “That was how we found our new orphanages. We took on a beautiful small orphanage for blind children at the time. They had no specialised equipment at all. If any of the children we worked with, who by then we felt were ‘our’ children, was moved somewhere we also arranged to visit him or her a month later, to let the child know that the family, as it were, is still there. So we took on three


orphanages, actually what were called ‘temporary shelters’. Nobody paid any attention to these places, because the authorities felt that the children would not be there for very long, so they didn’t spend money on things like playgrounds for them. Orphanages for babies are comparatively well looked after here, so I didn’t feel that we needed to spend a lot of resources on them. But nobody wants to look after 17-year-old orphan boys for example, so that was where we focused our attention. They are also the most difficult category to raise money for. There was a fantastic orphanage in Kaluga, which has sadly closed, and we helped them for a while and set up our own Leavers’ Programme. This was a whole programme for children going on to college. If we can afford it, we pay for them to go into hostel accommodation. We hold a clinic for these students every once a week, which they have to attend, and the rules we set are quite strict. Some of them go into the army, and when they come out we are there for them. We get them back on their feet, back into college. The porgramme has been a great success. I think we’ve had one of our children in prison in 15 years, which is very low for the national average. “So now we are helping children in a network of orphanages throughout the country. I have been amazed all the way along at how welcoming and cooperative


the Russian authorities have been. I thought that they would sort of resent outside interference, but I was wrong, the system is full of great people, people who care. We don’t come across as being superior, we Irish are not in a position to tell any country how to how to do it, we have a lot to be ashamed about ourselves when we look back at our orphanage history. To understand some aspects of that, I advise you to see the film Philomena. I have met a lot of people in various levels of the administration here, and they all know that I am not here because

I want fame, or some egoistical reason. They have seen me crying my eyes out, they have seen me go to weddings, in maternity hospitals when babies are born, stand at children’s funerals, they have been watching me for 15 years. There is no glamour associated with what I do. The Russians well know that we adore the children and visa versa. I have never been a threat; I have never said a negative thing in my life about the Russian system, because I respect the efforts that are being made every day to eradicate this enormous problem. The people we work with are hard working, under paid and probably under great pressure. “Due to a recent EU law, funds are no longer available to strengthen institutions, orphanages etc., this is the right decision, however, until we live in a perfect world, we have thousands of children still behind those very walls. Russian corporates donate to us, and so do expats. We can’t survive without money, we are grateful for every rouble. We have so many programmes; the orphanages, the leaving programme, the college fees, the petrol for the bus, and everything in between. Parents know how much it costs to supply everything for a child, and that is what we are doing, for hundreds of children. We have never said no in 15 years in answer to a request from a child. I have to say that we don’t need volunteers to go into our orphanages, to just be there for a short period and then disappear. Orphanages have very tight schedules and if a bunch of volunteers arrive in a bus from a bank etc., jump around in front of the children and then leave, quite honestly, this can cause more harm than good. At times we have to please donors, of course donors should be allowed to see where their money is going. But if you want to help, you need to help us in the way we need help to be given. That’s the way to get involved. We

don’t want to sound ungrateful, but we don’t need old torn clothes or used and broken toys. It’s difficult to say this, but it’s quite embarrassing when we go to an orphanage and open up a box of old clothes, we respect our children as we respect our family members. It takes a lot of money to do what we are doing, that’s where we need so much help. “There are some fantastic donors out there. For example, The Marriott hotel just across the road are amazing. They bring the children into the hotel, they talk to them about careers, about cleaning, cooking, management, they treat them to dinner, the hotel does career days at the orphanages also, this is constructive help. Very structured, very well managed and very useful. The Marriott Aurora is in partnership with the Bolshoi Ballet, so the children are allowed to come in and watch the ballerinas practising; this is such a treat for the girls in particular. They get packed off after a long and exciting day with a whole kit of shampoos and so on. On top of all that, the hotel has now put envelopes in all their rooms where guests can donate. The Marriott Traverskya recently had all the children up for a big family day, the children loved it. Other Marriott hotels are also helping with parties, they are a perfect example of well thought out care, and make a real difference. “Finally, I would like to reiterate that we know that the way forward in Russia is to get children into foster homes, out of the orphanages. The current government have many good programmes running to make this happen but like Ireland, they need to look at quality and not just quantity fostering. We made many mistakes in this area, they could learn from our mistakes. That’s our next big project, to assist our authorities with this if we are allowed, this is a difficult thing to fundraise for, but ultimately it gets a child a family, what more could we want.



Train Sets and model railways in Russia

Imagine a train set that ran on clockwork around a track, with a platinum locomotive, five gold cars with thin crystal glass windows, that all folded inside a jewelled egg. Such was the ‘Great Trans-Siberian Easter Egg’, designed by Karl Faberge and given to the Russian Royal family in 1900.

John Harrison, with thanks to ‘Model Railroader’ magazine and Evgeny Shklyarenko.


espite such royal induction, model railroading in Russia does not have anything like the long traditions as in the US or Germany. The first train sets for mass consumption appeared only in the 1930s when the Press factory in Serpukhov began making three-rail, 45-mm gauge tin-plate trains. These sets, and those that followed were expensive and experiencing model trains did not become popular in the Soviet Union until the 1960s when East German PIKO train sets began to appear. These were pretty basic sets; an oval-shaped set of rails, an engine and three carriages, and only a limited number of extra parts and items were available. In the 1980s, various more modern Soviet train sets appeared, such as the first Soviet HO gauge set designed by the Bureau of Technological Toys and manufactured at a state factory in Kursk. But production costs during 1983-1986 were


higher than the selling price and the project was discontinued. Production was started again in 1991, but because there were so few such sets available, and they lacked somewhat in finished details, enthusiasts ‘kitbashed’ their purchases and spent hours, days, painting wood stacks, or customised their purchases in a thousand different ways. Model making from kits in the Soviet Union was a lot more than sticking or slotting things together. Enter the Russian-modeltrain-fanatic. Evgeny Shklyarenko is a fanatic supremo. He started as an apprentice at the Soviet ‘All-Union Society of Knowledge’, making models of space ships, and was later employed at the Soviet Union Railways which had




an in-house modelling workshop, “My first train model-making work was a model of the American ‘Baldanovsky’ steam engine, which pulled the train that Lenin travelled on from Finland to Petrograd, my father was a railway worker. In those times, we modified and made trains sets for organisations; it was expensive enough just buying a simple mass produced train set from East Germany. After train sets started to appear, societies of model train enthusiasts sprang up, and people began to meet together and exchange parts and so on. We began to subscribe to magazines, and we organised a model railway enthusiasts’ club in 1969 at the Soviet Union of Railways. The state company I had been working was closed down in 1991, because large scale models at exhibitions were no longer required.” After the fall of the Soviet Union, Evgeny and his colleagues started to work for private clients, but such people who had the resources to buy custom made train sets only appeared in the early 2000s. “I remember in the meantime, to feed my family, I made models of Russian churches, which I sold in markets. Eventually with some friends we began to organise a small company, one person was good at electronics and specialised in that, somebody else was a master craftsman and so on. We took part in international exhibitions, and there were one or two places around Moscow where we showed our work. Clients appeared, both private and state, including RZD (Russian Railways), for whom we built




large models, which were partly used as training modulators for train drivers. I recently completed a 60-metre set for RZD which is on display at Moscow’s Rizhsky Station. This is complete with cameras mounted onto to some of the engines. When connected to video monitors, the realism you can achieve is amazing, and it is sometimes used as a simulator. Private clients include Russian company owners or senior managers who perhaps like the idea of escaping from reality to the loft or cellar; into a world that they can control.” The boom times for ‘Niko’, the company Evgeny worked for lasted up to about 2011, when other private train modelling companies appeared offering turnkey solutions for wealthy clients. “I would say that it is a bit like a wave, one year we had order after order; mostly by recommendation. The next, hardly any. The last two years, however have been very difficult. However the tide can turn at any moment. I think that there are always a certain number of people who love railways and they will always somehow find the money. But they may not be the

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same people as they were in the past. I personally have a huge back order of work to get through, and of course I am not the only person in Moscow making train sets” said Evgeny. ExSoviet organisations such as RZD which used to have their own model making facilities take up the slack when the private sector is weak. Nowadays, the whole cult of train sets is increasing; more and more children are getting their hands on Bachmann, Pioneer, Spectrum (to mention but a few) sets and parts. There are specialised shops in Moscow that deal only in train sets. Prices have come down thanks to competition, and many families can afford this hobby, despite the inroads into children’s playing time, being taken by social networks and computer games. Custom made train sets have become a status symbol, along with a Bentley and yacht on the Black Sea. But that is not the only reason that grown men (train modelling hasn’t really caught on amongst wealthy Russian women yet) spend fortunes on model trains. Evgeny said that there is one trait that unites enthusiasts: “When people come

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up to us at exhibitions, and they are interested in our work, they almost invariably say: ‘When I was a child, I had a train set…’ That’s how it all begins. For the husband, spending lots of money on an adult version of his childhood is natural, but for the wife it isn’t, and she might say to him: ‘It’d be better off you started drinking’, or something like that. The children or grandchildren get involved and that usually saves the day for the father. It’s really quite amazing watching this process over and over again.” Costs vary enormously depending on the amount of detail work put into each square metre of the final installation. Variables include not only the complexity of the scenery, people, buildings and so on, but the electronics. Evgeny explained: “We of course prefer to create sets that the operator becomes engaged in. That he or she can make changes to, perhaps create an emergency situation and then solve it, so that there is a process of play. You can buy an engine for €80, or you can construct the same engine with parts that cost €500. The most expensive set we ever built was for 3 million roubles, this took us several years to build. Then there is servicing which can also be costly, depending of the circumstances.”

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The Dutch speaking wo men’s club, ‘De Tulpen’ (the Tulips) is alive and kicking! Many events were held over the las t months, dio Stu is Lou like a New Year’s Din ner with Party partners , a movie nig ht, a visit Technology to a dress rehearsal of the by Louis Moscow Symphony Or che stra, end Gou ice skating in Gorky Par k and of 15 From a Master Cooking Cla ss in the April 2014, Intercontinental Hotel . d nize we orga For more information about every Tuesday, membership send and e-mail of Wednesday, the Nederlandse Club Moskou, refer to: www.nlclubm Thursday, great, the best y the wil in ies l bring you in contact part place of the world with the Tulips. – Night Flight





Beneficial packing tips to pack like a professional




e are all ecstatic because the summer vacation season is finally here! Whether you plan to embark on an amazing adventure in a new land or seek solace and rejuvenation in a familiar territory, you are going to need to do that ‘thing’ some dread the most; pack your suitcases. Even seasoned travelers experience bouts of packing anxiety and struggle to pack light yet still take all the things they think they will need. But there is no need to panic; by applying these surefire tips you can graduate into a confident packer who packs smart and efficiently.

Plan Way Ahead The most important packing tip I can impart is to start planning and organizing your trip way in advance. This gives you sufficient time to develop a comprehensive itinerary, which by the way, is an invaluable tool for packing. Planning ahead helps you ascertain your daily program so you can pack clothing that are appropriate for your activities, the weather, terrain, and other aspects that affect what you wear. Tip – Take some time to research whether the sites you plan to visit have any clothing restrictions.

Choose a Color Theme One of the simplest tricks to packing light is to choose a color theme and stick to it. By choosing a color theme it is easy to mix and match the items you pack. Choose at least one neutral shade such as white, beige, or brown that will go with every other color in your suitcase. A valued benefit of doing this is that you will find you need fewer shoes because one pair can be worn with multiple outfits.

Pick Multi-taskers You have already reduced the bulk and weight of your suitcase by simply packing fewer shoes, but you can go even lighter and be even more efficient if you choose versatile pieces. These are the pieces that transition easily from day to night with a quick change of shoes and accessories. Also, consider taking multi-taskers such as cardigans and jackets that can be worn with several outfits.

Pack Outfits not Pieces The primary reason people struggle to get dressed while on vacation or return home with a suitcase of clothes that have not been worn is because they pack pieces of clothing arbitrarily and then try to create outfits while on vacation. Save yourself the undue stress by creating complete outfits at home while you still have access to your well-stocked closet. With itinerary in-hand, pick outfits for each day of your trip. Lay your selections out on the bed and then edit down to just the items you need to look wellgroomed and stylish.

Tip – Pack in layers to lessen pesky creases and wrinkles. Place heavy items such as shoes on the bottom and light fabrics at the top.

Streamline and Shrink To whittle down baggage weight even further streamline your personal care products – you don’t need 10 bottles of perfume. Select the essential products and decant them into travel-sized bottles. Remember all liquids and gels should be sealed tightly and then placed into sealable bags for good measure. Tip – A change in cabin pressure may cause reusable bottles to contract, so leave a bit room at the top to prevent spillage.

Make a Checklist There are certain items that you should not leave home without; this includes travel documents, medication, power adapters, luggage tags, and sunscreen. The simplest way to ensure that you do not forget to pack these items is to create a comprehensive list and check it twice. Tick of items only when they have been placed into your bag. Lastly, approach packing as a gratifying challenge that gets you even more excited about your vacation. Imagine the fun activities you will be doing while wearing each outfit you pack. Remember to pack only what you need and you will be rewarded with plenty of room to fill up with the treasures and mementos from your travel. Bon Voyage

Tip – Shoes make great nooks to store small items.


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giant ice halo appears overhead as the ferry draws away from Bolshoi Zayatsky Island forming a perfect white circle in the clear blue sky and adding to the already deep aura of mysticism and spirituality that seems ever present in the Solovetsky Archipelago. The gulls dip and swirl frantically above us. They too seem caught up in the mood. The guide snaps at the halo

with her mobile phone. This is a rare occurrence she tells us. Bolshoi Zayatsky is one of the largest islands in the Archipelago. The island is flat and exposed. Small shrubs and lichens are about the only plants that can grow there. The former prison used the island as an ‘isolator unit’ to hold women who refused to work on religious grounds or were otherwise troublesome. These included women made pregnant by guards and needing to be placed out of sight.

The Solovetsky Islands (or Solovki) are an archipelago located in the Onega Bay of the White Sea in Russia. They are the setting of the Russian Orthodox Solovetsky Monastery complex, which was founded in the 1430s. The islands attained notoriety as the first Soviet prison camp, which ran from 1923 to 1939 and upon which much of the expanded GULAG system was modeled. Following that, the islands became a training base for naval cadets of the Soviet Northern Fleet. In 1992, the monastery was handed back to the Church. In the same year the Solovetsky Islands were included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List “as an outstanding example of a monastic settlement in the inhospitable environment of northern Europe which admirably illustrates the faith, tenacity, and enterprise of later medieval religious communities”.


The island holds 13 of the 35 stone labyrinths on the Solovki and some of the best examples in the world. There is speculation about these structures, which date back to 2000 BC. One view is that they represent a path travelled by the soul after death before exiting and taking on a life in a new body. Apparently it’s OK to enter a labyrinth as long as you can find the exit or you risk having your soul trapped forever. We make it back to Solovetsky Island. The ferry lists heavily to the left for the six-kilometer journey there and back. The Kayut is the only restaurant on the island outside of the hotels. Our waitress, Svetlana, bustles up and

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down her line of tables. You have to order everything at once, she insists – so you can be sure it will still be available when it’s time to eat it. The cuisine is Russian. The menu offers nine brands of vodka. The grilled fish and boiled rice is simply prepared and bland. The local mors is excellent. Construction of the Church of the Transfiguration started soon after the arrival of the founding monks in the 1430s. Ensuing generations created a level of self-sufficiency that might have appealed to the Bolsheviks with their apparent notions of community or communality. Instead, the new Soviet authorities deemed the island the perfect venue to banish political opponents and expelled the monks and shut down the monastery in 1920.The canals that link the lakes on Bolshoi Solovetsky are another legacy of the ancient monks, and facilitated the island’s hunting, fishing and farming activities. Rowing boats are rented out by the hour. The lake is flat and serene as we leave. On the way back the sky darkens quickly and the


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wind whips up the water. We head for the shore and a short intense shower follows, with thunder and lighting to match. The rain ends as quickly as it arrives, the sky clears and the water calms immediately. An old bus is standing at the boat house. Ask the driver if he’ll give you a lift back to the monastery, suggests the boat lady. Sure, he says, but it’s 150 rubles each. “Make hay while the sun shines” is the motto for everyone in the very short summer economy on Solovetsky. The prison museum is housed in a former prison block and is magnificently laid out. The guide is excellent. Solovetsky was set up as a detention camp for mostly political opponents of the Soviet regime. It functioned initially with some freedom; there was, for example, a camp newspaper and an active theatre scene. However, the ambience soon turned menacing and forced labor became the norm and the model from which the concept of prison labor in the vastly expanded GULAG system was developed. Some 60,000 people passed through Solovetsky in the 15 years until the camp was closed in 1939 and thousands perished in conditions of indescribable horror and cruelty. The guide informs us that three people


were always present when someone was shot: one to read the order, one to do the shooting, and one to witness the event. It’s late afternoon and we are standing next to the labyrinth on the north shore, reluctant to enter. The sky is overcast and grey and the water slaps at the seaweed clogging the rocky shore. This is one of only a few labyrinths accessible to visitors. As I move back into the woods lining the shore I feel the wind swirling, like leaves being lifted; it gets intense, a sensation of invisible people rushing around. As I lift my camera I notice someone in my peripheral vision on the shoreline. I turn to look but there’s no one

there. There’s no wind either, no leaves blowing about, only a sense of movement, of people moving around intensely. It’s a deeply peculiar sensation and I feel my hair standing up. It’s gone as soon as I reach the road. It’s dark by the time we reach the Kayut which is busy with the dinner crowd. Svetlana steers us towards her line of tables. After my experience at the labyrinth I need a shot of vodka and choose the brand from Archangelsk. It goes down like paint remover. I sense a presence again and look up. It’s Svetlana. You have to order everything at once she says. We have about 1,000 people living on the island and our

Travel in Russia Kem railway station is accustomed to travelers hanging out in the waiting room and there are signs in English. There is a столовая (dining room) run by the railways nearby. As expected, it offers ‘starch and steam’ cuisine. I drink the tea. The train arrives predictably on time at 13:12. This one is the Murmansk-Adler Express, which runs from the White Sea to the Black Sea in two days. The attendant hands out the bed linen and towels. There is no water in the coach and the cabin light doesn’t work. But nothing much matters after four days on Solovetsky. A kaleidoscope of images turns through my mind before the clattering rhythm of the train puts me to sleep. Invisible people sweeping around me like the tail of a comet, the magnetism and energy around the labyrinth, a walker on the shore who wasn’t really there, gulls silhouetted darkly against the giant retina of the ice halo, impressions of unimaginable cruelty and suffering, mysticism, spirituality, serenity, and above all, great beauty.

Suggested reading school has eleven students, she tells us. I order the pork goulash with buckwheat and shredded cabbage and a side of grated carrots with sugar. Help yourself to sugar from the bowl, she says. A storm beckons as we bid farewell to Solovetsky. There’s an order to boarding the boat irrespective of when you arrive at the gate. Tour groups first. These are pilgrims and they rush below decks to find the good seats. Tour guides top the pecking order because they will be back tomorrow with more business. Mothers with children next. Ordinary ticket holders board last. A man in a fluorescent safety

jacket signs something and the boat heaves away from the pier. The sea is rough unlike the calm water on the journey to the island. The ferry’s nose is low and it has to punch its way through the water. I walk around and count the passengers: about 170 souls. I count the life rafts: 14 rafts with a capacity for 140 people. Some of us will be swimming if this ship goes down. I am still unable to pronounce ‘Rabocheostrovsk’ properly but nonetheless relieved to get there. The captain shouts at me to get out of the way of the anchor rope as we approach the dock.

The Journals of a White Sea Wolf, by Mariusz Wilk (Harvill Press 1998). The account of a Polish journalist who spent six years on the Solovetsky islands and in the process became acquainted with all the residents. Solovki – The Story of Russia as told through its Most Remarkable Islands, by Roy R. Robson (Yale University Press - 2004). Roy Robson recounts the history of Solovki from its first settlers through the present day. From its first intrepid visitors through the blood-soaked twentieth century, Solovki—like Russia itself—has been a site of both glorious achievement and profound misery.



Brian Johnson Brian Johnson, who has lived here for 7 years, has good news to report. His company, Platimum Financial Services (PSF) has just moved into a swishing new office in Moscow City. To be successful in the financial services field in Moscow, where expats have to be highly street savvy to survive, needs a rare personal quality. Honesty. In this interview, Brian tells his story, and why he does what he does.

Why did you decide to live in Moscow, and continue your career in financial services in a completely different environment?

Platinum Financial Services is a Hong Based company; covered by Hong Kong regulatory


authorities, So whilst there are limited regulations as such in Russia governing financial services, by using the same regulations as we have in Hong Kong our clients receive a far superior service. When we opened the office for PFS in Moscow, there were three of us, we had no clients. We had a telephone and some prospective clients names, we had support from head office in Hong Kong, and that was it. We worked 20+ hours a day. Yes, we had to call people and say, “we’re here, please come and talk to us,” but now, a lot of people call us. Obviously this new office is not cheap, it’s actually the most expensive in the whole group, and we have to do quite a high level of business to cover our costs here. But we’re doing it. We’ve now made a big commitment to Russia. We have a lot of staff in here now, and we will

be recruiting more this year. We will be opening additional offices across Russia and former CIS countries. We have a real opportunity to help not just expats but Russians. I see the business going forward.

What’s the worst business experience you’ve had in Moscow? Last December our bank account was frozen by the tax authorities because we were a couple of days late filing our quarterly report. That to me was a complete shock. I’m used to the UK system where if you don’t file your tax returns on time, you get a nasty letter. That was just before Christmas when we had salaries to pay. It took weeks and weeks to get the account unlocked, and then we also received a penalty for filing late. We’ll never be late again.

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Simply really, I was fortunate to meet and marry a beautiful woman in the United Kingdom. She happened to be from Russia. With the financial crisis looming in 2006, the mortgage and financial services company I was working with was struggling for clients, profits were low and redundancy’s were increasing and I realised that it was time to get out of the UK. Moscow seemed to be a place of opportunities. I took a position with a financial services company in Moscow and although I quickly realised that I loved the job and helping all my clients, the companies credibility and business ethics left a lot to be desired so I decided to leave. At the same time, I wanted to stay in Moscow, and still felt that I had a lot more to offer the clients whom I had already worked with. The choices were: either set up my own company from scratch, and become Brian Johnson Independent, or find a company that I could actually believe in and trust to work with.

What regulatory basis does your new company work by?


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Business What are the best business experiences you have had here? Being able to ensure that our clients get the best possible advice. We have genuinely 100% independence. So I can look at a client’s personal circumstances, his or her lifestyle choices, and I can find exactly the right solution. No ties, no restrictions. And that’s a great position to be in for a financial advisor.

Is that something that would be difficult to do elsewhere in the world, such as in the UK? You couldn’t do it in the UK because the UK government tightly controls which products clients can have access to internationally to prevent the treasury losing any tax.

But you are using a Hong Kong based regulatory framework? Yes we operate in all our locations to exactly the same standards and regulatory procedures. I think we are the only financial services company here in Russia dealing with expats and locals who do this.

more. It isn’t just expats, many Russians who have invested into expensive real estate in the UK and Europe are also oblivious to the fact that they are going to be hammered by inheritance tax. We are not trying to avoid paying tax, but want people to be aware of the facts before it is too late. Children’s education is a big thing that expats are letting themselves down on. Many have children going, like my family, to one of the English schools in Moscow, which certainly costs more than the average UK private school. A lot of parents are fortunate to work for large international companies, or working for an embassy, which pay for the schooling. This is wonderful for the children, but maybe their parents will not be working for an international company or an embassy one day, the children could end up in not very good school, or not be able to go to university because mummy and daddy don’t have the money on the day that it’s needed. I can’t understand why

parents don’t set up a children’s education fee programme and put away a few hundred pounds a month. It seems crazy that parents are gambling that they will have the money available to continue the education costs when required in this unstable world. A lot of expats want to buy property in the UK for when they return. They would like to buy a house in say Oxford to retire to, but are shocked to discover that they can’t afford to do that. So we help them buy a property in a cheaper location for example, which they rent out with a guaranteed income. The rent is used to pay the mortgage, and they are then able to sell and buy the property they want when they get older. But it’s no good waiting until you are 55 or 60, have just lost your job and want to go back home. This is especially true for younger people, all these English teachers and young professionals in Moscow, they should be buying something now for £50,000 or £100,000.

What are the most popular services? For Russians, probably real estate purchase and second citizenship are very popular now for obvious reasons. For expats, it is pension planning, making sure that the money that they have earned here is kept safe and well for when they eventually want to retire. A lot of our expat clients have married locals, that’s pretty standard, but this can complicates things in the future.

How? If you are a Brit and married to a Russian, and you drop down dead in the UK, the inheritance tax is far more complex than if you had an English wife with a British passport, it could cost you a lot




ontrary to popular perception, planning for your financial future is not an impossible task, not for anyone. But there are persistent myths that first need to be dispelled. If you have no real financial plans for your future are you really â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;planning to failâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;? When I meet someone who needs to give commitment and hard work toward making a solid financial future for themself, there are usually two responses they give to the idea they should be taking some action and that now is the right time to start. The first is that they will never retire. The second is that they are glad this has been raised and they need help to start on the right path. To the first response I always realise that the person has their head in the sand and that they

are actually hiding from the stark reality that they are way behind in their planning. I hear all sorts of excuses which people ultimately justify to themselves about this. The second is much easier to deal with; this person recognises the need and the urgency and is always keen to implement a strategy and structure plans that will help them reach calculated targets. The person for whom we start planning will almost always feel better about themselves about making a start on the road to financial security. If you have read thus far you are likely a number two. But no matter where you stand there are some myths which are often misunderstood and other misconceptions which may be leading you astray.

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My property is my financial future This really is a myth because property is not everything. Many people have made great returns on property but the capital appreciation can only be realised once you actually sell a property. Feeling you have made sufficient gains to create enough wealth to retire on is often incorrect because inflation takes over, depreciating any gain you have realised when you cashed out. Property also has a mysterious way of not selling at the value you feel it should and sometimes not selling at the exact time you want it to. Its inflexibility means you are unable to draw down a part of the capital value of any single property without entering debt.

Business For those relying on rental income, property is a good idea as one of the asset classes you can use. Rental rate escalation gives some protection against inflation. However, do not rely entirely on this single asset class because then you have all your eggs in one basket and if the rental market declines or even collapses you will be in trouble. Not only will it be difficult to generate the revenue you need from rentals but you may also not be able to sell a property to realise capital.

My employer pension will be adequate Unfortunately this is rarely true. If you have had the same job and moved up the career ladder with the same employer, the chances are that you will be in a stronger position when it comes to your pension being adequate to fund your financial future. However, pensions are generally designed to generate half your earnings rate just before retirement if you have been in a scheme for forty years. A number of schemes will aggregate toward a secure financial future but will usually be insufficient. When I profile clients I usually find that the amount they feel they need to retire on have no relation to the amount they have been earning in their job. We must also assume that the company scheme you belong to will not collapse or have to reduce benefits payable to retirees. Contributions paid into a corporate scheme are often accumulated into your personal retirement fund. Sometimes, through the poor investment decisions of others, schemes have not created good returns and the amount which you are left with at retirement is totally inadequate.

Investing is too risky This is often a cop out for people who know they need to do something about accumulating investments but actually feel insecure about it. Corporate pension schemes invest in markets and equities typically form a substantial part of those investments. So, as an individual, you may be nervous about investing when in fact you are actually blindly invested in equities anyway. If you find the right investment adviser he will be able to show you ways of investing whilst taking account of your risk appetite. You will be surprised at the options available without very much exposure to equities. Such holdings are also able to generate returns far greater than you will find in any bank and they will be exposed to much lower risks.

I have left it too late It is never too late to start making arrangements toward your own personal financial independence. If you are driving a car when suddenly a brick wall appears and you have no chance of stopping do you not bother hitting the brakes? If you are on the way to a meeting and traffic holds you up so that you will be late do you simply not bother to turn up? In both these cases the chances are that your reactions and your instincts tell you to do your best and try to stop that car or arrive at the meeting late. It is never too late. In the same way it is never too late to start making preparations toward your retirement and you will certainly not regret this. I have met individuals who say they have retired on too much money; it is usually the exact opposite for the majority. They were late is starting and originally thought they had no chance of “getting there” but have managed to secure a comfortable

retirement for themselves because of a forward thinking plan which ultimately changed their entire lives. Quite often people can defer their retirement and gradually slow down by working part time. They will sometimes seek help from a finance professional who shows them how to uncover possible pensions they actually thought had been lost or cancelled. In the western world there is no such thing as a cancelled pension. Investors are frequently surprised at how savings can grow without taking unnecessary risks. These smaller aspects collectively assist them to pool together a larger picture which works.

I won’t live long anyway This is almost as bad as “I will never retire”. Medical science is constantly improving; extending lives. Look around you and you will see the reality that people are healthier and live longer. If you plan to expire in your eighties and you happen to run out of reserves at that time you really need to plan again.

I cannot afford sufficient savings This is also a common myth similar to those who feel it is too late. Starting small and at least accumulating assets toward ultimate financial independence is a really great idea. If you started saving say $150 per month for your new born child and increased the amount by 5% per year, growing at 6% it would be worth around $90,000 when your little one got to eighteen years old. That would be a pretty good start for anyone at that age. Ignore all of the myths and get moving on a plan today. Seek the right help and you will be nicely surprised.

Questions to the author can be directed to PFS International on +7 495 660 8887 or email to



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No Need To Leave B usiness managers operating in Russia are likely to be focused on one key question in the coming months; ‘what will be the legacy of the Ukraine crisis’ on the economy and the business environment? Specifically, how might the crisis damage previous growth assumptions and for how long? The good news is that nobody should be planning to pack their bags. The long term growth story in Russia remains intact. The bad news is that the economy may lose at least one year of growth and the quarterly reports back to head office may need a lot more reassurance than previously. Plaudits for exceeding 2013 performances will be scarce in calendar year 2014. The crisis over Ukraine could not have come at a worse time for the Russian economy. Last year’s growth of 1.3 percent was about one-third that of the previous year and the Economy Ministry recently warned that growth this year may be as low as 0.5 percent or even zero if inflation cannot be brought under control and capital flight continues to rise. But with headlines so bad and risks apparently high, why do so many foreign businesses even bother with Russia exposure? The short answer is they are in Russia because they make money in the country and, in most cases, a lot more than they make in most other developing economies. Businesses and investors who bailed out of Russia exposure during previous crisis missed the lucrative recovery that followed. Russia has changed a great deal over the past dozen years. Opinion polls certainly show strong public support for the re-integration of Crimea into the Russian Federation but other polls show a steady rise in


concern over rising inflation and the weaker rouble. Russia has the highest per-capita internet usage in the world and the middle-class has become used to travel, and spending, across the world. Policy makers in the Kremlin are very well aware of the need to sustain lifestyle improvements as a basic condition for social and political stability. Russia is already the second largest consumer market in Europe and, with 144 million people and 55 million households, potentially the largest. Although precisely defining what is the middle class segment of the population is problematic and highly contentious, using the OECD definition Russia’s middle class is just over 50 percent and compares very favourably with a similar classification of 30 percent in Brazil, 21 percent in China and 11 percent in India. More importantly the classification of wealthy households, i.e. those with annual income of $50,000 or greater, is 15 percent in Russia compared to less than 5 percent in Brazil, China and India. Russia is already one of the largest profit contributors for major international consumer and service companies and, last year, New York Jewellers Tiffany opened its first flagship store in east Europe on Red Square just opposite Lenin’s tomb. Between 2000 and 2012 retail spending in Russia grew at an annual compound rate of 20 percent. Part of that was the low base effect and part was as a result of the trickledown of the over $1.6 trillion worth of oil and gas exports revenue earned by the budget. But while the boom period in consumer and services growth is over, Russia will sustain annual growth in this sector close to the 4-5 percent recorded over the past twelve months


as peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifestyle and consumer habits continue to migrate towards those in developed economies. Despite the rapid changes of the past dozen years people living in big cities, such as Moscow, will attest to the fact that there is still huge scope for improvement in the consumer services sector. But what of the fears that Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic progress is at risk of a collapse in oil and gas earnings? It is certainly true that about two-thirds of the value of Russian exports is from oil and gas. But because of the steady expansion of the economy over the past decade less than 50 percent of tax revenue is generated from these industries. Also, the government learned an expensive lesson in the 2008 crisis when the oil price collapse quickly eroded foreign exchange reserves and led to a budget deficit of 6 percent in 2009. Today there is a more flexible approach to balancing the oil price and the roubleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exchange rate so that at an average of $80 per barrel (Brent) the budget would run a deficit of 3-4 percent of GDP. For a country with only 11 percent public debt to GDP that imbalance could be accommodated for several years while the reformers in government would welcome the decline in complacency to push much needed and long overdue reforms. The next phase of growth in Russia will have to be investment based in, e.g. agriculture, food and medicine production, healthcare and infrastructure. Foreign companies will make will money as these industries recover and expand as others have, and are, in consumer and service areas. Of course that implies that not only will the legacy of the Ukraine crisis be overcome but also that contentious issues such as corruption, heavy handed bureaucracy and a perceived weak rule of law will also be improved. The bottom line is Russia has never been an easy location for business and investment and that is unlikely to change for a very long time. But despite the regular intrusion of politics and the overhanging hydrocarbon risk, Russia is still a country to make money and that is why so many foreign companies are staying.



The Napoleon Hostel in Moscow

The Napoleon hostel was the first western styled hostel in Moscow, and was started by Richard Lines, a graduate in business and finance from City University School in London. Richard worked for a bank for many years in England and probably moving to Russia to run a hostel was the last thing he imagined himself doing.

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hen Richard came to Moscow there were two options for him to do for living. He can become an English teacher or start a kind of a business. He chose the latter. “When I worked for a bank I decided to do backpacking and in six months go back to London. I visited a lot of countries. All of a sudden I wanted to settle in Moscow. I thought about going to the university to get an MBA there and to learn Russian. I liked Russia. In Moscow back then, there were a lot of expensive hotels and a lack of hostels. My university mate introduced me to my current business partner Misha. So we agreed to set up a hostel,” says Richard. Though Richard had no experience in running a hostel, having stayed in hostels in 50 different countries, he knew what people wanted. “You have to find a good location close to tourist attractions with cheap bars and restaurants around. You have to hire a receptionist who is good at languages and maths. It took us 6 months to find a place we could rent, and another three months to renovate the place. We put in a kitchen, bought furniture and constructed the beds. We registered a company, did marketing and appeared on different booking sites. That was in 2007, and there was

a shortage of hostels in Moscow at that time. Napoleon became popular very quickly,” says Richard. “For the first year it was a very profitable business, but that didn’t last long. There is a lot of competition now. Almost every week there is a new hostel opening up and one closing down or being sold,” said Richard. He says that if you run your business well your profit could be between $0 and $4000 dollars a month. The prices vary from 450 roubles up to 700 roubles per night, in winter the hostel charges a little less than in the summer. There are several factors that make Napoleon different from other hostels. “We have an extremely good

location, it’s only a seven minute walk from the Red Square and the Kremlin. We have been operating for seven years now, and we try to be the best amongst our competition. We provide free Wi-Fi and maps of Moscow. Our customer service is very good; we explain about all the interesting places to visit. We have comfortable beds and a nice living room, we have board games and TV; it is very easy to socialize for guests. We can serve meals if guests want,” he added. Despite all the horror stories we hear about Russia, Richard doesn’t think that it is difficult to do business here. “It’s a little bit riskier then in London. There is too much bureaucracy in Moscow. Napoleon is a hostel but it still follows the same regulations as a hotel. You need a paper from the department of sanitation to say that it is clean. You need a paper from fire inspection to say it is safe… So in London there is heavier competition for just about everything, but in Moscow a more complicated bureaucracy and more opportunities. Having a Russian business partner is a huge plus for me, it helps me to avoid tricky situations. Overall, even for foreigners who don’t have a good command of Russian I would say that the risks are there, but there aren’t too many of them,” says Richard. There are some things that Richard is not so positive about: “Prices for food, clothes and computers are more expensive then in England. The quality of service is definitely a problem here. People who work in hotels or restaurants need to smile more. But then again, there are plusses. I used to live in London, which is a big vibrant city. Moscow is bigger. There is more energy. There are a lot of attractions. You can have everything you want here. You never know what is going to happen next, life is full of surprises. It is great going to the bars speaking with locals and teaching foreigners how to live here. Moscow is full of such a diverse bunch of people.”



Moscow Health Matters – Expat resilience In this article, Lucy Kenyon SCPHN, M.Med.Sci., RGN explores Emotional resilience and the armour you need for expat life. To be a resilient expat…


n my first article in MeL, I discussed the key health issues for expats. In the top 4 was Stress – Stress of global assignments and mental health problems make you more vulnerable to illness and injury, which can affect both your health and relationships. Many of us have children who are or are going to become adolescents. This group face a particularly challenging set of circumstances in expat family life. Frequent moves disrupting education, transient friendships, pressure on relationships, pressure to do well academically and follow in their parents’ footsteps… Expat life is a competitive environment to grow up in within a highly driven and high achieving community. This week even Prince Andrew was in the press talking about the need for children to experience failure. Failure helps


us to learn from our mistakes and become more effective. It needs to be OK for things to go wrong! I recently watched an inspirational Derren Brown documentary about luck – and how you can change your attitude and perception about something to change the outcome. When you are finding life difficult, does a particular issue from your history spring to mind? Is that memory or learned response stopping you from doing something different to get a different result? Despite growing up in difficult circumstances several studies have found that a third of children remain able to behave and achieve normally without intervention, the remaining two thirds showed destructive behaviours into adulthood. The achieving group was classified as ‘resilient’, perhaps because of genetic traits or other positive influences and support. So how can we help the two thirds of expat children (and ourselves),

who are likely to need support, to become more resilient? By nature expats are risk takers passing on those genes to their adolescent offspring, who in turn react more strongly to reward than adults and children and their lack of impulse control leads teens to greater thrill-seeking. This is why it is crucial for adolescents to have appropriate ‘social scaffolding’ – the right balance of monitoring and interest in which to develop the skills of self-control within support and protection. Being as connected as possible to parents and the wider family protects them from every health risk behaviour they might indulge in. The nature of expat life can mean that parents are stressed or out of their comfort zone and therefore introverted and/or self-absorbed. Teens will migrate towards support in the wrong or uncontrolled places in a high-risk social context . My daughters tell me that the movie ‘Thirteen’ is a very scary extension of the type of peer

Health pressure adolescents (especially unmonitored expat adolescents) too easily find themselves in. Appearing ‘older than most’ in the class, a level of sophistication that many expat young people develop as a coping strategy, has also been associated with emotional distress in high school students.

Learning the hard way This article explores a growing trend in strategies to improve our mental capacity to overcome problems. Being an expat adds an extra dimension to the stressors on Holmes and Rahe’s scale and must be accommodated for when these events happen. Being aware of your own coping strategies or mechanisms protects you against the psychological risks associated with adversity and is key to being emotionally resilient. There are four main themes :

1) reduction of potential loss (risk impact) 2) reduction of negative chain reactions (consequences) 3) establishment and maintenance of self-esteem and self-efficacy 4) opening up new opportunities So what strategies are there out there to help us in times of difficulty?

Mindfulness Mindfulness is being taught at organisations as diverse as Google, AOL, Transport for London, Astra Zeneca and the Home Office. It teaches you how to manage the symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Transformational breathing US philosophy that reached the UK last year to teach us how best to use our lungs; on the premise that increasing oxygen to the brain and vital organs makes them work more effectively and reduces adrenaline flowing round the body.

Emotional resilience Originally developed to help victims of natural disasters and massacres cope with catastrophe ‘Emotional resilience’ is more hardhitting than many of the other methods promising to keep us cool, calm and collected. The word resilience comes from the Latin resilio, which means to jump (or bounce) back. Emotional resilience measures our ability to cope with or adapt to stressful situations or crises – be this a natural disaster in the country you are residing in or an exam. These two situations are what is called a ‘spectrum of adversity’ but the human response to them (adrenaline and fight or flight) remains the same. 200 of the country’s leading independent schools will attend a conference next month to learn how to equip their pupils with emotional resilience, so that they can deal better with stress and failure. If it’s good enough for them… We now know that educational and financial advantage during the

school years does not correlate with top degrees. So somewhere along the line our children need help to cope with the things that life throws at them. The Work Foundation, a research group linked to Lancaster University and the Samaritans have started hosting emotional resilience workshops for their own employees (Volunteer Samaritans) and major companies including EDF Energy and housing associations. Even the BBC school based drama Waterloo Road has got in on the act – my children talk about emotional resilience now. Employers report better productivity, improved sickness absence and higher staff morale. Geetu Bharwaney says “Many people’s problems, even in business, are emotional,” she says. “An emotionally fit individual is able to apply strategies in their everyday life to get the outcomes they desire in six areas of health – career, intellectual, social, spiritual, financial and physical.”

Emotional resilience teaches you to how to create an action plan yourself – for how to work effectively in your job and/or deal with challenges as they occur.”

For employers The effects of emotional resilience training are well-documented and it originates in science. Schools and offices in which the practice is taught have improved so much – increased motivation, innovation and better relationships. That the Department for Health now sponsors a free, downloadable ‘emotional resilience toolkit’ for employers, with tips on how to ‘survive and thrive’ at work, is highly significant. http://www. emotional-resilience So, next time you find yourself feeling guilty for being disproportionately distressed


Health Ten tips to build your emotional resilience

- Learn to look at problems and crises as challenges to overcome; not insurmountable obstacles. - Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends and family – make use of all the technology available to help you do this – family on the other side of the world are often awake and ready to talk when you are lying in bed feeling like the world is caving in! - Accept that change is part of life, not a disaster – some people are better at it than others – ask your friends for suggestions about how they might deal with it. - Take control and be decisive in difficult situations – even if you take control of a very small part of the situation or make a choice about something, it will make it easier to cope with. - Be kind to yourself and nurture a positive view of yourself – don’t talk yourself down or focus on flaws – punishment never really worked for anybody – prisons still exist… - Look for opportunities to improve yourself: a new challenge, social situation or interest outside work. Set goals and plan ways to reach them. - Keep things in perspective: learn from your mistakes and think long-term. - Practice optimism and actively seek the good side of a bad situation – even if you just allow yourself to imagine a good outcome for a few minutes per day. - Practice emotional awareness: can you identify what you are feeling and why? - Look after yourself, through healthy eating, exercise, sleep and relaxation.


or comparing a stressful day to surviving a major disaster, don’t berate yourself – it was stressful. But with a perspective based on emotional resilience, you’ll be able to survive and grow from it.

Conclusion Fear is a very real paralysing agent, it was designed to prevent our prehistoric ancestors from getting killed by wild animals: in modern day terms it could be fear of spiders, mathematics or even talking to strangers. Many of us barely have time during day to floss our teeth, let alone arrange a daily overcoming of fear, so start with a realistic goal: doing one new thing or something on your to-do list every week. Overcoming a fear boosts your self-esteem. You will enjoy a sense of achievement, even elation, when an obstacle is tackled or a seemingly unobtainable skill is mastered. Use new parts of your brain to jolt it into accessing hidden resources, strengthening neural connections as well as avoiding a sense of inertia in your life, so take up a new hobby with new people or try using your non-dominant hand to do things – you’ll be amazed what a different perspective you’ll see!

Biography Lucy Kenyon SCPHN, M.Med.Sci., RGN is a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, with a background in occupational and environmental health. She has a keen interest and expertise in the relationship between people and their environment. Prior to moving to Moscow in 2009 she was involved in pandemic planning for Tier 2 emergency services in the UK. She has written specialist articles on health matters for Croner Special Reports since 1997. She is also an expat spouse, who understands the challenges of day to day issues when living abroad.

References newsletter_2011_06.php Protecting Adolescents From Harm: Findings From the National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health Michael D. Resnick et al. http://www.mdft. org/mdft/media/files/Resnick-et-al(1997)-Protecting-adolescents-fromharm-National-longitudinal-study-onadolescent-health-JAMA.pdf

Psychosocial resilience and protective mechanisms. Rutter, Michael. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Vol 57(3), Jul 1987, 316-331. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1987.tb03541


Dr. Alla Anastos a Anastos

h Dr. All Interview wit Dr. Alla Anastos is the Chief Doctor at US Dental Care – an American dental clinic right in the centre of Moscow. This year is the 20th anniversary of the clinic opening and so we wanted to find out a little more about her.

Where are you from? I was born and brought up in Ossetia together with my two sisters and brother.

When did you decide to become a dentist?

Why did you decide to study in America? Well, I studied in Moscow for 5 years and then did a two-year postgraduate course in prosthodontics. During this time, I had started working as an Assistant at US Dental Care. There were five American dentists working there and they really opened my eyes to the


You are a specialist implantologist, how did this come about?

Why did you return to Moscow?

I wish to keep on learning – dentistry is changing all the time with new technology. I also want to continue training the dentists in our clinic and offering our patients the best treatment possible. I am lucky to have two gorgeous daughters (aged 3 and 5) and they are a lot of fun and I love spending time with them, however, like many women, I have to juggle the work life balance.

I loved America and became an American citizen, however my husband had always planned to go to Moscow after his exams. US Dental Care reemployed me and I was really keen to implement some new ideas for the clinic that I had picked up in America. It was difficult because although I was passionate about dentistry, I was also very young and it was sometimes difficult to betaken seriously. One day, back in 2002, I saw a patient from the Russian Government. He was horrified when he walked into the surgery and saw me. He said: ‘I didn’t come here to see a baby,’ and promptly walked out!

Training to be an implantologist was the best investment of my career! I had to travel to New York, once a month, for a year. It was a big commitment in terms of time and money although it was worth it. I was fortunate to have found a mentor and friend in Dr. Arun Garg, one of the top implantologists in the world, who then visited our clinic in Moscow. I am pleased that US Dental can now offer our patients the very best care and expertise when considering implantology. I have patients who fly in just to see me from the USA, Italy and Canada.

What are your goals for the future? Do you plan to expand?

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My father, who was a professor at the university, was ambitious for his children and he guided us towards the careers he thought would suit our skills and personalities best. He didn’t dictate what we should do – it was more of a ‘drip drip’ method over the years to give me the encouragement to become a dentist. He is a very wise man!

American way of working. I was so impressed by their system of infection control and general hygiene. As a result, I started wearing surgical masks and gloves at medical school and my professor would tease me saying I looked like I was going to Space! My decision to study in the USA was influenced by my American colleagues at US Dental Care and, in addition, I was dating an American who wanted to return to the USA to continue his studies. I was fortunate to be accepted by all the Medical schools to which I had applied, however, I chose to study at Boston Medical School as my boyfriend was now my husband and he was offered a place to study there.



Nicholas Kenn

Keeping Fit For Ever


ge, unfortunately has a way of creeping up on us. Hardly do our 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seem over and we celebrate 50. Soon after it is the dreaded 60! Some people are blessed with excellent health and a great metabolism that enables them to at least, look in shape, others however are not so fortunate. Living and working in any major city is not easy and stress creeps in to every aspect of our daily lives. Air quality, noise, traffic, family and business are just a few of our daily challenges. On top of this combination come the endless meetings, business lunches, networking and evening events which can further lead to excessive alcohol consumption, smoke (in Moscow whether you smoke or not!) and a badly balanced diet. As a recently turned 60 years (young) expat with the normal traits of being somewhat overweight and whilst relatively fit have a lack of serious exercise, I decided that it was time to find out how my motor is working and what I can do now to improve my own quality of life for the next working years and on into retirement. One of my first steps has been to find a new Health Club. Having tried several in Moscow and found that many are either overfilled and most look at you just as a client and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t



appear to have your health as their principal interest. On receiving an invitation from the new Nikolskaya Health Club I thought that it was worth investigating as research indicated that their offers take a health club into the next league. Not just a pool, machines and aerobics but qualified Doctors, specialists and a treatment based on a proven Austrian programme. If you live or work in the centre, it is a most convenient location within sight of Red Square. You enter the club through Nikolskaya Plaza and take the escalator down to reception where one is greeted by fountains and wonderfully friendly staff. The changing rooms are more like a club and nothing like a normal fitness club. Beautiful sauna, large showers and even an open fire! How many Health Clubs in Moscow provide bathrobes? Nikolskaya does! The aim of my first visit was to gain an overview of my general state of health. This is not a full medical examination (this can be arranged) rather a special consultation to establish ones Body Mass Index (BMI) which is arrived at on the basis of kg/sq.m. One’s ideal BMI is 18.5 – 24.9 which is described as ‘normal weight’ and at minimal risk. This check indicates your BMI based on the following criteria:- - - - - -

Body fat Weight Lean (Non-Fat) Body Mass Active body cell mass (ACM) The percentage of ACM in Lean Mass Musculoskeletal Mass (MSM) The percentage of MSM in Lean Mass

This is performed by a combination of an EKG for the heart, a breath test, measurements of height, weight, diameter and with a low electrical current that measure the opposition that your body presents to its passage, as electricity doesn’t behave the same as when it goes through fat, muscle or fluids. So what was the result? To be honest I did not need the test to tell me that I was overweight and did not take enough exercise. I know this but why don’t I do something about it! However you receive a very interesting print out of the test and if you are serious about improving your health it makes interesting reading as one educates oneself to understand the body better and to remain longer on this planet! So the next stage was to visit a Personal Trainer. The Nikolskaya Health Club uses Technogym equipment from Italy. These are very sophisticated machines that help you exercise and burn calories. Some of the machines look scary but with the help of my personalised training programme and key card, the machine recognizes me, shows me the weight I need, how many exercises I should do and even keeps a record of what I have done! My super fit personal trainer, Gregor - - - - -

Basal metabolism and specific basal metabolic rate Total body water Extracellular body fluid Index of waist – hip measurement Percentage of fat mass

took one look at me and laughed (in a nice way) I could see in his eyes that he could see a challenge and away we went. He explained the importance of warming up so the first machine is a cross trainer that offers a combination of step, elliptical and vario, so a cross between a running machine and cross country skiing. With the use of your key card the machine knows how long you should work on it. Quite fascinating to see the calories you are burning. Then it was on to a range of machines for other parts of the body. To finish, a longer session on the cardio machine (more calories burnt) and then stretching, again on a high tech machine. Feeling hot but proud of what I have done on my first visit it was time to relax in the beautiful pool and Hamman before the sauna. The Nikolskaya Health Club is not cheap but offers exclusive service. It’s not crowded and the service and standards are amazing. They also offer many health programmes on their Arteprevent concept based on the techniques of the Austrian scientist, physician and physiologist Dr. F.K. Mayer and Dr. Alex Witasek from the Innsbruck Health Centre. The possibilities are endless and the wonderful staff will guide and advise what is best for you. Our health and the future of our lives is in our own hands. If we do something to redress the years of unhealthy eating and lack of exercise 60 is still a young age and we have so much to look forward to!


Retirement David Wood

Retiring to Thailand

For some retirement is a long way off and does not need to take much thought at this time, however for many of us the day is drawing closer and plans must start to be made. There are many choices, stay here? Go back to my country of origin or do I look for somewhere more amenable, better climate, cheaper?

Here we look at one possibility:The attractions of warmer weather, great food and a relaxed lifestyle are one of the main features Thailand has to offer for the adventurous who feel retirement there will be a great move. Before you get used to the cultural changes there are some practicalities which you will need to deal with. In order to become a temporary resident you will need a visa. The best option will be a retirement visa, renewable annually. These are available for foreigners over age 50 who can demonstrate they have sufficient means to live. This comes in the form of a bank deposit of Thai Baht (THB) 800,000, or a guaranteed pension income as certified by your countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s embassy in Thailand. If you wish to own your home there are restrictions as foreigners may not own land. However, leasehold properties are available

and you may thus own a lease on a condominium. Leases are only 30 years. They may be renewed so there are good opportunities to secure a nice home in the popular centres where expats tend to retire. Purchasing a property as a foreigner means you need to import foreign currency to do this. There are stringent regulations surrounding this and you need to obtain advice on how to go about this before you embark on your property purchase. Medical insurance is also something which you really should not ignore. Treatment can be expensive and if you have no insurance this could prove catastrophic for you. There are a number of options available and the old adage that you get what you pay for is true here. There are very cheap insurances available but when you want to make a claim you discover that the cover you have secured is so poor that you foot much of the bill

yourself anyway. Do not get caught out. Opening a local bank account can be tricky. Once you start to apply for a retirement visa it gets easier because you need your funds in a Thai bank. If you have investments which will create income for you it is best not to bring them into Thailand. Here the political risk is considered too high and the currency can be volatile. Your gains will also be taxed in Thailand and you could lose as much as 35% of your gains. The best option is going to be investing in a tax haven. From there you can import reserves into Thailand for living as you need them. This can all be achieved from within Thailand giving you as many options as you need for comprehensive global investment strategies. Gains will be tax free in their origin and your investments can be managed from anywhere in the world.

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HIRING A BIKE Ever wondered how to hire a bike from one of those stands with red bicycles? Here’s how: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Go to the web site: Hit the registration button (РЕГИСТРАЦИЯ) Fill in the form, name, surname, email, confirm email, mobile (fill it in without spaces +79xxxxxxxxx), how many bikes you want to rent, how many days (up to 7) you want to hire the bike for Tick the agreement box in the bottom left hand corner and the red button at the bottom (to go to next page) Fill in your bank details, your bank may ask for an activation code sent by sms, as usual. Hit the last button which says: ГОТОВА On the next screen you get a report of the payment and how long you can rent bikes for. You will have already got an sms from Velobike with the number of your velobike account and PIN. Go your nearest bike park, which you can find by hitting the button: ON-LINE КАРТА Off you go! There are 94 parks so far in Moscow. As with other such schemes around the world, you can take your bike back to any of the parks.

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Retro John Harrison



The Ugly Truth

eltsin had a short time to bathe in glory after his tumultuous victory in 1993. In 1994 all hell broke out in the shape of war with the breakaway Russian republic of Chechnya. The setting for the first war in Chechnya was a country struggling to come to terms with itself. Many members of Soviet nomenklatura made a transition to positions of power in the new privatised industries and in the government of Russia. The general public finally realised that capitalism brings stratification of wealth, and the majority, the poorer members of society saw real wages fall in terms of purchasing power, even as they watched a small elite which included some government officials becoming fabulously rich. Left wing leaders weren’t so active now as the chance to make real money had come to them too. The only organised opposition came from the directors of collective farms who


obstructed the government’s desire to break up the Kolhozes into small, privately-owned farms. Yet this was not because of any socialist altruism but because the government could not supply credits to purchase badly needed agricultural equipment. Russians were grieved by the fact that Racketeers had taken over some of the basic functions of the state so soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Gradually these functions became to be concentrated in the hands of the government. The government and the criminal underworld, to an extent we shall never know, merged in 1994. Over half of Russia’s state enterprises were by now privatised, and vast numbers of flat owners, under the privatisation programme, were being given the deeds to the flats they previously leased from the government. Loyal Prime Minister Chernomyrdin maintained state subsidies on fuel, lighting, telephones and transport. Yeltsin

strived for greater market reforms, but came up against a new form of opposition: vested interests in the form of groups of non-communist parliamentarians who formed lobbies and blocked initiatives. Using such obstacles as a pretext, Yeltsin started to impose his will without consulting representative bodies which he himself had been instrumental in setting up: the State Duma and the Federation Council. The Great Leader resorted to the bottle more and more frequently in public. To the slight amusement of many Russians, in September in Berlin he snatched a conductor’s baton and drunkenly led an orchestra through a rendition of ‘Kalinka.’ His drinking led to chronic heart problems, and later in the year he was ‘too ill’ to meet the Irish prime minister at Dublin airport. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moscow had moved fast to restore its influence over the outer

Retro edges of the previous Soviet empire in newly independent Moldova (Transnistria war in 1992), Georgia (the unresolved South Ossetia War 1991–1992 and the Georgian Civil War 1991-1993) and Azerbaijan (Nagorno Karabakh 1992-1994). Little was actually achieved in these territories by Russia apart from recapturing many of the armaments that newly independent forces had acquired or expropriated on the cheap from the Soviet military. Chechnya, whose leader Dzhokar Dudaev, an ex-Soviet air force general, had declared independence in 1991, was different. Dudaev allegedly resided over the criminality of the Chechen economy provided a haven for protection racketeers operating in Russia’s cities. He allowed the operation of Sharia law, and frequently referred to the truism that Chechnya had remained within Russia only because the tsars and commissars had more guns. Some said that the interests of the Russian state and the Russian mafia became almost the same thing, the challenge posed by Chechnya – the only part of the Russian Federation where Moscow’s writ meant precisely nothing, became more acute. Grozny airport was the only place where anything, guns, money, drugs, plutonium and people could be exported. The location of reasonably sized oil fields and an important refinery in Grozny ensured that Dudayev had enough cash to bribe functionaries all over Russia, and also ensured that he could secure enough

ex-Soviet weapons for a military struggle. Attempts had been made to replace Dudaev in June, when a so-called ‘Congress of Chechen People’s Deputies’ was established at Moscow’s behest and announced that it was transferring ‘absolute power’ to a new body known as the Interim Council. This council failed to overthrow Dudayev in a carefully staged ‘internal conflict’ in September. Much to the embarrassment of Russia, Russian soldiers were among the ‘opposition’ forces taken prisoner by Dudayev, and they were duly paraded before the Russian media and described how the FSB (previous KGB) had recruited them. The FSB also saw a war as an opportunity to re-establish their importance as an anti-terrorist organisation and achieve increased funding. A week before the war started, an extraordinary event took place which showed the true nature of the new civil accord á la New Russia. The main offices of the Most Group, a banking, media and property empire run by the flamboyant former theatre director Vladimir Gusinsky, was surrounded by security forces from the presidential security service. When Gusinsky’s security guards were beaten up, he exited to England. Gusinsky had established a working relationship with the Moscow mayor, Yury Luzhkov whereby the mayor would provide legal backing for Gusinsky’s sometimes dubious real estate projects, while Gusinsky

part-financed the mayor’s budget. The real problem was that Gusinsky had shown how Moscow had bungled its Chechnya operation on NTV, which Gusinski owned, and in his newspaper Sevodnya. This was the start of the Kremlin’s long attack on the electronic media. In December, the Minister of Defence lost no time in explaining to Yeltsin that the Russian army could easily crush the Chechnya rebels. His motivation was not clear, although it might have had something to do with wishing to take the spotlight off accusations of his mismanagement of military finances. The next day, tanks trundled into Grozny and the Chechnya nightmare began. Grozny was bombed to rubble, the rest of the world looked on and begun to wonder what kind of a country they had helped to create. After Grozny’s fall, Dudaev and his commanders organised resistance in the mountains. Meanwhile, Moscow TV stations reported on the Russian army’s incompetence, and alleged atrocities. Several units, many of them scrawny, terrified conscripts were reported to have been fighting each other until they realised they were on the same side. Thousands of civilians were killed by waves of apparently indiscriminate bombing. Yeltsin, mysteriously taken out of action by a ‘nose operation’ on the day the conflict began, officially issued several orders for the bombing to stop, but it went on, and on, until Grozny was little more than putrid wasteland.




ovich k c i r e Fred

Krasnodar 1994


he day had started well. Volodya had taken me early to Vnukovo airport and I had flown to Krasnodar. Gone were the Intourist days when foreigners were afforded the luxury of separate check in and lounges in return for the privilege of paying in hard currency, and I had joined the jostling crowds trying to get through the rudimentary security before seeking the check in desk. Passengers cursed the newly installed security screening, convinced it was just one more way by which the authorities could check on their goods and domestic trade, electrical goods out from Moscow, fresh fruit and vegetables into Moscow. There was, however, a very real reason for the screening. Vnukovo was the main airport for southern Russia and the Caucuses, and recently there had been a considerable escalation in tension between Moscow and the autonomous areas of Ingushetia and Chechnya. Chechnya in particular, lead by an exsoviet pilot general that had served with distinction in the Afghan war, was calling for separatism hoping to follow in the wake of the Baltic States. We had landed on time in the sunshine at Krasnodar, capital city of the Krai (area) of the same name. The contrast with Moscow was enormous. A massive airfield littered with aircraft, both military and civil in various states of decay and row after row of ancient bi-planes used annually for crop spraying interspersed with the odd helicopter. The main airport building was white and crumbling, reminders of Lenin at every turn and packed with eager relatives and hopeful would be taxi drivers. The biggest contrasts with Moscow though were the clear blue skies, a spring temperature ten degrees warmer and air that was clean and a pleasure to breathe. I had a good feeling about Krasnodar, my new project and the day ahead. Krasnodar Krai is special to Russia and to Russians. Bordered by open plains to the north and east, to the south it is bounded by the magnificent Caucus Mountains reaching as far down as Sochi and inland to the Karachay-Cherkess Republic border. To the west it is open to the Black Sea and possesses Russia’s only warm water ice-free port; Novorossiyisk. Various holiday resorts are dotted along the coast, which make up much of what was the Soviet’s summer playground,


company sanatoria providing relief from the northern winters. The Krai is also home to the famous ‘black earth’, soil massively rich in nutrients that supports the growth of much of Russia’s wheat production, along with the Kuban Cossacks and their legendary choir. Met by our local office manager, the bi-lingual Kristina, we drove for 2 hours to Novorossiyisk, Russia’s main southern port. In addition to dry cargo and terminals for ferries from Turkey and Bulgaria, to the south of the town is the oil port of Sheskaris, owned and operated by Transneft who were encouraging our new pipeline venture to place our planned oil loading terminal alongside their facilities. The purpose of my visit that day was to survey from a distance the layout of Sheskaris, its size, disposition, weather, vulnerability and space for expansion. As an engineer it was a part of my work that I greatly enjoyed and the best way to view the location would be to head up into the hills above the town. We drove around the cargo port and past the monuments to the Great Patriotic War, this is a Hero City where Brezhnev had made his reputation as a resistance fighter, and climbed past the cement works towards the crest of the hills. From the top we had an excellent view of the ports, their harbours and the shipping lanes and approaches. After careful note making and photo taking we decided to drive over the hill and down past Grushevaya, the location of Transneft’s tank farm from where crude oil is loaded out to waiting oil tankers. From there we could return via back roads to Krasnodar. As we wound down the hill, a Lada overtook us with wheels squealing as he went into the next bend. The driver of our Land Cruiser muttered something in Russian, which drew looks from Kristina who was explaining the ancient history of the region, the influences of the Scythians and more latterly the Greeks and Armenians, and the fact that there is a natural spring lower in the valley the waters of which are attributed with healing properties. We had weaved down another kilometre when we came upon the Lada firmly embedded in the roadside Armco barrier. The barrier had done its job preventing the car from descending into a gully many metres below but in the process the driver, unrestrained by his

Retro seat belt, had put his head through the windscreen which had shattered. I switched off the carâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ignition and checked, he appeared to be conscious. We had no mobile back then so I told Kristina to drive to the Grushevaya terminal and to phone for an ambulance while I waited with the man. She objected. She knew that the terminal was on security alert because of the events in Grozny and even if she could get past the security uninvited and get access to a phone what ambulance service did I think she could access? The injured driver was becoming agitated. He was clearly in great pain, and appeared to have damaged his knee, which was leaking blood and fluid but my concern was for his eyes, which had slammed into the ridge of the remaining windscreen. The left was open but cloudy and granules of glass protruded from it, the right was closed although glass poked between the lids and a trickle of blood ran down his cheek. We cleared the back of the Cruiser and gently laid him on his side. Twice he struck out in a mixture of anger, fear and confusion much of which stemmed from his inability to see. We spoke reassuringly to him that he would be OK; that he had dirt in his eyes and that they needed to be washed and drove to the Seamanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospital back in Novorossiyisk. On arrival I was dismayed by what I saw in the emergency area. More decay, examination rooms with tiles missing

from the walls and floors, buckets in corners with used dressings, and a general lack of cleanliness. A cat curled asleep on a chair. Kristina assured me this was the nearest and probably best hospital in the area while we struggled to raise the level of urgency among the staff. After what seemed an age convincing them that we had not been the cause of the accident a doctor appeared, looked at the injured driver and gave instructions for him to be carried inside. On searching his pockets the driver only had one hundred and fifty roubles and we were informed that would not be enough to cover the fees and medications that he would require. Clearly if we were going to leave them with the problem of treating this man they would need more money, an unsympathetic administrator explained. I left with them two hundred dollars and all the feelings of wellbeing that I had enjoyed earlier that day. Kristina scribbled out our office details and asked that they let us know his progress. We never heard from them or the driver again. I flew back to Moscow that night feeling hollow with the realisation of my own vulnerability and how little compassion had been on display at the hospital. Even Moscow now felt safe compared to the treatment available in the regions. From then on, safety in the work place and the community took on a whole new meaning for me.


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Moscow Good Food Club


o By Kim Wadd

Wine Religion Aggregate MGFC food scores (out of 10): Food Quality: 9 Quality and suitability of the drinks: 9+ Service Standards: 8 General rating of the meal: 9+


n their continued quest for good food and excellent wines, intrepid members of the Moscow Good Food Club made their way to South West Moscow to visit and experience first hand the cuisine and wines of newly opened and interestingly named, Wine Religion. Located on Michurinsky Pr, Wine Religion is a new concept for Moscow aimed at providing high quality cuisine and wine to its local audience. With all the new apartment buildings on Michurinsky it is ideally located for this area. Wine Religion is unlike any other restaurant in Moscow. You enter through the wine store where one can experience the passion of one of Moscowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading Sommeliers, Ksenia Karpenko. The wine selection is extremely comprehensive and many are quite reasonably priced (for Moscow). Incidentally if you are buying wine here, in addition to the Sommelier, you can also ask the opinions of the Security Guard! His interest in the products that he is guarding is amazing, as is his English! The concept of Wine Religion is a high quality Bistro with a vast variety of fresh products to cover virtually every taste. However for the guests of the Moscow Good Food Club, executive Chef Timur Abuzyarov had prepared a special menu for our enjoyment. We were welcomed with a beautifully refreshing Bailly Lapiere Brut Cremant de Bourgogne accompanied by glasses of Beetroot Gazpacho. After all we had expected spring by this time however there was yet another covering of snow outside! Having made acquaintance with the other guests we were asked to take our tables. The meal commenced with a marinated trout tartar with strawberry and sorrel, light and up-lifting and ideally paired with the 2012 Chateau Minuty, Prestige Rose Magnum. Then followed their amazing Pearl Barley risotto with foie gras and mushrooms. Kseniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice of wine


Moscow Good Food Club was extremely brave, a 2011 Jose Pariente, Verdejo. It is interesting to note that Verdejo grapes (Spain) are generally harvested at night to allow the grapes to enter the cellar at the lower night time temperatures. Again an amazing pairing that ideally complemented each other. The main course was Saint-Jacques Scallops served with a beautiful parsnip mousse. This dish was accompanied by a superb 2012 Chatelain, Sancere Selection. Again the flavours melted and combined in the palate prompting oohs and aahhs from the members. Dessert was a sumptuous Vanilla pannacotta with fresh berries and proved to be a superb end to an amazing meal. As always the members were asked for their opinion of our MGFC question for the evening:- â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moscow now has a vast range of restaurants, what are the main factors that you take into consideration when choosing where to eat/drinkâ&#x20AC;? As both experts and clients that enjoy good food and drink, the answers were quite similar from each table, and concentrated mostly on Value for Money, location, service and continuity. Non-smoking or minimal smoke was also a high consideration. So on a cold March evening members of the Moscow Good Food Club bid their farewells to Wine Religion all with a promise to return very soon. Congratulations to the entire team at Wine Religion and grateful thanks to Timur for an excellent meal and very special thanks to Ksenia Karpenko for the amazing wines that we were able to enjoy together.

Moscow Good Food Club

John Harrison

Restaurant Chekonte, Intercontinental Tverskaya Executive Chef: Taki

Aggregate MGFC food scores (out of 10): Food Quality: 9 Quality and suitability of the drinks: 10 Service Standards: 10 General rating of the meal: 9


he Chekonte restaurant at the Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya was the venue selected for the fourth Moscow Good Food Club (MGFC) meeting in March. 33 Good Food Lovers filled four massive tables in this large contemporary restaurant overlooking Tverskaya in the heart of Moscow. Guests were greeted with a glass of Prosecco di Zonin Brut. The restaurant’s executive chef Taki, spoke in friendly Australian about the delights in store for us. Kim Waddoup, publisher of Moscow expat Life explained MGFC’s informal rules: no salt and pepper to enable us to really taste the food, diversified seating arrangement to encourage meeting new people, and each guest to fill out a restaurant critique valuing the food. Finally, to steer the conversation away from the omnipresent and may I say overpowering political events, guests were asked to draw up a series of suggestions on improvements for Moscow that they felt still need to be made. This suggestion was greeted with applause. The starter dish, Kachofoli, and one has to give Taki top marks for being so creative with the names of his dishes,


was a warm brandade, served up with micro greens with sturgeon caviar. Guests remarked how unusual this was, “…something we wouldn’t have thought about.” This was accompanied by a glass of Törley Chardonnay Brut. As with all drinks served, this seemed to match perfectly. Next was a very Asian pork & prawn wonton soup scented by ginger grass and lemon juice which had been given an enticing name: Forbidden City. This was served together with Pfefferer Goldmuskateller Colterenzio. Several members of the club felt that the asparagus was just a little too strong for the meat, although approval ratings for his dish were high. Taki gave us a choice of meat or fish for the main course, accompanied by Wunderlich Cabernet Franc; a wonderful red wine, tinged with raspberry and black current, and which worked just as well with both dishes. The meat dish was called Casablanca’s Best, one of Taki’s specials from his Moroccan days. The meat was tender, some said a little bland, but this was compensated for with an adequate amount of rosemary. The courgettes were superb. The only real criticism levelled at this

Moscow Good Food Club offering was perplexity as to why the dish was served in a soup bowl. The fish; a sea bream fillet served with shaved Spanish Jamon, eggplant puree, fragrant Tahitian lime pesto and pomegranate molasses was simply delicious. Being a parttime vegetarian I couldn’t eat the ham. I mentioned to this to one of the waiters and within a few minutes the ham was replaced with an ample stock of vegetables. Other guests had similar experiences: “…the service was absolutely excellent, especially as two men on my table have certain allergies, and the chef came up with a special dish for them, which was lovely.” A number of other guests mentioned that service was incredible, and couldn’t be improved on. Taki’s appearances at the tables and the friendly conversations he had with us were much appreciated. To finish off the evening, we were presented with one of Taki’s “favourite desert dishes”, Pinacolicious. This was an amazing concoction of lime, pineapple, rum, coconut and mint, served with Prosecco. One guest said that the coconut and pineapple was sticky, but that was really

interesting.” Another said: “…the pudding was absolutely incredible, we have never tasted anything like it.” The only serious criticism one member of MGFC made about the food was that “the heat of the food as it arrived on the tales could have been improved a bit.” The general manager of the Intercontinental, Mathieu van Alpen and his wife Susanne were amongst the guests. Mathieu commented: “We found the evening very nice and the outcome was excellent. With the food and wines selection, we certainly achieved what we wanted as the ratings were all in the 9’s and 10’s. As for the wines, we tried to show alternatives to the usual ones that also show of high quality. Hungarian wines have become well known in the world and have received recognition at all of the wines contest and exhibitions in the world, often compared to the world most know wine regions.” In short, MGFC members were impressed with what the Intercontinental has come up with. For those of us who remember the old Minsk hotel, this is akin to being on a different planet. Thanks for a fantastic evening. Suggestions put forward by MGFC members during the evening as to how to improve Moscow included: - Instigating a congestion charge for driving in the centre - Improve the bus service, ban parking on bus lanes - Introducing low emission cars - Zebra crossings to have push buttons - Dual English/Russian signs - Clarity as to where to pay parking fines - Parking payment machines that work! - More pedestrian areas - Stop closing Red Square - More children’s zones - More left turns! - Introduction of dedicated bicycle lanes - Better distribution of fruit and vegetables - Introduce temperature control of radiators - Stop spitting and discarding cigarette butts - Lower import duties for wine - Less face control - Introduce customer service recognition programmes


Moscow Good Food Club


o By Kim Wadd

Real Food Restaurant Aggregate MGFC food scores (out of 10): Food Quality: 9.3 Quality and suitability of the drinks: 9.2 Service Standards: 8.6 General rating of the meal: 9.0


ollowing a reliable tip that one of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most imaginative Chefs could be found working his magic in the aptly named Real Food Restaurant, valiant members of the Moscow Good Food Club (MGFC) made their way to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the World Trade Centre in their continued quest to seek out and find above average food and wine in Moscow. A beautiful table had been created next to the open plan kitchen and it was with great anticipation that the MGFC members took their places after an excellent aperitif consisting of Scallops with fresh tomato cream, parma with melon and balsamic pearls and amazing porto ruby strawberries accompanied by a bright and cheerful Prosecco Spumante Oro Brut from Casa Defra, Italy. Our hosts for the evening event Dmitry Motorin, the Director of F&B and Executive Chef Mikhail Kuznetsov who welcomed us and described the delicacies that awaited our pleasure in great detail. First course was Tender Duck Breast with Warm Goat Cheese, Pomelo, Pecans and Brandied Cherry, an amazing salad medley of a


Moscow Good Food Club

colourful salad with succulent duck, wonderful warm cheese and other surprises. This was accompanied by the excellent Marques de Riscal Verdejo Rueda DO 2013, Spain. Members were warming to the intricacies being prepared for them and were aghast with pleasure as the next course; the Kamchatka Crab Strudel was served. Succulent Kamchatka crab with mango wrapped in a light pastry adorned with a pea/mint sauce. The wine was particularly suitable a light yet complementing Albizzia IGT Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi 2012, Italy. By this stage the members were relaxing to the food themes and the third rule of the Moscow Good Food Club came into play: Good Company, as old friends and new members were united in their thoughts and comments of the food being served. For a brief pause and to refresh the palate a Raspberry & Black pepper sorbet was served. The flavours were strong and invigorating, however this was more of an ice cream and should have been more of a sorbet. However, this presented no problem as all glasses were virtually licked clean! For the main course, we had been offered a choice either Patagonian Sea Bass accompanied with Calvados Apple Puree and Sun-Cured Tomatoes, or, Roasted Veal Chop with Kaffir Leaves and Sesame Seeds, served with Tropical Salsa and Bourbon Sauce. Both dishes were superb; the fish light, tasty and perfectly cooked and the veal was appreciated for it’s depth of flavor and perfect presentation. The main courses were paired with Priara Pinot Grigio Friuli Grave DOC Pradio 2012, Italy and red, the

Donna Marzia Primitivo Salento IGT Conti Zecca 2011, Italy. The finale left us all in awe as we were presented with Baked Figs with Honey Gorgonzola and Portuguese Thyme. This was a truly spectacular dessert of conflicting flavours that just melted in the mouth. As is customary, a ‘Critique’ for the meal is presented by elected members and their ratings for the Real Food Restaurant were:To surmise, an excellent adventurous meal cooked to perfection under the guidance of Mikhail Kuznetsov, accompanied by superbly prepared wines. As always Members of the Moscow Good Food Club were asked to comment on a topical point. ‘The no smoking law will come into effect this summer. How do you think that this will affect the Restaurant/Bar business. Do you see negative as well as positive effects’. All expressed their pleasure at being able to go to bars/restaurants in the future and not have to send all clothing to be dry cleaned the next day! Many questioned how this would be enforced. We think that there will be an increase in the number of terraces, and this will probably provide smokers with an opportunity to continue their habit. So generally, most positive. Lets see how it will work! The Moscow Good Food Club consists of a group of people who enjoy the same principles of Good Food, Good Wine and Great Company. Meals are organised once a month with a restaurant providing an above average meal with appropriate wines for 3,000 roubles making it excellent value for money and most enjoyable. Contact if you would like to be added to the invitation list.




Ground Meat â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pizzaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; From The Russia House

INGREDIENTS: For the dough: 250 grm. plain flour 2 Green peppers diced 20 grm. Yeast 250 grm. Minced meat (of your choice) 1 Tsp. Salt 2 tbsp. Olive Oil

For the Topping: 4 Spring onions chopped 2 Red onions chopped 1 Bunch Parsley chopped 2 Large Tomatoes diced Salt and pepper /1 tsp. Hot ground Paprika

METHOD: Mix the flour, yeast and salt with 125ml of slightly warm water and mix until a dough. Leave the dough to rise for 30 minutes in a warm place. Add another of water and knead for 10 minutes (add a little flour if too wet). Leave to rise for another 30 minutes in a warm place. Mix all of the chopped vegetables together with the parsley and minced meat, add the oil and the seasonings. Knead the dough one more time and divide into 6 equal portions. Roll each piece of dough out to a thin circle and spread the topping over them. Bake in a very hot oven 220c for 15 minutes. Enjoy!


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3 Tverskaya The RitzCarlton Moscow M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: Japanese, $$$$ Multiple Locations M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: Russian, $

1001 night

31 kor.1, Bratislavskaya ul. M. Maryino Cuisine: European, Azerbaijan, $

11/1 Burger Bar

15/2, Lubyansky Proezd M. Kitay-gorod Cuisine: American, $$

Lipeckaya 7a M. Tsaritsyno Cuisine: European, Russian,Mixed, $$

2/1, Kamergersky Pereulok M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$ Building 2, 23 1st Shchipkovskii Per. M. Dobryninskaya Cuisine: Caucasian, European, Japanese, Seafood, $$


10/2 str.2b,Nikolskaya M. Lubyanka Cuisine: American, $

7, Kropotkinsky per. M. Park Kultury Cuisine: Author’s cuisine, Italian, Japanese, $$$

3 Rooms



84/32 kor.1, Profsoyuznaya St. M. Kaluzhskaya Cuisine: European, Italian, Japanese, $$

39 Vavilova St. M. Leninsky Prospekt Cuisine: Brazilian, Spanish, Cuban, Latin American, Mexican, Portuguese, $$$



3 Karetniy ryad M. Mayakovskaya Cuisine: European, $

7 sisters

18/1 Olimpiyskiy pr. (Hotel Renessans) M. Prospekt Mira Cuisine: European, $

A la fourchette

11/7, Sormovsky proezd M. Ryazansky Prospekt Cuisine: European, $$$

A&B Cafe

8, Tulskaya bol. M. Tulskaya Cuisine: European, $$$

A. F. Koni

9/1 Novaya Basmannaya St. M. Krasnye Vorota Cuisine: Russian, European, $$


8 km of RublyovoUspenskoye Shosse,Barvikha Luxury Village M. Molodyozhnaya Cuisine: French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, $$$$


3, Blagoveschensky Pereulok M. Mayakovskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$


10, 2nd Vladimirskaya St. M. Perovo Cuisine: African, Georgian, Mediterranean, $$


11/15 Volochaevskaya St. M. Rimskaya Cuisine: European, Georgian, $$ 6/5 Kostyakova St. M. Dmitrovskaya Cuisine: Jewish, European, $$

Ulitsa Neglinaya, 8/10 M. Lubyanka Cuisine: Spanish, $$

All-Time Bar

7/5 bld.2, Bolshaya Dmitrovka M. Teatralnaya Cuisine: European, $$$


Building 8, 52 Kosmodamianskaya Nab. M. Paveletskaya Cuisine: European, French, $$$

Aloha Bar

38 bld.1, Myasnitskaya M. Chistye Prudy Cuisine: European, $$


4, 1st Kazachii Per. M. Tretyakovskaya Cuisine: European, Seafood, Vegetarian, $$

Alter Ego

Profsoyuznaya St. 152/2 M. Tyoply Stan Cuisine: Caucasian, European, Russian, $$

13a Vavilova St. M. Leninsky Prospekt Cuisine: European, Italian, Japanese, $ 47 Leningradskiy prospekt M. Aeroport Cuisine: Mexican, American, $$ 2, Kievskiy vokzal square (Evropeyskiy) M. Kiyevskaya Cuisine: European, $

Amstel Bar

2, Dnepropetrovskaya ul (Yujniy) M. Yuzhnaya Cuisine: European, $

Amsterdam 4, Ilinka M. Kitay-gorod Cuisine: Dutch, European, $$$


Kutuzovsky Prospekt 12 M. Kutuzovskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$$


Olympic Ave, 16, M. Prospekt Mira Cuisine: European, Russian,Mixed, $$$


60-letiya Oktyabrya Prospekt 3 M. Leninsky Prospekt Cuisine: Mediterranean, Japanese, European, Italian, $$$

Anna Mons

3 Krasnokazarmennaya St. M. Baumanskaya Cuisine: European, Russian, Fish, $$


17 Uralskiy St. M. Shcholkovskaya Cuisine: European, Azerbaijan, East, $

Ananas (Pineapple) 11 Generala Beloborodova St. M. Tushinskaya Cuisine: Jewish, $$

Annyushka Traktir Chistoprudny Bulvar M. Chistye Prudy Cuisine: Russian, $$$



74 bld.8, Leningradsky Prospect M. Sokol Cuisine: European, Confectionery, $$

24 Rusakovskaya St.(Holiday Inn Moscow Sokolniki ,25 floor) M. Sokolniki Cuisine: European, Russian, $$$


1a Nijegorodskaya St. M. Rimskaya Cuisine: European, Italian, $

Alye Parusa


4/2 Stroileley Ul. M. Universitet Cuisine: European, Italian, Japanese, $$


“Classy & relaxed café and restaurant. Excellent cuisine and extensive wine list”

24 Frunzenskaya Nab. (Embankment) M. Park Kultury Cuisine: European, Japanese, Seafood, $$$

66 Aviatsionnaya St. M. Shchukinskaya Cuisine: European, $$ 6 Pokrovka St. M. Kitay-gorod Cuisine: European, Italian, $$


American Bar and Grill


14, Kirovogradskaya M. Yuzhnaya Cuisine: American, $$

10 N.Maslovka M. Savyolovskaya Cuisine: European, Italian, Japanese, $


American Bar and Grill


8/1, Malaya Bronnaya M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: European, Italian, Russian, $$$ 1 Donskaya St. M. Oktyabrskaya Cuisine: European, Japanese, $$

2 bld.1, 1st TverskayaYamskaya M. Mayakovskaya Cuisine: American, $$

53/6 Ostojenka M. Park Kultury Cuisine: Italian, $$


29/1, Proezd Dezhneva M. Otradnoye Cuisine: Turkish, $$


Leninsky Pr 38 M. Leninsky Prospekt Cuisine: Japanese, $$$

Moscow’s Bars, Clubs, Cafés and Restaurants AROMASS INDIAN RESTAURANT Krizhizanovskovo 20/30 M. Profsoyuznaya Cuisine: Indian, $ +7 499 125 6276 “The most authentic and best Indian food in Moscow. Delivery service also available”


12/6 Savvinskiy Bol. per M. Kiyevskaya Cuisine: European, Italian, $$$

Apple Bar & Restaurant

11 Malaya Dmitrovka (Hotel Golden Apple) M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: European, Russian, Japanese, $$$


2 Frolov Per. M. Chistye Prudy Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, European, $$$


36 Krasnaya Presnya St. M. Barrikadnaya Cuisine: European, $

Ararat Park Hyatt

4 Neglinnaya ul., Ararat Park Khayat Moskva Hotel, 10th floor M. Teatralnaya Cuisine: Caucasian, European, $$$


12 Plotnikov Per. M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: Beer Restaurants, European, Russian, $$


19 Melnikova St. M. Volgogradsky Prospekt Cuisine: Caucasian, European, Georgian, Russian, $$

Argument cafe

41, Kutuzovsky Prospekt M. Kutuzovskaya Cuisine: European, Russian, $$


6 bld.2, Lokomotivny Proezd M. PetrovskoRazumovskaya Cuisine: Armenian, Georgian, Caucasian, Mexican, European, $$


20 M. Nikitskaya St. M. Barrikadnaya Cuisine: European, Russian, Seafood, Vegetarian, $$$

Arshin Mal Alan

152/2 bld.2, Profsoyuznaya M. Tyoply Stan Cuisine: Azeri, Fusion, $$

Art-Cafe Etre

2/14, Lopukhinsky Pereulok M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: European, $


11 Konstantina Fedina St. M. Shcholkovskaya Cuisine: European, Italian, Japanese, $

Artist Gallery

19, Prechistenka Street M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: French, Fusion, Italian, Japanese, $$$


Baan Thai

Baron Munchausen


Baba Marta

Barracuda Tavern

10 Krylatskaya St. M. Molodyozhnaya Cuisine: European, Japanese, Russian, $$ 57, Trifonovskaya street M. Prospekt Mira Cuisine: European, Russian, $

At Pirosmani’s


Bakinskiy Dvorik

2/1 Kutuzovskii Prospekt M. Kiyevskaya Cuisine: European, Russian, $$


Balaclava Avenue, 7 M. Chertanovskaya Cuisine: European, Italian, Japanese, $$$


12 Startovaya St. M. Medvedkovo Cuisine: European, mixed, $$$

Aurora - Restaurant Cruiser 1st Rank

Art’s Palace

Aurora Yacht Club


4 Narodnaya St. M. Taganskaya Cuisine: Cuban, Spanish, $$$


118 Prospekt Mira M. Alexeyevskaya Cuisine: Japanese, $$


Krasnogorsk district, 65/66-y km Ring Road, TVK M. Strogino Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, Seafood, $$$$

Assambleya (President-hotel)

24 Bolshaya Yakimanka St. M. Oktyabrskaya Cuisine: Oriental, Italian, French, $$$$


25/1 Bolshaya Filevskaya Street M. Bagrationovskaya Cuisine: Azeri, European, Russian, $


1/7 Spartakovskaya pl. M. Baumanskaya Cuisine: Caucasian, European, Georgian, $$$

11 bld.34, Timura Frunze M. Park Kultury Cuisine: European, $ 3, bld.4 Uspensky Pereulok M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: Armenian, Azeri, European, Fusion, Georgian, Russian, Seafood, $$$

8 Gogolevskiy bulvar M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: Bulgarian, $$

4, Novodevichiy proezd M. Sportivnaya Cuisine: Georgian, $$$

10 Krasnopresnenskaya Nab. M. Ulitsa 1905 Goda Cuisine: Mediterranean, European, Russian, $$$


11, Bolshaya Dorogomilovskaya M. Kiyevskaya Cuisine: Thai, $$

Moskovksaya oblast, 6th KM from MKAD on Dmitrovskii Shosse M. Rechnoi Vokzal Cuisine: European, Mediterranean, Seafood, $$$


12/2 Chistoprudny boulevard M. Turgenevskaya Cuisine: Vegetarian, European, Indian, Mexican, Japanese, $$


Korpus 1, 28 Narodnogo Opolcheniya St. M. Oktyabrskaya Cuisine: European, $


7 Litovskii Bulvar M. Yasenevo Cuisine: European, Italian, Russian, $$$


69 Vavilova St. M. Profsoyuznaya Cuisine: Seafood, $$


8/1 Bolshaya Sadovaya M. Mayakovskaya Cuisine: European, Japanese, Russian, Seafood, $$$

6 Stomynka St. M. Sokolniki Cuisine: Caucasian, Seafood, $$$$


8 Novinskiy bulvar Lotte plaza M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: European, Italian, Japaneese, $$$$


13/9 B. Ordynka M. Tretyakovskaya Cuisine: Italian, European, $$


1 Balchug, Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow M. Novokuznetskaya Cuisine: European, Russian, $$$

Bamboo Bar

Presnenskaya Naberezhnaya 8 M. Vystavochnaya Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Chineese, $$$$


1/15 Kotelnicheskaya Embankment M. Kitay-gorod Cuisine: European, $$

Bar 1920

10/2, Nikolskaya M. Lubyanka Cuisine: European, Russian, $$


20/1, Petrovka M. Trubnaya Cuisine: Azerbaijani, $$$


5, Bolshoy Putinkovsky pereulok M. Tverskaya Cuisine: European, Indian, Spanish, Thai, $


8a str.1 Nikitskiy bul. M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$

Barista Bar

47 bld.2, Leningradskiy Prospect M. Aeroport Cuisine: Italian, $$

11 Mikluho-Maklay M. Yugo-Zapadnaya Cuisine: European, Georgian, $$$ 24/27 SadovayaKudrinskaya M. Barrikadnaya Cuisine: European, Seafood, $$

Barry White

1/2 Glubokiy per. M. Krasnopresnenskaya Cuisine: European, $$


21/10, Komsomolskiy Prospekt M. Frunzenskaya Cuisine: German Beer Restaurants, $$$


13 Skatertniy per. M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$


Ulitsa Lyublinskaya 171 M. Maryino Cuisine: European, $$

Bed Cafe

6 Presnenskay Val. bldg.2 M. Ulitsa 1905 Goda Cuisine: European, Japaneese, $$$


57 Leninsky prospect M. Oktyabrskaya Cuisine: East, $

Beef Bar

13 Prechistinskaya Naberezhnaya, bld. 1 M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: European, $$$

Beef Reef

20, Malaya Dmitrovka M. Mayakovskaya Cuisine: Steakhouse, $$$


26, Tsvetnoi Boulevard M. Tsvetnoy Bulvar Cuisine: American, $

Beer & Loga

23 Autumn Avenue (Osenniy bulvar) Bisness Center M. Krylatskoye Cuisine: Beer Restaurants, European, German, Japaneese, $$

Beer House

2/12 Kozitsky Maly pereulok M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: Austrian, German, $$

Belaya Rus

14 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ul. M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: Belarussian, $$

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Moscow’s Bars, Clubs, Cafés and Restaurants Bellagio

8 Mosfilmovskaya M. Kiyevskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$$

Belochka Bar

1/2, Lesnaya M. Belorusskaya Cuisine: Europeane, Russian, $$

Beloe solnce pustyni 29, Neglinnaya M. Trubnaya Cuisine: Azerbaijiani, Chinese, Uzbek, $$$

Beloye Solntse Pustyni

29 Neglinnaya Ul. M. Tsvetnoy Bulvar Cuisine: Arabic, Uzbek, Chineese, $$$


11 bld.6, Volxonka M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: Georgian, European, $$$

Beverly Hills Diner 1, Sretenka M. Turgenevskaya Cuisine: American, $$

Beverly Hills Diner 10, Nikolskaya M. Lubyanka Cuisine: American, $$

Beverly Hills Diner

White Gardens Business Centre, Lesnaya 9 M. Belorusskaya Cuisine: American, $$

Big Buffalo Bar & Grill Sushchevskaya St., 19/7 M. Mendeleyevskaya Cuisine: American, $$

Bobby Dazzler

7/13 Kostiansky pereulok M. Turgenevskaya Cuisine: Beer Restaurants, European, $$

Bobry & Utki

1A, Chistoprudnii Bulvar M. Chistye Prudy Cuisine: European, Italian, Thai, $


7, Strastnoi Bulvar M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: Italian, Tuscany, $$$


2, 1905 Goda M. Ulitsa 1905 Goda Cuisine: Beer Restaurants, European, $$$


3/6 bld.2, Petrovka M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: French, Russian, $$$$


4/4 bld.1, Yakimanskaya Nabereznaya M. Polyanka Cuisine: International, $$$

Bontempi bar

8A bld.1, Nikitsky Boulevard M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$

Bontempi Restaurant 12 bld.1, Bersenevskaya Nabereznaya M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$

BLACK MARKET Usacheva 2, Bldg 1 M. Frunzenskaya Cuisine: International, $$ “An inventive and ever changing menu offering International specialities and friendly service”

Bosco Café



8, 1st Frunzenskaya M. Frunzenskaya Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, $$$

3, Red Square M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: Italian, $$$ 47/23 Stary Arbat St. (Old Arbat St.) M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: Turkish, $$

Boston Seafood & Bar 7 Lesnaya Ul M. Belorusskaya Cuisine: Fish, $$

2 Pyatnitskiy per. M. Novokuznetskaya Cuisine: European, Thai, Asian, $

10, Akademika Sakharova Prospect M. Turgenevskaya Cuisine: European, Asian, $$


12 Preobrajenskaya sq. M. Preobrazhenskaya Ploshchad Cuisine: European, $


6/1 str.1, Sretenskiy bul. M. Turgenevskaya Cuisine: Italian, Corean, Russian, $$

Booze Pub

Potapovsky Per 5 M. Chistye Prudy Cuisine: International, $$

Bora Bora cafe

14/3 Orehoviy bul. M. Domodedovskaya Cuisine: Italian, Japanese, $

Bora-Bora Grill

1 Semyonovskaya square M. Semyonovskaya Cuisine: Italian, European, $$

Bosco Bar

19, Novy Arbat St. M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: European, $

25 Nikolskaya, shopping center “Nautilus,” 6th floor M. Lubyanka Cuisine: European, French, $$$

Cafe Manon

37, Leninskyi bulvar M. Leninsky Prospekt Cuisine: Seafood, $$$

Bread and wine

Cafe Margarita


Cafe Pushkin


27, Bolshaya Polyanka M. Polyanka Cuisine: Italian , Russian, $$ 3,19 Starovagankovsky Bystreet M. Alexandrovsky Sad Cuisine: Uzbek, $$$

Briz (ship Alexander Blok) 12a Krasnopresnenskaya Nab. (Embankment) M. Ulitsa 1905 Goda Cuisine: European, Seafood, $$$


10/12 Timiryazevskaya M. Dmitrovskaya Cuisine: Belgian, $$$


24, Tverskoi Boulevard M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: European, Italian, Ñonfectionery, $

Bungalow Bar

6/1 Zemlyanoi Val M. Kurskaya Cuisine: African, $$$

28, Malaya Bronnaya M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: Russian, $$ 26a, Tverskoi Bulvar M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: Russian, $$$$

Cafe Swiss

25/6 Kosmodamianskaya nab. M. Paveletskaya Cuisine: Rusian, Swiss, $


23 Leninsky Pr. M. Leninsky Prospekt Cuisine: European, $$$$

Cantinetta Antinori 20, Denezhny Pereulok M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: Italian, tuscan, $$$$

Cappuccino Express

Cafe Gotty

24 Tverskaya St. M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: European, $$$

MKAD 65 km (Crocus City Moll) M. Myakinino Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, $$$$

Casta Diva

26, Tverskoi Bulvar M. Tverskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$$

Castle Grill Bar

4 Komsomolskiy Pr. M. Park Kultury Cuisine: European, Russian, $$

CDL Club & Restaurant

50, Povarskaya M. Barrikadnaya Cuisine: Russian, Italian, $$$$

Central Park Cafe

14a Prospect Vernadskogo M. Prospekt Vernadskogo Cuisine: American, Italian, $$


7, Marksistskaya M. Marksistskaya Cuisine: French, Georgian, International, Italian, Mediterranean, $$$$

Chaikhona ¹1


36/1 Bol. Novodmitrovskaya St. M. Dmitrovskaya Cuisine: European, $

Casa Mia


Cafe Bellissima

Cafe Brocard

7/18 Metallurgov St. M. Perovo Cuisine: Italian, $$

Chaikhana Kishmish

22â Tverskaya M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: European, $$ 23 Olhovskaya St. (Hotel Mandarin Moscow) M. Baumanskaya Cuisine: European, Italian, $$$

Casa di Famiglia

26 Bolshaya Polyanka St. M. Polyanka Cuisine: Italian, $$ 7 Academika Sakharova M. Sukharevskaya Cuisine: European, Mediterranean, $$$$

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Cafe Loft

2, 1905 Goda M. Ulitsa 1905 Goda Cuisine: European, Asian, $$$

Cafe Blackberry cafe

“Charming, bright terrace restaurant. High quality Italian cuisine, extensive wine-list and professional service”

18, Lva Tolstogo M. Park Kultury Cuisine: French, $$$

Caribe cafe club

18/18 Pokrovka St. M. Chistye Prudy Cuisine: Mexican, Brazilian, European, Italian, Cuban, Latin American, $$

Casa Agave

Bolshoy Cherkasskiy Per.17 M. Lubyanka Cuisine: Mexican , $$

Casa Bella

29 Pr. Vernadskogo St. M. Prospekt Vernadskogo Cuisine: Italian, $$$

Multiple Cuisine: Uzbek, East, $ 4 Lodochnaya St. M. Tushinskaya Cuisine: European, Japanese, Mediterranean, $$


7á Elektrolitny proezd M. Nagornaya Cuisine: European, French, Italian, Swiss, $$

Chateau de Fleurs

29 bld.3, Lomonosovsky Prospekt M. Universitet Cuisine: European, $$$$


10/2, Nikolskaya M. Lubyanka Cuisine: Latin American, $$

Moscow’s Bars, Clubs, Cafés and Restaurants CHEKHONTE

Dacha na Pokrovke Moscow Good Food

22, Tverskaya M. Tverskaya Cuisine: European, Russian, $$$$


“Casual but elegant restaurant offering an entertaining gastronomic experience”


Intercontinental Hotel M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: Fusion, $$$


Gogol Boulevard, Bldg 25, M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: Russian, $$$


7, Kuznetsky Most M. Kuznetsky Most Cuisine: European, $$


Building 1, 19 Novy Arbat St. M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: American, European, $$$

China Club

21, Krasina M. Mayakovskaya Cuisine: Author, Pan-Asian, $$$

China Town

25/12 Lubyanka Proezd M. Kitay-gorod Cuisine: Chinese, Seafood, Vegetarian, $$$

Chito Grito

11 Trubnikovsky pereulok M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: Geogian, $$


32 Bolshaya Gruzinskaya Ul., M. Barrikadnaya Cuisine: American, $$


32, Bolshaya Gruzniskaya M. Barrikadnaya Cuisine: Italian, $$


78 Mira Prospect M. Rizhskaya Cuisine: Italian, $

Cosmos Planet

The Cosmos Hotel, 150 Prospekt Mira M. VDNKh Cuisine: European, Russian, $$$


7, Kuznetsky Most M. Kuznetsky Most Cuisine: Panasian, French, $$$$


Malaya Sukharevskaya Sq. Bldg.8 M. Sukharevskaya Cuisine: European, $$$

18/4 bld.16, Pokrovsky Bulevard M. Kurskaya Cuisine: European, $$$


38 Leninsky Pr. 16 Fl Hotel Sputnik M. Leninsky Prospekt Cuisine: Indian, $$$

Darling, I’ll call you back ..

7, Bolshoy Strochenovsky M. Serpukhovskaya Cuisine: European, Russian, $$$

Das Kapital

Building 1, 6/9/20 Rozhdestvenka St. M. Kuznetsky Most Cuisine: European, German, $$

De Marco

Multiple Cuisine: European, International, Seafood, $$$

Ded Pihto

37/3 Myasnitskaya ulica M. Chistye Prudy Cuisine: European, Russian, $$$$


30/2 str.1, Bol.Lubyanka M. Trubnaya Cuisine: American, European, Indian, $$$

Denis Simachev

12 Stoleshnikov Per. Bldg.2 M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: European, Mediterranean, $$$

Dim Sum

CHICAGO PRIME: STEAKHOUSE & BAR Strastnoy Blvd. 8a M. Tverskaya Cuisine: American, $$ Moscow’s most popular steakhouse & bar. Top steaks, efficient service and large wine list

3, Smolenskaya Square M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: Chinese, $$$


2, Merzlyakovsky Pereulok M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: Georgian, $


25 Nikolskaya str, Nautilus Shopping Center, 5th floor M. Lubyanka Cuisine: European, $$$

Divas Chocolate

Multiple locations Cuisine: European, $$


2g Minskaya M. Park Pobedy Cuisine: Georgian, $$$


7 Soimonovskiy prospekt, building 1 M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: European, $$$$

City Club International

23a Taras Shevchenko Embankment M. Vystavochnaya Cuisine: International, $$

6/3 bld.3, Kuznetskiy Most M. Kuznetsky Most Cuisine: Coctails, $$

10 Strastnoy Boulevard, Building 2 M. Chekhovskaya Cuisine: European, French, Russian, International, $$

Crab House


Coyote Ugly

6 Tverskaya Ul. M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, Seafood, $$$

Crazy Hunter

8 Dovatora St. M. Sportivnaya Cuisine: European, Russian, $$$

Da Cicco

13/12 Profsoyuznaya M. Profsoyuznaya Cuisine: Italian, $$

= Menu in English

Don Macaron

53, Lusinovskaya M. Serpukhovskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$

Don Pedro


5 Oktyabrskaya St. M. Novoslobodskaya Cuisine: European, French, $$

9 Spiridonievsky lane M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: European, Mediterranean, $$$$

El Gauchito

Don’t Tell Mama


Donna Klara

Emporio Armani Caffe

5, Putnikovskiy bol. per M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: European, $$$ 21/13, Malaya Bronnaya M. Tverskaya Cuisine: European, $$$

Donna Margarita 2 bld.1, 1905 Goda M. Ulitsa 1905 Goda Cuisine: Home, Italian, $$$

Doolin house

20 Arbat St. M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: European, $

Dorian Gray

6/1 Kadashevskaya nab. M. Kitay-gorod Cuisine: European, Italian, $$

Doucet X.O.

31 Novinsky boulevard, Trading Center ’Novinsky’ M. Barrikadnaya Cuisine: European, French, $$

Drevny Kitai

5/6 bld.4, Kamergersky Pereulok M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: Chinese, $$


4, Novoslobodskaya M. Novoslobodskaya Cuisine: Chinese, $$$

Due Soldo

33/4 Narodnogo opolcheniya M. Oktyabrskoye Pole Cuisine: European, Italian, $

Dukhan Alaverdy

23-25/2 Gruzinsky Val. M. Belorusskaya Cuisine: Georgian, $$


11 bld 3b, Mokhovaya M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: European, $$

48, Kutuzovskiy pr. M. Slavyansky Bulvar, $$$ Multiple Cuisine: Russian, $

3, Red Square M. Ploshchad Revolyutsii Cuisine: European, Italian, $$

Esperanto Lounge Bar

41a Vyatskaya ul. M. Dmitrovskaya Cuisine: European, $


Multiple locations M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: European, Japaese, $$


31 Marshala Rokossovskogo bulvar M. Ulitsa Podbelskogo Cuisine: European, Russian, Medeterian, Italian, French, Japanese, $


15, Kosygina (Korston hotel) M. Vorobyovy Gory Cuisine: European, Italian, $$

Ex Libris

6 str.1 Bobrov per. M. Turgenevskaya Cuisine: European, $$

Extra Lounge

15, Kosygina M. Vorobyovy Gory Cuisine: European, $$$


2/1 Kutuzovskiy prospect M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: Iranian, $$$

Favorite Pub

24, Spiridonovka M. Barrikadnaya Cuisine: American, $$$

Filini Bar & Restaurant

26, 3 ulica Yamskogo polya M. Belorusskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$

23b Krasnaya Presnya, Building 1 M. Krasnopresnenskaya Cuisine: European, Japanese, Seafood, $$$$


Dom Karlo

11, Kuznetsky Most M. Kuznetsky Most Cuisine: Indian, $$

3/18, Sivtsev Vrazhek Pereulok M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: Chinese, Indian, Thai, $$

Eat & Talk

Flat Iron Roadhouse

6 Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya M. Barrikadnaya Cuisine: Russian, $$$$

Don Ivan

10 Yaroslavskoe shosse M. VDNKh Cuisine: European, Russian, Italian, $$

Multiple Cuisine: Beer Restaurants, Russian, $$


7 Mohovaya St. M. Borovitskaya Cuisine: European, $

Five Spices

7 Voznesensky Per. Hotel Courtyard M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: European, $$


Moscow’s Bars, Clubs, Cafés and Restaurants Flei

8 bld.2, Lyalin Pereulok M. Kitay-gorod Cuisine: Farm products, Home, $$


3 Kozitsky per. M. Tverskaya Cuisine: Chinese, Indian, $$


2 str.90 Ugreshskaya St. M. Dubrovka Cuisine: European, Russian, $$$$

Free Bar

21-23 bld.1, Pokrovka M. Chistye Prudy Cuisine: European, Tex-mex, $$$

Free Bar People

26/1 Trubnaya St. M. Trubnaya Cuisine: European, $

French Cafe

3 Smolenskaya Pl. M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: European, French, Japanese, $$$

French cheese hole

15-17 Bolshoi Cherkasskii Per. M. Lubyanka Cuisine: French, $$$


28/6 bld.3, Pokrovka M. Chistye Prudy Cuisine: American, $

Friends Forever 18, Kozijinsky per. M. Tverskaya Cuisine: American, Italian, $$

Fusion Plaza

12, Krasnopresnenskaya nab. M. Vystavochnaya Cuisine: European, Italian, Indian, $$$

G Graf

8, 4th Dobryninsky Pereulok M. Dobryninskaya Cuisine: Italian, European, $$$$


27 Petrovka M. Chekhovskaya Cuisine: European, Seafood, $$$


27, Petrovka M. Chekhovskaya Cuisine: Author’s, Asian, European, Italian, Russian, French, Japanese, $$$


15 bldg.7, Rochdelskaya M. Ulitsa 1905 Goda Cuisine: Pakistani, $$$


1/4 bld.2, Smolensky Pereulok M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: Armenian, $$



11 bld.2, Novy Arbat M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: Georgian, $$$


12/1, Ostozhenka M. Park Kultury Cuisine: Georgian, $$

Giardino di pino

30/1 str.1 Obrucheva St. M. Kaluzhskaya Cuisine: Italian, $

Gin-no Taki

6 Tverskaya St. M. Mayakovskaya Cuisine: Japanese, $$

Ginkgo by Seiji

3 Tverskaya, The Ritz-Carlton M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, $$$$

Giovedi Cafe

26, Ozerkovskaya Nabereznaya M. Paveletskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$


5/1, Teatralnaya Square M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: Russian, $$$


6 Gagarinsky Per. M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: European, Russian, $$


bld. 4, 15 Staraya Basmannaya M. Krasnye Vorota Cuisine: Russian, $$

Good Beef

15-17 bld1, Bolshoi Cherkassky Pereulok M. Lubyanka Cuisine: Steaks, $$

Goodman Steak House


IL Camino

John Bull Pub


Il Capriccio


10 Bolshoy Gnezdnikovskiy Per. M. Tverskaya Cuisine: European, Russian, $ 7 Ukrainskiy Bul. M. Kiyevskaya Cuisine: Georgian, $$$

Hamon and Wine 4, Sytinsky Pereulok M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: Spanish, $$

IL Forno



4 Bld.4, Bolshoi Kozlovsky Pereulok M. Krasnye Vorota Cuisine: European, Swiss, $$$

3, Kamergersky pereulok M. Teatralnaya Cuisine: Confectionery, $$

2a Aleksandra Soljenicina St. M. Taganskaya Cuisine: Russian, $$$$


2/1 Shluzovaya Nab., bld. 7 M. Paveletskaya Cuisine: Georgian, $$$

8/10 Neglinnaya ul. M. Kuznetsky Most Cuisine: Italian, $$

IL Kamino

Hard Rock Cafe

27 bld1, TverskayaYamskaya M. Belorusskaya Cuisine: European, Tex-mex, $$ bld. 32, 31 Dolgorukovskaya M. Novoslobodskaya Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, Thai, $$


39, Bolshaya Yakimanka M. Oktyabrskaya Cuisine: French, $$$


Golovinskoe shosse 1a M. Vodny Stadion Cuisine: European, $$

27 Krasina St. M. Mayakovskaya Cuisine: Georgian, European, $ Moscow Good Food


True Italian cuisine from Executive Chef Giuseppe Todisco

Il Patio

Multiple Cuisine: Italian, $$


20/2 Pyatnickaya ul. M. Novokuznetskaya Cuisine: Georgian, $


119 Mira prospect, pav.67 VVC M. Botanichesky Sad Cuisine: Georgian, $

HUDSON BAR 10, Butirsky Val M. Belorusskaya Cuisine: American, European, $$ Lively bar with good food, superb cocktails, great atmosphere & excellent service

Huntsman’s House and Safari Lodge


32 Pokrovka M. Kurskaya Cuisine: German, $$$

24, Novy Arbat M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: Uzbek, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, $

I Like Bar


21, Shukhova St. M. Shabolovskaya Cuisine: European, $$$

7/5, Pushechnaya M. Kuznetsky Most Cuisine: Italian, $$

Ichiban Boshi

23 A Tarasa Shevhenko Emb., Bashnya M. Kiyevskaya Cuisine: Mediterranean, $$$

Multiple locations Cuisine: Japanese, Seafood, $$


13, Samotechnaya Ul, m. Trubnaya, Cuisine Italian, English menu price $$$

Help Bar


41/1 Marshala Jukova pr. M. Polezhayevskaya Cuisine: Mediterranean, Italian, European, $$$


44, Arbat M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: American, $$

Grand Cru



5, Bolshoi Putinkovsky Pereulok M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: European, Italian, Ñonfectionery, $$


5, Balchug M. Novokuznetskaya Cuisine: Asian, european, russian trend, $$$

52/5, Kosmodamianskaya Nabereznaya M. Paveletskaya Cuisine: Pub Food, $$

IL Forno

81, Vavilova Street M. Universitet Cuisine: International, $$$ 15, Smolenskiy Boulevard M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: Author’s, Home, draw-heavy oven, $$$

GQ Bar

Greenwich Pub

Building 4, 92 Lobachevskogo St. M. Prospekt Vernadskogo Cuisine: Italian, $$$

2/9 Smolenskaya Ploshchad M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: International, $$

3/14 Ostojenka ul. M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$

Multiple locations M. Leninsky Prospekt Cuisine: Steakhouse, $$$

8 bld.1, Presnenskaya Nabereznaya M. Tverskaya Cuisine: Seafood, $$$

4B bld.4, Kozlovskiy Pereulok M. Krasnye Vorota Cuisine: European, Italian, French, $$$



Building 4, 15 Malaya Kaluzskaya M. Oktyabrskaya Cuisine: European, Italian, $$

Kalina Cafe

17 Prechistenskaya Nab. M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Russian, $$


7, Kuznetsky Most M. Kuznetsky Most Cuisine: European, Russian, $


7 Saharova Pr. M. Chistye Prudy Cuisine: European, Italian, $$$

Karaoke Boom

46 Novoslobodskaya M. Mendeleyevskaya Cuisine: Italian, Japanese, Russian, $$$


42 str.1 Dmitriya Ulyanova St. M. Akademicheskaya Cuisine: European, Caucasian, $$

Karetny Dvor

52/1, Povarskaya M. Barrikadnaya Cuisine: Azeri, Caucasian, Georgian, $

Karma Bar

3 Pushechnaya St. M. Kuznetsky Most Cuisine: Japanese, $$$

Moscow’s Bars, Clubs, Cafés and Restaurants KATIE O SHEA’S Groholsky Per 25, Bldg 5 M. Prospekt Mira Cuisine: Irish, $$ Genuine Irish pub with great beer, food and atmosphere

Kuznetsky Most 20 20, Kuznetsky Most M. Kuznetsky Most Cuisine: European, $


20 SadovayaChernogryazskaya St. M. Kurskaya Cuisine: Russian, $$

La Bottega


Building 5, 3 Turchaninov Per. M. Park Kultury Cuisine: Arabic, European, French, International, Japanese, Seafood, $$

Kavkazskaya Plennitsa

36, Prospect Mira M. Prospekt Mira Cuisine: Georgian, $$$

Kebab City

5 Kamergersky Pereulok M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: Azeri, European, Japanese, $$

Ketama Bar

5/6 str.5 Bolshaya Dmitrovka M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: European, Moroccan, $$


14, Shmitovsky Pereulok M. Ulitsa 1905 Goda Cuisine: European, Indian, $


15, Neglinnaya M. Kuznetsky Most Cuisine: Georgian, $$



Kamergersky Per.6 M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: Brasserie, $$


23/10 Petrovka St. M. Chekhovskaya Cuisine: Russian, $


2a 1905 Goda Ul., Bldg. 2 M. Ulitsa 1905 Goda Cuisine: International, $$$

Knyaz Bagration 58 Pluscgikha M. Park Kultury Cuisine: European, Georgian, $$$

Kogo Fragola

12a Suzdalskaya St. M. Novogireyevo Cuisine: European, Japanese, $


5B, Lesnaya M. Belorusskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$

La Bottega Siciliana 2, Okhotny Ryad M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: Italian, $$

La Cantina

5/6, Tverskaya M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: Mexican, American, $$

La Delizia

56a Sevastopolskiy prospect M. Belyayevo Cuisine: European, Italian, Caucasian, $$$

La Gourmet

1/3 Bolshaya Polyanka St. M. Tretyakovskaya Cuisine: Caucasian, $$$

La Luna


62 Volokolamskoe shosse M. Sokol Cuisine: Russian, $$

Konigs Platz

12a Kravchenko ul. M. Prospekt Vernadskogo Cuisine: European, Spanish, $$

La Maree

Malaya Gruzinskaya ul., 23 M. Ulitsa 1905 Goda Cuisine: Mediterranean, $$$

La Stazione

18/1 Olympiysky Prospekt M. Prospekt Mira Cuisine: Italian, $$

36a Berejkovskaya nab. M. Kiyevskaya Cuisine: European, Eastern, $$





Kitaisky Kvartal


Presnenskaya Nab., 2, Afimall City , 5th floor Metro Vystavochnaya, M. Vystavochnaya Cuisine: Brasserie, $$

Les Menus Par Pierre Gagnaire


8/2 Novinskiy bulvar M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: French, $$$$

Letto Club

33 str.1 Povarskaya St. M. Barrikadnaya Cuisine: Italian, Japanese, $

Life Pub

20 Fr. Engelsa M. Baumanskaya Cuisine: European, $$

Liga Pap

24, Bolshaya Lubyanskaya M. Sretensky Bulvar Cuisine: European, Italian, Spanish, $$





21/40 Kalanchevskaya St. M. Krasnye Vorota Cuisine: European, Russian, $$

La Mancha

1/1 Leningradsky Pr. M. Belorusskaya Cuisine: Georgian, $$

17 bld.1, Pokrovka M. Lubyanka Cuisine: Georgian, $$

25, Lubyansky Proezd M. Kitay-gorod Cuisine: European, Asian, Russian, $$$


7 Kievskaya St. M. Kiyevskaya Cuisine: European, $$


Khorosho Sidim

Kitaisky Letchik Jao Da

Louisiana Steak House

Light House

1a str.2 Kozitskiy per. M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: European, Russian, German, $$

12 bldg.1, Prospect Mira M. Prospekt Mira Cuisine: Chinese, $$$


69 Sadovnichevskaya nab. M. Novokuznetskaya Cuisine: European, International, Japanese, $$

Build.1, 9 3rd Frunzenskaya St. M. Frunzenskaya Cuisine: French, Fusion, Russian, $$

28, Novy Arbat M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: Uzbek, $$

Los Bandidos

2 bld.1, Paveletskaya Square M. Paveletskaya Cuisine: European, French, $

Multiple M. Oktyabrskoye Pole Cuisine: Russian, $$


55 bld 1, Mitinskaya M. Mitino Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, $$

Le Gateau

4, Prechistenka M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: Russian, $$$$ 15 Nikolskaya ulitsa M. Ploshchad Revolyutsii Cuisine: Beer Bar, $$


Build.1, 47 Piatnitskaia M. Novokuznetskaya Cuisine: French, Fusion, $$


5 Yauzskaya emb. M. Kitay-gorod Cuisine: European, Spanish, $$$$

= Menu in English

1/15, Yauzskaya M. Kitay-gorod Cuisine: vegetarian, $$$ 7 Tsvetnoi Bul. M. Tsvetnoy Bulvar Cuisine: Armenian, $$$

Lawson’s Bar

14/6, Bolshaya Sadovaya M. Mayakovskaya Cuisine: European, $$


4 Nogorniy bul. M. Nagornaya Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, $

Le Gateau

23, Tverskaya M. Tverskaya Cuisine: European, French, $$

7 kor.1 Michurinskiy pr. M. Universitet Cuisine: Italian, $$$ 2 Ohotniy Ryad St. (Moscow Hotel) M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: European, $


Sireneviy bulvar 25a M. Shcholkovskaya Cuisine: Caucasian,European, Russian , $$


4 Komsomolskii Prospekt M. Park Kultury Cuisine: European, Italian, $$$


7 Bolshaya Ordynka St. M. Tretyakovskaya Cuisine: Seafood, Spanish, Vegetarian, $$$$

30 Pyatnitskaya, bldg.4 M. Tretyakovskaya Cuisine: American, $$ 21, 1-ya TverskayaYamskaya M. Mayakovskaya Cuisine: European, Russian, Japanese, $$ 27 bld.1, Bolshaya Pirogovskaya M. Sportivnaya Cuisine: Coctails, $$


3, Smolenskaya Square M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: Italian, Author’s, $$

Ludi kak ludi

1/4, Solyansky Tupic M. Kitay-gorod Cuisine: European, Confectionary, $


3/1 Marshala Vasilevskogo St. M. Shchukinskaya Cuisine: Czech, European, German, Russian, $$


Delegatskaya Str., 7 M. Novoslobodskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$$

L’Altro Bosco Café 10 Petrovka St. M. Teatralnaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$


62 Bolshaya Gruzinskaya Ul. M. Belorusskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$

Madam Galife

26/1, Prospect Mira M. Prospekt Mira Cuisine: Georgian, European, $$

Korpus 1, 7 Lomonosovskii Prospekt M. Universitet Cuisine: European, German, Vegetarian, $$

Maestro de Oliva

Lisya Nora

2/1 Pokrovka M. Kitay-gorod Cuisine: Indian, $$

2 Dayev Per. M. Sukharevskaya Cuisine: European, $$

Little Japan

Mega moll-2 M. Rechnoi Vokzal Cuisine: Spanish, $$


Maison Elitaire

12a, Bolshaya Dorogomilovskaya M. Kiyevskaya Cuisine: Japanese, $$

1 A, 37/43 Bolshaya Pirogovskaya St. M. Sportivnaya Cuisine: French, Mediterranean, $$$

Look In!


9 Bolshaya Dmitrovka St. M. Teatralnaya Cuisine: European, $$$

2 Mal. Cherkasskiy Per. M. Lubyanka Cuisine: Pan Asian, $


17 Klimashkina Ul. M. Ulitsa 1905 Goda Cuisine: Italian, $$$$


Moscow’s Bars, Clubs, Cafés and Restaurants Market

18 bld.1, SadovayaSamotechnaya M. Tsvetnoy Bulvar Cuisine: Seafood, Asian, Chineese, $$$


1/15, Kotelnicheskaya Nabereznaya M. Taganskaya Cuisine: Moroccan, $

Martinez bar

1, Sretenka M. Turgenevskaya Cuisine: European, $$

Maxim bar

15, Tsvetnoy Bulvar M. Tsvetnoy Bulvar Cuisine: European, $$$




Myasnoy Club

NYM yoga

Komsomolsky Pr 28 M. Frunzenskaya Cuisine: Mexican, $ 19 str.1 Kuznetskiy Most St. M. Lubyanka Cuisine: European, $$$$

Na Melnitse

24, Sadovaya-Spasskaya M. Chistye Prudy Cuisine: European, Russian, $$


13, Prechistenskaya Nabereznaya M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: Asian, $$$

Navarro’s Bar & Grill

19/3, Bolshaya Nikitskaya M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: Japanese, $$

23, Shmitovskiy Proezd M. Ulitsa 1905 Goda Cuisine: Mediterranean, Latin American, $$



Multiple Cuisine: American, $


8/2 Novinskiy bulvar M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: Japanese, $$$$

11 Novinskiy bul. M. Barrikadnaya Cuisine: European, American, $$

9, Krymskii Val M. Oktyabrskaya Cuisine: Italian, $ 38, Leninsky Prospect M. Leninsky Prospekt Cuisine: Italian, $$$

More vnutri

7, Pesochnaya alleya, Park Sokolniki M. Sokolniki Cuisine: European, Asian, Vegetarian, $$

Mr. Lee

7, Kuznetsky Most M. Kuznetsky Most Cuisine: Panasian, Author’s, $$$


B.Dmitrovskaya 20/1 M. Chekhovskaya Cuisine: Japaneese, $$$$

Noev Kovcheg

9 Maly Ivanovsky pereulok M. Kitay-gorod Cuisine: European, Georgian, $$$


12A, Chistoprudny Boulevard M. Chistye Prudy Cuisine: European, French, Japanese, $$$


Moscow Good Food


Muzey, Kosmodimianskaya nab. 52/7 (next to Swisshotel) M. Paveletskaya Cuisine: Italian, European, Pan-Asian, $$ Extremely comfortable Italian restaurant serving high quality creative & traditional Italian cuisine, personally cooked by Chef Marco Lachetta


3, Tverskaya M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: International, $$$


48 Kutuzovskiy pr. M. Slavyansky Bulvar Cuisine: European, $$$$



24 Luznetskaya Embankment M. Sportivnaya Cuisine: Armenian, Azeri, European, Russian, $$


3/5, Smolensky Boulevard M. Park Kultury Cuisine: Middle Eastern, $$

Om Cafe

15/1 Novy Arbat Ul. M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: Thai, $$


12/2 Prechistenka St. M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: European, Russian, $$$

5, Monetchikovskyi 1-iy Pereulok M. Dobryninskaya Cuisine: Russian, European, $$$$

Orange Cow’s House


Oriental Tale

24, Novy Arbat M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: Japanese, European, $ Moscow Good Food


“Superb food at sensible prices prepared by excellent chefs with friendly, efficient service”

Milk and Honey

Multiple locations M. Kiyevskaya Cuisine: Russian, European, $

O2 Lounge

17 Tverskaya St M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: Scandinavian, European, $$$ +7 495 629 4165



4/5, Plotnikov Pereulok M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: European, Asian, Vegetarian, $



38, Myasnitskaya M. Chistye Prudy Cuisine: European, $$$

25 Universitetskii Prospekt M. Universitet Cuisine: Uzbek, $$


5/2, Potapovsky Pereulok M. Sretensky Bulvar Cuisine: European, Asian, $$


30/2 Prospekt Mira M. Prospekt Mira Cuisine: European, $$

Old Batum

7, Academika Bochvara St., bld.1 M. Shchukinskaya Cuisine: Fusion, $$

Old Berlin

25 Arbat St. M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: German, $$

Old Havana

Talalihina St. 28/1 M. Volgogradsky Prospekt Cuisine: Cuban, $$

Old Man Muller

Multiple Cuisine: German, $$$

Old School Pub

15, Bol. Cherkasskiy M. Kitay-gorod Cuisine: European, Russian, $$

18 Pavlovskaya St. M. Tulskaya Cuisine: European, Russian, $$

22 D Frunzenskaya Embankment M. Frunzenskaya Cuisine: Azeri, Russian, $

Osteria Da Cicco 3, Banniy Pereulok M. Prospekt Mira Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, $$

Osteria Montiroli

Bolshaya Nikitskaya, 60 M. Barrikadnaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$$

Osteria nel Parco 9, Krymskiy Val M. Oktyabrskaya Cuisine: Italian, $

Osteria Numero Uno 2, Tsvetnoy Boulevard M. Tsvetnoy Bulvar Cuisine: Italian, $$


40/1 Ostojenka ul. M. Park Kultury Cuisine: Russian, $$$

Otkrity Mir


4 Pokrovka M. Kitay-gorod Cuisine: East, European, Caucasus, $$$

Pachito Bar

10, Nikolskaya street M. Lubyanka Cuisine: American, European, $$

Palazzo Ducale

3 Tverskoy Boulevard M. Tverskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$$


8 Berezhkovskaya nab. M. Kiyevskaya Cuisine: Armenian, Azeri, Turkish, $$$

Pancho Villa

52, Bolshaya Yakimanka M. Oktyabrskaya Cuisine: Mexican, $$

Pane & Olio Pizzeria 38 Bldg 1. Myasnitskaya M. Chistye Prudy Cuisine: Italian, $$$

Pane & Olio Trattoria 22, Timura Frunze M. Park Kultury Cuisine: Italian, $$$


5 Smolenskaya St. (Hotel Golden Ring,2st floor) M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: European, $$$$

Papa Joe’s

Building 26, 1A Nikoloyamskaya St. M. Taganskaya Cuisine: American, Latin American, Mexican, $$

Papa John’s

Multiple Cuisine: American, $

Papa’s Place

ul. Nikol’skaya 10 M. Lubyanka Cuisine: American, International, $$


18, Pavlovskaya M. Tulskaya Cuisine: European, Indian, $

3 Pyatnitskaya St. M. Novokuznetskaya Cuisine: European, American, $$


Paper Moon

10 str.2 Kozjevnicheskaya St. M. Paveletskaya Cuisine: European, Turkish, East, $$

Build. 1, 17 Petrovka St. M. Kuznetsky Most Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian, $$$


Moscow Good Food


Lesnaya street 5a M. Belarusskaya Cuisine: Italian $$$$ Typical Italian traditions for food and hospitality. Food care is the most important aspect, with freshness and simplicity as the main characteristics. Feel and breath Italian culture and true Italian cuisine.

Moscow’s Bars, Clubs, Cafés and Restaurants Paradise

2a Nagornoe Shosse M. Planernaya Cuisine: European, Caucasian, $$


31/9, Leningradsky Pr. M. Dinamo Cuisine: French, European, $$$$

Pasta Mama

12/9, Spiridonevsky Pereulok M. Tverskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$$


14, Bol. Sukharevskaya Square M. Sukharevskaya Cuisine: Thai, Chinese, $$


7 bld.1, Bolshoy Patriarshiy Pereulok M. Mayakovskaya Cuisine: Russian, $$$


10 Nizhnyaya Radishchevskaya Street M. Taganskaya Cuisine: Russian, $

Peking Duck

24 Tverskaya St. M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: Chinese, Vegetarian, $$$


17, Petrovka M. Teatralnaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$


9 1st Proezd Perovo Pole M. Perovo Cuisine: European, Italian, $


10 Kutuzovsky Prospekt M. Kutuzovskaya Cuisine: Seafood, $$$


Planet Sushi

Multiple Cuisine: Japanese, $$$


Plotnikov Pub

11/12, Petrovka M. Lubyanka Cuisine: European, $$

Plotinikov pereulok 22/16 M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: European, $$

Polo Club

11/12, Petrovka M. Lubyanka Cuisine: European, $$$$


75 A Udalcova St. M. Prospekt Vernadskogo Cuisine: Europe, East, $$


Tamanskaya 46 M. Polezhayevskaya Cuisine: American, Caucasian, European, French, Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood, Spanish, Vegetarian, $$$


Berezhkovskaya Nabereznaya M. Kiyevskaya Cuisine: European, $$

Porter House

20 Arkhitektora Vlasova St. M. Novye Cheryomushki Cuisine: European, $$$

Porto Chervo

24, Novy Arbat M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: Italian, $

Porto Maltese

3 Varvarka Ul. M. Kitay-gorod Cuisine: Seafood, $$$$

Porto Maltese

24/3, Myasnitskaya M. Chistye Prudy Cuisine: Russian, $$

21 Pravda St. M. Savyolovskaya Cuisine: Mediterranean, $$$$


Porto Maltese

11 1st Kolobovsky Pereulok M. Trubnaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$

Pink Cadillac

4-6, Bolshaya Gruzinskaya ulitsa M. Barrikadnaya Cuisine: American, $$


23 A Naberejnaya Trasa Shevhenko M. Mezhdunarodnaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$

Pizza Hut

17 Tsvetnoy Bulvar M. Tsvetnoy Bulvar Cuisine: American, Italian, $$$

Pizzeria il Pomodoro

54 bld.2, Sadovnicheskaya M. Paveletskaya Cuisine: Mediterranean, $$$ = Menu in English

11 Leninsky Prospect St. M. Oktyabrskaya Cuisine: Mediterranean, $$$$

Porto Maltese

31 A Leningradsky Prospect St. M. Dinamo Cuisine: Mediterranean, $$$$

Porutshik Rzhevsky Build. 4, 4 Bolshoy Tolmachevsky Pereulok M. Tretyakovskaya Cuisine: Fusion, Russian, Vegetarian, $$

Pravda 21

21/1 Pravdy St. M. Belorusskaya Cuisine: Russian, European, $$

16 Krasnopresnenskaya Emb. M. Kutuzovskaya Cuisine: Brazilian, European, $$$$

“Polo Club, one of the best hotel restaurants in town serving quality steaks and seafood”


47/23, Arbat M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: European, Russian, German, $


Prego Pizza & Pasta 6, Dolgorukovskaya M. Novoslobodskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$

Presnya Cafe

7, Stolyarniy Pereulok M. Ulitsa 1905 Goda Cuisine: European, Caucasian, $$


Ilyinskoe Shosse, 2km M. Krylatskoye Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, Uzbek, Italian, $$$

Prime Star

Red Point

7 Autumn Avenue (Osenny bulvar) M. Krylatskoye Cuisine: European, French, Japanese, Seafood, $$

Red Sails

66 Aviationnaya Street M. Shchukinskaya Cuisine: European, $$

Red Square

1 Krasnaya ploschad M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: Russian, $

77 bld.2, Sadovnicheskaya naberezhnaya (Aurora) M. Paveletskaya Cuisine: European, Russian,Mixed, $$


16, bld.5, Olimpiisky Prospect M. Prospekt Mira Cuisine: European, $$$

Rakhat Lukum

9 Bol. Dmitrovka M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: Uzbek, $$$


11 Spartakovskaya St. M. Baumanskaya Cuisine: Russian, $$

Real Food Restaurant 12, Krasnopresnenskaya nab.(Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre) M. Vystavochnaya Cuisine: European, Italian, $$$

Red & White

15 Lesnaya St. (Hotel Holiday Inn) M. Belorusskaya Cuisine: European, Italian, $$$

Red Lion

12 Krasnopresnenskaya Embankment M. Ulitsa 1905 Goda Cuisine: British, $$

29, Serebryanicheskaya Nabereznaya M. Kurskaya Cuisine: european, $$


4, Bolshaya Dorogomilovskaya M. Kiyevskaya Cuisine: French, $$$


20 Rozhdestvenskii Bulvar M. Sukharevskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$

Moscow Good Food


Full a la Carte menu incorporating healthy dishes made from organic ingredients. Open kitchen and excellent food & wine


5, Boshaya Sadovaya M. Mayakovskaya Cuisine: International, $$

Riverside cafe

Crowne Plaza Hotel/WTC Krasnopresenskaya Nab 12.

16 Kashirskoe Shosse M. Kashirskaya Cuisine: Armenian, Azeri, European, Georgian, Russian, $$$

Radio City Bar & Grill

10 Mantulinskaya St. M. Ulitsa 1905 Goda Cuisine: European, Chineese, Japaneese, International, $$$



42 str.2a, Shepkina ul. M. Prospekt Mira Cuisine: European, $$

River Side


Roll Hole

Restaurant Moschoice


15 Kosygina St. M. Leninsky Prospekt Cuisine: European, $

17/1 Neglinnaya ulitsa M. Teatralnaya Cuisine: Mediterranean, Russian, European, $$



6 bld.2, Bersenenskaya Nabereznaya M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: European, $$

40, Novokuznetskaya M. Paveletskaya Cuisine: Home, $$$


9/11 Bolshoy Fakelny Lane M. Marksistskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$

Ribny Bazaar

10/2, Tryokhprudny Pereulok M. Tverskaya Cuisine: Seafood, European, $$$

Richard Lion Heart

29 Michurinsky Prospekt M. Universitet Cuisine: European, $$$


No.19 Zeleny Prospekt M. Perovo Cuisine: Armenian, Azeri, European, Georgian, Mexican, $

3 Holodilnyy Per. M. Tulskaya Cuisine: European, Japanese, Vegetarian, $

20/1, Petrovka M. Trubnaya Cuisine: Asian grill, $$$


26 Nikoloyamskaya M. Taganskaya Cuisine: French, International, Italian, $

Royal Family

15 Ul. Kosygina (Hotel Orlyonok) M. Leninsky Prospekt Cuisine: Korean, $


21/1 Begovaya St. (in the Hippodrome building) M. Begovaya Cuisine: European, Italian, Russian, $


4 Nashekinsky Per. M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: European, Russian, Seafood, $


Moscow’s Bars, Clubs, Cafés and Restaurants Rytsarsky Club

28 Kosygina M. Vorobyovy Gory Cuisine: European, $$$$


1 Shcholkovskoe shosse M. Shcholkovskaya Cuisine: European, Caucasian, $$


39 Bolshaya Gruzinskaya ul. M. Belorusskaya Cuisine: Vietnamese, $


6 Bolshoi Karetny Per Bldg 1 M. Tsvetnoy Bulvar Cuisine: Georgian, $$$


Shyolkovskoe shosse 68 M. Shcholkovskaya Cuisine: European, Uzbek, $$



29/3 Lomonosovskiy pr. M. Prospekt Vernadskogo Cuisine: Eastern, European, $$

Shashlichnaya #1

2, Ryazansky Pereulok M. Krasnye Vorota Cuisine: European, $


17, Gogolevsky Boulevard M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: Chinese, European, Japanese, Tai,, $$$$


2, 1905 Goda M. Ulitsa 1905 Goda Cuisine: Ukrainian, $$$

Shore House

Crocus City (66 km MKAD) M. Myakinino Cuisine: European, Japanese, Azerbaijani, Uzbek, $$$




Ural’skaya 5 M. Shcholkovskaya Cuisine: European, $$

Scotland Yard

34 bld.1, Petrovka M. Chekhovskaya Cuisine: Pub Food, $$$

5/6, Nikitsky Pereulok M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: Pub food, $$


14 str.4, Neglinnaya M. Kuznetsky Most Cuisine: Chinese, Russian, Uzbek, $$ 27, 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya M. Belorusskaya Cuisine: Gerogian, $$$


57, Bolshaya Gruzinskaya M. Belorusskaya Cuisine: European, $$$

Multiple Cuisine: European, $$$


“Traditional Irish hospitality with great pub food and excellent beers”

Smotra Bar & Restaurant

66 Leningradskiy pr. M. Aeroport Cuisine: European, Japanese, $

SOHO Rooms

12/8 Bolshoi Savvinsky Nab. M. Sportivnaya Cuisine: International, $$$$

Soup Cafe

62/25 1st Brestskaya, bldg.3 M. Belorusskaya Cuisine: European, $$


60 str.1 Brestkaya 1st St. M. Mayakovskaya Cuisine: European, Russian, English, $


13 str.2, Bol.Lubyanka M. Kuznetsky Most Cuisine: European, $$

14, Nikitsky Boulevard M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: Lebanese, Middle Eastern, $$

Starlite Diner

15, Bolshaya Spasskaya M. Sukharevskaya Cuisine: Seafood, $$$$

Starlite Diner

Sirena Restaurant

SCANDINAVIA 7 Maliy Palanshevskiy Per. M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: European, Skandinavian, $$ “Comfortable, calm restaurant with high quality cuisine offering many Scandinavian specialities”

6, Vernadskogo Pr M. Universitet Cuisine: American, $$ 9a, Korovy Val M. Oktyabrskaya Cuisine: American, $$

Starlite Diner

16/5, Bolotnaya Square M. Tretyakovskaya Cuisine: American, $$

Starlite Diner

16 Bolshaya Sadova M. Mayakovskaya Cuisine: American, $$


42/2 Bol. Polyanka M. Polyanka Cuisine: Georgian, $$$

Super Mario

41 Gastello St. M. Sokolniki Cuisine: Armenian, Azeri, European, Georgian, $$

Sushi-Bar Kiot Krymsky val, 10 M. Oktyabrskaya Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, $$

Sweet Home Cafe

14/2 str.1, Myasnitskaya M. Lubyanka Cuisine: European, $$


Pyatnitskaya Ul. 52, bldg. 2 M. Polyanka Cuisine: Steaks, $$

Sisters Grimm

Seven Fridays

Sixties diners

5/2, Komsomolsky Prospect M. Park Kultury Cuisine: Japanese, $$$$ 6, Vorontsovskaya M. Taganskaya Cuisine: Russian, French, $$$

Shamrock bar

11 str.1 Noviy Arbat St. M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: European, Irland, $$


2/1 Myasnitsky Proyesd M. Krasnye Vorota Cuisine: Vietnamese, $$$


16/2 str.2 Noviy Arbat St. M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: European, American, $


56 Profsoyuznaya St. M. Novye Cheryomushki Cuisine: European, $

Sky Lounge

32a Leninskiy Pr. M. Leninsky Prospekt Cuisine: European, Japanese, $$

21 Verkhnyaya Radishchevskaya St. M. Taganskaya Cuisine: European, $$


14/5 Bersenevskaya naberejnaya M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: European, $$$

20/2 Trubnaya St. M. Tsvetnoy Bulvar Cuisine: Spanish, $$$$

Tapa’rillas Tapas Bar 4/3 bld.3, Strasnoy Boulevard M. Chekhovskaya Cuisine: Spanish , $$

Taras Bulba

Multiple Cuisine: Ukrainian, $$

Tatler club

2/1, Kutuzovsky Prospekt M. Kiyevskaya Cuisine: European, Russian, $$$$

Tavern Admiral Benbau

Building A, 52 Sudostroitelnaya St. M. Kolomenskaya Cuisine: Fusion, $$


31/4, Triumfalnaya Squqre M. Mayakovskaya Cuisine: European, Italian, Russian, $$

Tel Aviv

Taisky Slon

Temple Bar

25 Khoroshevskoye Shosse M. Polezhayevskaya Cuisine: Thai, $$$

Multiple M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: European, $$


Tequila Bar & Boom

2/1 bld.1, Kutuzovsky prospect M. Kiyevskaya Cuisine: Japanese, $$$


No.20, 60-Letia Octyabrya Prospekt M. Akademicheskaya Cuisine: Japanese, $$

Moscow’s original diners still serving our favourite food


Tapa De Comida

30/1, Tsvetnoy Boulevard M. Tsvetnoy Bulvar Cuisine: Israeli, $$$

8a, Strasnow Bulevard M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: American, $$

11, Stoleshnikov Pereulok M. Chekhovskaya Cuisine: Author, European, $$

Multiple Cuisine: Japanese, $$

Multiple location Cuisine: American, $$

T.G.I. Friday’s




2 Europe squar (RadIsson Slavyanskaya Hotel) M. Kiyevskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$


26 Valovaya M. Paveletskaya Cuisine: European, $$$$


11, Nicolskaya M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: European, Italian, $$

4, Kuznetsky Most M. Kuznetsky Most Cuisine: Mexican, $


13 Uglichskaja St. M. Altufyevo Cuisine: European, Russian, $$


The Cosmos Hotel, 150 Prospekt Mira M. VDNKh Cuisine: European, $$

Thai Elephant

25 bld,1, Horoshevskoe shosse M. Polezhayevskaya Cuisine: Eastern, European. Thai, $$$

The Standard

Bolshoi Zlatoustinsky Per.9 M. Kitay-gorod Cuisine: American, International, $$


32 bld.2, Ostozhenka M. Park Kultury Cuisine: Georgian, $$$

Time Out Bar

5, Sadovaya ulitsa Hotel pekin M. Mayakovskaya Cuisine: European, $$

Moscow’s Bars, Clubs, Cafés and Restaurants TORRO GRILL Multiple M. Taganskaya Cuisine: European, $$$ Some of the best steaks in Moscow. Great service, great drinks and great prices

Timeterria LiPeople 4, 2nd Shemilovsky pereulok M. Novoslobodskaya Cuisine: Pizzeria, $


11, Protochny Pereulok M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: Beer Restaurants, German, $$$

Tommy D Gastro Bar 1, Tretyakovsky Proyezd M. Lubyanka Cuisine: International, $$$

Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Caffe

Tsar’s Hunt


29/14 Neglinnaya Ul. M. Trubnaya Cuisine: Arabic, Azeri, Chinese, Uzbek, $$$


1, Ostozhenka M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: Russian, French, Japanese, $$$ Build.3, 11-13 Nikolskaya St. M. Okhotny Ryad Cuisine: European, Russian, $$


26/1 Prospekt mira M. Prospekt Mira Cuisine: Italian, $$$


7 Lubyansky Proezd M. Lubyanka Cuisine: American, European, International, Japanese, $




Trattoria Venezia

4/3 bld.3, Strastnoi Bulevard M. Tverskaya Cuisine: European, $$$

Trattoria Venezia

17, Shabolovka M. Shabolovskaya Cuisine: European, $$$

Tri kabana

34 kor.2 Ryazanskiy pr. M. Ryazansky Prospekt Cuisine: European, Russian, $$


2/1 bld.1, Kutuzovsky prospect M. Kiyevskaya Cuisine: European, $$$


19a Akademika Koroleva St. M. VDNKh Cuisine: Russian, Japanese, Philipino, $$$


26/5, Tverskoy bulvar M. Tverskaya Cuisine: European, Chinese, Japanese, $$$$

U Shveika

2, Barrikadnaya M. Barrikadnaya Cuisine: Beer Restaurants, Czech, European, $$


20 Mal. Bronnaya M. Mayakovskaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$

20 Marksistskaya Ul., bldg 1 M. Taganskaya Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, $$

Un Sun

Tsarskaya Okhota


186a, Zhukovka village, Rublevo-Uspenskoye shosse M. Krylatskoye Cuisine: Russian, Hunting, $$$

9, Achsheulov Pereulok M. Turgenevskaya Cuisine: European, Korean, $ 10 2nd TverskayaYamskaya St. M. Mayakovskaya Cuisine: French, $$$


23/10 Petrovka St. M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: Mediterranean, $$

19, Novy Arbat M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: Author’s, Italian, Mediterranean, Japanese, $$$


24, Gorki-2 village, Rublevo-Uspenskoye shosse Cuisine: Home cooking from Arkady Novikov, $$$


13 str.2 SadovayaSpasskaya St. M. Krasnye Vorota Cuisine: European, Russian, Japanese, $$$


6, Maly Palashevsky Pereulok M. Pushkinskaya Cuisine: European, $$


4 Pevcheskiy Per. M. Kitay-gorod Cuisine: European, $$

Vision Cocktail Hall

11 Noviy Arbat St., bld. 1 M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: European, Japaneese, $$$


28a Shipilovskaya St. M. Domodedovskaya Cuisine: European, $$


7 SadovayaSamotechnaya St. M. Tsvetnoy Bulvar Cuisine: Italian, $$$


61a Profsoyaznaya ul. M. Kaluzhskaya Cuisine: Japanese, $$

Moscow Good Food


New style of European bistro with creative food and a large wine selection.

36/9, Novy Arbat M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: European, Japanese, $$$

Trattoria Venezia

51/23 Pervomaysky St. M. Pervomaiskaya Cuisine: Russian, International, $$

Michurinsky Pr.16 M. Universitet Cuisine: European Bistro $$$

Veranda u Dachi

8, Presnenskaya nab., bld.1 M. Vystavochnaya Cuisine: Italian, $$$

Yasniy Perec


Vogue Cafe

Tutto Bene

Twin Pigs

39 bld.6, Leningradskoye Shosse M. Vodny Stadion Cuisine: Italian, Uzbek, Japanese, $$$

16 Spartakovskaja Square M. Baumanskaya Cuisine: European, Italian, Mixed, $$$

19 bld.1, Kuznetsky Most M. Kuznetsky Most Cuisine: Author’s, Home, European, Italian, $$$

24 Tverskoy bul. M. Tverskaya Cuisine: European, $$$$



70, Zhukovka village, Rublevo-Uspenskoye shosse Cuisine: Italian, Uzbek, Japanese, $$$

9 bld.3, Stoleshnikov Pereulok M. Chekhovskaya Cuisine: European, $$$

6 Serpukhovskoy Val M. Tulskaya Cuisine: European, $$

Vanilla Sky

186a Zhukovka, Rublyovo-Uspenskoye Shosse, 9 kilometers from MKAD M. Krylatskoye Cuisine: Russian, $$$$ 3, Novoslobodskaya M. Novoslobodskaya Cuisine: Jewish, $$$


7/9, Kuznetsky Most M. Teatralnaya Cuisine: European, $$$

White Cafe

White clouds

4, Pokrovka M. Chistye Prudy Cuisine: European, Asian, Vegetarian, Mexican, $

White Rabbit

3 Smolenskaya Pl. M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: European, Italian, Russian, $$$

Who is Who (Karaoke)

15a Oruzjeyniy per. M. Mayakovskaya Cuisine: European, Japanese, $$$

William Bass

9 Malaya Yakimanka St. M. Tretyakovskaya Cuisine: European, $$$

Wok Express


5, Soimonovskiy prospekt M. Kropotkinskaya Cuisine: Japanese, Author’s, $$$$

Yolki Palki

Multiple M. Tretyakovskaya Cuisine: Russian, $


12, Krasnopresnenskaya Nabereznaya M. Ulitsa 1905 Goda Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Korean, $$


3 SadovayaSamotechnaya St. M. Tsvetnoy Bulvar Cuisine: Italian, $$$


8/10, Novinsky Bulevard M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: Azeri, European, Japanese, $$$

Zolotaya Vobla

9 Sushchevsky Val Ul. M. Savyolovskaya Cuisine: Beer Restaurants, $$

26 Bolshaya Nikitskaya St. M. Arbatskaya Cuisine: European, Asian, $$

Zolotoi Drakon


Zolotoi Kupol

25 str.1 Rusanova pr. M. Sviblovo Cuisine: European, Caucasian, $

Yan Pen

3/7, Pokrovka M. Kitay-gorod Cuisine: Korean, $$$

Yapona Mama

4 Smolensky Bulvar. M. Smolenskaya Cuisine: Japanese, $$


32/2, Leningradsky Prospect M. Dinamo Cuisine: French, Russian, $$$$

15a Kalanchevskaya M. Komsomolskaya Cuisine: Chinese, $$ 10/2, 10-Gorky township, Rublyovo-Uspenskoye Shosse M. Molodyozhnaya Cuisine: European, Russian, Caucasian, $$$

Zolotoy Dar

154 Profsoyuznaya St. M. Tyoply Stan Cuisine: European, Russian, $$$


12/2, Bolshoy Kozikhinsky Pereulok M. Tverskaya Cuisine: Moroccan, Lebanese, Syrian, Persian, Bukharan, $$$

Don’t find your favourite bar/restaurant? Send us the details, we would be pleased to include them in our future issues. editor@

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Community Services Business Clubs/Organisations

British Business Club President: Don Scott Web site:

Italian Business Club (ITAM) President: Giovanni Stornante

The Association of European Business (AEB) CEO: Dr. Frank Schauff


Today, the British Business Club supports more than 600 British or affiliated people and companies with regular meetings and charitable events. We have strong local contacts and help where we can, if not directly, then at least with a guiding hand to a person, organisation or ministry. Russia continues to offer massive opportunities to British businesses, but it takes stamina to see them through. The BBC offers a small sanctuary of Britain to help in these times. We organise social and professional events for the Italian community. We bring Italians together, help their integration when they move to the big city, facilitate the exchange of ideas, experience and opportunities between the Italian and other business communities. Any organisations and individual in Moscow that are either Italian or focus their business on Italy can join the club. AEB is an active community of about 630 members, providing a network for sharing opinion and experience. The AEB is an advocate of its members’ opinions, generated in 40 industrial and crosssectorial committees, sub- committees and working groups. We develop cooperation between Moscow and European business circles through high profile conferences, briefings, round tables and other business events.

The French-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is aimed at developing economic cooperation between Russia and France. We organise a large variety of different events for our members to meet each other, such as sector committees, business presentations, B2B meetings, cultural events. We also provide our members with specific ‘technical’ services, such as French-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Russian and French business Industry (CCIFR) language lessons or delivery General Director: Pavel Chinsky of work permits for foreign Web site: employees as fast as possible.

The Irish Business Club Chairperson: Avril Conway Web site:

The Danish Business Club in Moscow Chairman: Kasper Ditlevsen Daytime job: Commercial Director – Uhrenholt Russia & CIS

The members of the Irish Business Club are a mix of both Russian and Irish professional people and private individuals. It takes some time to understand the Russian culture and to make friends. Russian people are very well educated and I truly believe our role is to transfer knowledge and understanding. This is sometimes a challenge for people. We try and help in these respects as much as we can. The Danish Business Club has both corporate and private members, almost all of whom are based in or doing business in Moscow. About 80% of our subscribing members are Danish, but that doesn’t mean that 80% of all participants at all events are Danish. The club holds business events and also social events, such as the Stambord at the Restaurant Skandinavia once a month.

Community Services Women’s Clubs/Associations Women’s Groups IWC

The International Women’s Club of Moscow is a not-for-profit organisation which exists to promote friendship and co-operation between women and men of all nationalities. Explore our website to find out more about our events, how to join, and the charities we support. If you have any questions, please contact For specific enquiries. Web site:

The British Women’s Club (BWC) BWC was set up in 2000. When British women arrive here they may need help and support from each other to understand basic things like where to shop for food, information about schools and to get to know other Brits. Mainly it is a help group, because it can be quite a shock settling here if you don’t speak Russian. Women generally introduce themselves before they move to Moscow. And we let the ladies know on what is going on in the city. As long as you have a British passport yourself or you married to somebody who holds a British passport you can

De Tulpen

The Swedish Women’s Educational Association (SWEA)

The Main goal of the Tulips is to provide a social platform for the Dutch speaking ladies in Moscow, do things of interest together and have fun! When you are abroad, one’s own culture becomes so much more important. If anybody wants to connect with us, please find us on the Dutch Cub web site. If people want to go and visit museums, they can do that one their own. But if they want to speak their mother tongue with other people here in Moscow, then here we are.

SWEA is an international organisation, with 7,500 members in 34 countries all over the world. The fact that the 90-member strong Moscow chapter fits into a large international organisation, has many advantages. The main purpose of the SWEA in Moscow is to act as a network for members, to support Swedish culture and Swedish language; this is very important for us. The majority of SWEA’s 90 members in Russia are accompanying spouses, even

become the member of BWC. We have quite a few Russian wives who are members. Once a month we hold our monthly meeting at the British embassy. We have a committee with ten members. We meet once a month and make decisions about what we are going to do during the months ahead. Our major activities are planned almost six months ahead. The ladies themselves decided what they want to do. Website:

though the trend is that more and more women come here by themselves for career reasons working for Swedish companies. We also have a surprisingly large number of Russians ladies as members who have maybe lived in Sweden, or have studied Swedish here, and they are of course also welcome as members. Our doors are also open to other Scandinavians. Contacts: Cecilia Wettstam, President SWEA Moscow Tel: +7 985 233 9687 Email: Website:


Community Services Gyms and Fitness Clubs Private membership Do you have a favourite gym or fitness club that we have not mentioned? Please send in your recommendations for inclusion in future editions to Marina Club

Hard Candy

50-meter indoor pool with 10 tracks and 12-meter aquaslop. Open daily: 07:00-24:00. Address: Leningradskoye sh., 25a Metro: Voikovskaya Tel: 363-6061 Web:

Address: B.Kislovskiy per 9 Moscow Russia 125009 Front Desk: +7 495 933 7100 Mon - Fri: 7:00-24:00 Weekends and Holidays: 09:00-10:00

Beach Club A surprisingly beautiful white-sand beach flanks the Moscow River, furnished with lounge chairs, beach umbrellas and a well-stocked bar. Active types can rent jet skis, play volleyball and even swim. Of course there is a place to dock your yacht. Address: Leningradskoe Shosse 39 Metro: Vodny Stadion Website: Phone: 495 979 9090

Locstream rollerdrome


Rollerdrome (Kant) Sports Club

Part of Planeta Fitness club. 50-meter indoor pool with 8 tracks. Open: Mon-Fri 08:3022:15, Sat 08:30-21:00, Sun 09:00-21:00. Address: Varshavskoye sh., 14 Metro: Tulskaya Tel: +7 495 958-1501 Web:

Fit & Fun Address: Chistoprudny Bul 12 Str 1 Mon-Fri: 07:00-23:00 Sat-Sun: 09:00-20:00 Gym, pool, saunas, Jacuzzis, aerobics, aqua-aerobics

Marriott Hotels Group Some hotels offer discounts to expat club members, e.g. BWC

Marco Polo Hotel Health Club Address: Spiridonovsky Per 9 Daily: 12:00-24:00 Tel: +7 495 202 0381

Atlantis fitness club Mezhdunarodnaya 1, Krasnopresnenskaya Nab 12 Tel: +7 495 937 0373


Address: 125a Bol. Cherkizovskaya Str. +7 495 161 8630

RollHoll Rollerdrome Address: 3 Kholodilny Ave. +7 495 954 0158

Address: 7 Electrolitny Proezd, building 2 +7 495 317 6101

Fantasy Park Address: 100 Lyublinskaya Str. +7 495 641 3451

Adrenalin Sports and Entertainment Center Address: 1 Chermyansky Proezd +7 495 221 0105

Dr.Loder — Fitness club in Moscow Address: 103031 Moscow, Strastnoy bulvar, 10/1 Metro: Strastnoy Bulvar E-mail: Tel.: +7 495 775 7474, +7 495 775 7400

Municipal Chaika Sports Complex

Olympic Village - 80

25-meter and 50-meter open-air pools. Two paddling pools. Tennis courts Open Mon-Sat 07:00-22:30, Sun 08:30-19:30. Address: Turchaninov per., 1/3 Metro: Park Kultury Tel: +7 499 246 1344 Web:

25-meter indoor pool and a paddling pool. Open daily 07:30-22:00. Address: Olimpiyskaya Derevnya, 2 Metro: Yugo-Zapadnaya Tel: +7 495 437 1698 Web:

CSKA Sport Complex Well-established sport complex. 50-meter indoor pool with 8 tracks. Open daily: 07:00-23:00. Address: Leningradsky prosp., 39, str. 9 Metro: Aeroport Tel: +7 495 613 6907 Web:

Fili 50-meter indoor pool with 8 tracks and two paddling pools. Open daily: 07:15-22:00. Address: Bolshaya Filyovskaya ul., 18a Metro: Bagrationovskaya Tel: +7 499 148 3046

Izmailovo 50-meter indoor pool with a paddling pool and a jumping pool. Open daily: 07:00-19:45. Address: Sirenevy bulv., 2 Metro: Cherkizovskaya Tel: +7 499 166 8945

Luzhniki Outdoor 50-meter and 25-meter pools, two 25-meter indoor pools and one 25-meter indoor children’s pool. Open Mon-Fri 07:00-22:00, Sat 07:00-18:00, Sun 07:00-15:00. Address: Luzhnetskaya nab., 24 Metro: Sportivnaya Tel: +7 495 785 9717 Web:

Medvedkovo 25-meter indoor pool with 6 tracks and 16-meter indoor pool. Open daily: 07:00-22:00. Address: Zapovednaya ul., 1 Metro: Sviblovo Tel: +7 495 4767500 Web:

Oktyabr 50-meter indoor pool with 8 tracks plus a paddling pool. Open daily: 07:00-23:00. Address: Zhivopisnaya ul., 21 Metro: Schukinskaya Tel: +7 499 728 5390 Web:

Olympic Water Sports Center Large swimming complex: Outdoor Pool “Neptun” (50-meter), House of Swimming (25-meter and 50-meter indoor pools) and Water Sports Palace (two paddling pools). Open daily: 06:45-22:00. Address: Ibragimova ul., 30 Metro: Semyonovskaya Tel: +7 495 369 4803

Olympiysky Two 40-meter indoor pools, 33-meter pool with springboards and 10-meter diving board. Open: 07:00-22:45. Address: Olympiisky prosp., 16 Metro: Prospekt Mira Tel: +7 495 786 3266 Web:

Setun Health Complex 25-meter indoor pool with 6 tracks, teen’s 15-meter pool (6-16 years old) and a paddling pool (4-6 years old). Open daily: 08:00-21:00. Address: Tolbukhina ul., 10 Metro: Kuntsevskaya Tel: +7 495 444 9223 Web:

Torpedo 25-meter pool with a paddling pool. Open: Mon-Sat 07:15-18:45, Sun - 08:00-16:15. Address: Avtozavodskaya ul., 21 Metro: Avtozavodskaya Tel: +7 495 675 0279

Ostankino 25-meter indoor pool with a paddling pool. Open daily: 08:00-22:00. Address: Bolshaya Marfinskaya ul., 7a Metro: Petrovsko-Razumovskaya Tel: +7 495 619 9912 Web:

Beaches “Serebryannyi Bor” Take the trolleybus from Polezhaevskaya or Shchukinskaya Metro Stations. “Strogino” Take the bus 357m from Strogino metro “Vodnoe Dynamo”

Community Services List of Charities Below is an incomplete list of Charities operating in Moscow which foreigners are known to be involved with. If you wish to list a charity in future issues, please write to: Kidsave

Kidsave® is a non-profit organization working in Russia since 1999. Our programs create strong and lasting connections between children and adults, with the goal of giving orphans and young people graduating from institutions opportunities to develop the skills necessary for a successful future. Our Programmes: ‘Teen Mother’ programme helps vulnerable young mothers and pregnant girls learn how to care for their babies, experience the joy of motherhood, and stop the dreadful cycle of ‘inherited orphan hood’. ‘Strong Shoulders’ is a social adaptation and mentoring program that works with orphans and young adults. ‘Corporate Mentoring’ is a program designed to give older children in orphanages exposure to the workplace. You Can Help: In becoming a Kidsave Corporate Sponsor/Donor, you can give hope to orphan children and graduates and help create more favourable conditions for their future. For additional information, please contact Alexander Mzhelsky at: or +7 (985) 970 9019

Downside Up

About 2,500 children with Down syndrome are born in Russia annually. In 85% of such births, parents give their children up to maternity homes, often following doctors’ advice. The abandoned children are sent to state institutions with no chance of ever leaving them. But there is an alternative! The children can live in their families and join early intervention and education programmes. They develop and learn under a guidance of special education professionals, and they can go on learning at pre-schools and schools. Children with Down syndrome, no matter how different, have a vast learning potential. Downside Up invites you to help make life better for people with Down syndrome Elena Lubovina Downside Up 14A Parkovaya Str., Moscow, 105043 Russia Tel. +7 499 367 1000, +7 499 165 5536 ________________________

Musical Experimental Theatre ‘Open Art’

Open Art was created in September 2001 for people with learning disabilities. Open Art is based on a unique combination of different art forms and directions: • Music • Dramatic art • Choreography • Art Design • Poetry • Dramatic improvisation • Ethnic art The Musical Experimental Theatre Open Art is open for participants from Moscow and Moscow region. Open Art has developed methods which are being


Kitezh is a network of therapeutic communities that give children from orphanages loving foster families. The aim is to create a developing environment

Kittens to give away?

for the education and care of orphans and children in crisis. The first Kitezh village is in Kaluga Region, 300 km south west of Moscow, and the second village, KitezhOrion, is located 60 km in the same direction. Contact: Kitezh Centre representative Katya Gurkina Tel: +7 916 975 1603 index.php ________________________

used in rehabilitation centres and institutions for people with learning disabilities. Open Art also organizes courses and seminars for specialists in Moscow. Email: i ________________________

Diema’s Dream

Diema’s Dream was established in 1998 to provide financial, medical, and educational support for both physically and mentally disabled children in Russia. The larger goal is to support changes in society and legislation in order to create social and medical support programs, which would allow parents to raise their children at home rather than living in institutions. Who We Support • Charity House, a Russian non-governmental organization (NGO) in Moscow. Charity House is the first and only one of its kind in Russia. The Moscow City government considers their work with disabled orphans to be a model for orphanage reform. Unfortunately, lack of funding has made it impossible for the government to apply the Charity House standards


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Community Services List of Charities of child care to other orphanages • Association of Down’s Syndrome (ADS) program in Moscow. Academician Bochvar Street, 10A Moscow Russia 123098 International: 011-7-495-942-4003 ________________________

Moscow Animals

Moscow Animals – devoted to the welfare of homeless animals. To adopt a dog or cat or if you would like to help local animal shelters by making a donation or volunteering your time, please visit the Moscow Animal Website or email. ________________________

United Way

The Fund supports charities offering programs aimed to meet the social needs of the following sections of society: • children at risk • disabled (children and adults) • refugees and homeless • elderly people Mission Fostering responsible philanthropy in Russia by supporting local charity programs aimed at solving the most critical problems. The Fund is a permanent source of financing for efficient charitable organizations. Charities receiving funding have to demonstrate financial transparency to the highest possible degree. In turn, we

guarantee to the donors full adherence by the foundation to Russian legislature and provide full financial and activity reports. 14 Nizhnyaya Str., Bldg. 1, office 5, Moscow, 125040 Tel./Fax: + 7 (495) 780-97-18 ________________________

MPC Social Services

MPC Social Services is one of the longest serving charitable organizations in Moscow. It is a registered Russian charitable organization and an established 501(c)3 nonprofit in the United States that addresses poverty and hunger, and provides medical care and education for Moscow’s poor, including women, children, families, pensioners, economic migrants, and refugees. To volunteer or donate, please visit our website at ________________________

Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia is a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters International, one of the most efficient mentoring programs for children. In Moscow BBBS helps children living in institutional care (orphanages) and disadvantaged children. A volunteer becomes a Big Brother or a Big Sister to a child, visits him or her once

a week for at least one year. Studies show that children who have a mentor have higher self-esteem, are more stable emotionally, have better motivation to study and show more initiative. Currently there are 162 matches in Moscow. To become a volunteer leave an application or call +7 (495) 500 40 42 Please keep in mind that you need a good knowledge of Russian to become a Big Brother or Big Sister because the children don’t speak English very well. ________________________


The charitable foundation helping children with cancer ‘Nastenka’ was founded in 2002. The main objective of the foundation is
 to increase the quality of diagnostics and treatment of children with oncological diseases, as well as to revive the tradition of charity in Russia. The foundation works in the Scientific Research Institute for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology of the largest Russian cancer center.
For 11 years, the foundation has helped thousands of sick children and purchased large number of expensive modern medical equipment for a hospital: two ventilators, an x-ray machine, a dialysis machine, blood separator and much more.

Organising an event? Advertise for free at 94

Together with ‘Nastenka’ Charitable Foundation You can help Children
with Cancer!
+7 (495) 980-53-77, +7 (495) 585-41-01 You can contact us by phone
+7 (495) 980-53-77, +7 (495) 585-41-01, www.nastenka. ru
Additional information can be obtained by calling +7 (495) 980-53-77,
 +7 (495) 585-41-01, ________________________


This charity, which has been helping children for 20 years, uses horses as part of its therapy. Artem Ivanov, who is in charge of physiotherapy at the centre, and semiparalyzed himself from the waist down, explains: “To control the movements of a horse as it moves means that the rider has to be able to control all the main muscle groups in his [the rider’s] legs, as well as his hands. This creates a training base for riders with any kind of movement problems. A horse’s temperature is two degrees warmer than ours, and because of this, the rider’s muscles warm up and relax.
All this has a tremendously positive effect on the rider’s coordination
and balance. To help, contact Hugh Mc Earney, Secretary of the Irish Business Club via http:/www.


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Community Services Essential Information Emergency Phone Numbers

Fire fighters 01 Police 02 Ambulance 03 Emergency Gas Service 04 Intercity phone calls 07 Information 09 Time (automatic clock) 100 Emergency rescue service 937-9911 _________________________________

in distress. Available 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. In case you ever have to call the fire fighters, the police, or an ambulance, make sure that all family members can correctly pronounce your complete address in Russian. Post a piece of paper with your full address details and phone numbers in Russian and translation into your native language on the wall next to your phone. Also make sure that your children know how to reach you or another adult you trust in case they get lost or have an emergency. Note that in Russia there is difference between the police (militsiya) and the traffic police (GIBDD, formerly GAI). The police are not responsible for regulating traffic or handling car accidents, and the traffic police do not handle criminal offences that are unrelated to traffic.

they may be able to help non-Russian speakers with the necessary paperwork. In the case of a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lost passport, both parents must appear with the child. Once you have a new passport, take it, along with your plane ticket (if you do not have a return ticket, you will have to buy one before you are issued a new visa) and the police form to the company that issued your visa support documents. If you have a copy of your lost visa, you should also provide it. If the agency refuses to help you (although it is their legal obligation to do so), then your consulate should tell you what to do. Important: For ease of processing we recommend that the police report states that your documents were lost, not stolen. _________________________________

Pharmacies (Apteki)

Finding a pharmacy in Moscow is definitely not a problem. In fact, quite a few number of them are open 24/7. The prices vary from one pharmacy to another, but the difference is not very significant. _________________________________

Medical help

International SOS (The Moscow Clinic, 24 hour service to its clients) +7 495 937 6477

American Medical Centers

(24 hours service) +7 495 933 7700

European Medical Center

(French, British and American experts) 8 (495) 933-6645 International crisis Line Tel: 8 926 1133373 This is a free English-speaking telephone counseling service for expatriates people

What to do if you lose your passport Your first step should be to contact the nearest consular department for your country of origin. You will also have to go to a police station in order to obtain an official form confirming the loss or theft of your travel documents. We recommend, however, that you contact your embassy or consulate first, as

Taxi Services in Moscow

In Moscow any car is a taxi, and you will quickly notice how Muscovites get around by simply sticking out a hand and jumping into the first car that stops. If your Russian is up to the negotiations, you can try this for yourself, although you have to maintain an element of caution. Official taxis are more expensive, but still cheap by European standards unless, of course, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being ripped-off. The market is increasingly competitive, and a number of well-established firms now run large fleets of cars with regulated fares. Official taxis come in a variety of guises, some yellow markings and a yellow roof-light. Taximeters are not used in all cars, often the sum is defined at the order. Pre-booked transfers are the most comfortable and convenient way of getting from the airport


Community Services Essential Information to your final destination, and they don’t have to be expensive. More and more companies are offering discount transfer services in Moscow. So, if you don’t want the hassle of dealing with crowded public transport after a long flight, book a car and driver to meet you at the airport and take you directly to your hotel. Your hotel will be able to give you the numbers of Englishspeaking taxi companies. Taxi companies with operators who understand English: + 7 (495) 956 0 800 + 79-ANGEL-TAXI Bee Car +7 495 979 4810 Moscow Taxi + 7 499 995 0654 Taxi 956 +7 495 956 8956 Gorodskoe Taxi +7 495 500 0500 Eurasia Taxi +7 495 647 1111 VIP Taxi Moscow +7 495 991 6173 NewMoscowTaxi +7 495 780 6780 Formula Taxi +7 495 777 5777 Slujba +7 495 918 0101 _________________________________

Getting to Moscow’s Airports Moscow is served by three major airports: Vnukovo, Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo. You can get a taxi (fares range between 1200 and 2300 roubles, and generally, the service is good. The operators speak English, but the drivers


may not. A taxi back can also be booked, and this saves a lot of hassle and possible agro when dealing with the taxi drivers at arrivals. All three airports are now served by aeroexpress shuttle trains. The service is good but not 24 hours a day. The three airports are: Sheremetyevo Airport +7 495 578 6565 + 8 800 100 6565 +7 495 956 4666 for flight information Sheremetyevo has become much more accessible thanks to the opening of the Aeroexpress from Byelorusskaya Station. The Aeroexpress costs 320 roubles and they leave every half an from 5:30 to 00:30. Long term parking costs 250 roubles a day according to the airport web site. If you are getting a taxi or driving your own car there during the day it is advisable to leave a minimum of two hours to get there from the centre.

Domodedovo Airport +7 495 720 6666 for flight information Getting there: The Aeroexpress train departs from the left hand side of Paveltskaya station. Tickets which come as flimsy paper receipts with bar codes in them. Don’t lose your ticket as you need it to get out of the station at the airport. Tickets cost from 320 roubles. The journey takes 40-50 minutes, and they run reliably and regularly, every half an hour from 6am to midnight. On the way home, this is a convenient way to beat the taxi mobs, however there is only the taxi if you arrive during the night. Leaving your car in the long-stay car park costs 600-700 roubles a day depending on the season, although information on the airport’s site is not clear on this score.

Vnukova Airport 8 (495) 937-55-55 Getting there: 1. By airport bus from Yugo Zapadnaya Metro. You need bus 611, 611с or 611ф, (611f ) (express) bus. You need to listen carefully to the prerecorded stop announcements. Your stop is Airport Vnukovo. Busses run every 10 minutes or so, so to be sure you get there on time and the journey to the airport takes about 30 minutes. You can also get a ‘marshrutka’, (mini-van taxi service) route 45 which will take you to the airport faster. Fare is 100 roubles plus 10 roubles for each piece of extra luggage. 2. From Metro Oktyabrskaya (the Circle Line) (subway) Route 705m ‘marshrutka’ runs between Metro Oktyabrskaya (Circle Line) and the Vnukovo airport. They take 35-40 minutes, although Moscow traffic is Moscow traffic, so at peak time leave at least an hour. Fare is 130 roubles plus another RUB 10 for every extra item of baggage. 3. By Aeroexpress Train From Metro Kievskaya (Metro) (exit to Kievsky Train Station). Once out on the Train Station forecourt, go round the corner of the Station terminal building and a few yards down on your left-hand side you will see the entrance portico of the Vnukovo Aeroexpress Terminal. Tickets cost 320 roubles for standard fare, and can be bought on line, if you read Russian. The journey takes 40 minutes.

Community Services Essential Information Paying for your mobile telephone at a terminal There are many different makes and models of pay machines which handle mobile phone payments in use in Moscow, however most of them work in the same way.

services you want. The Russian words: ‘ОПЛАТА УСЛУГ’ (payment for services) are what you want.

Step 2.

Step 1.

Identify the service you need: The first ‘home’ screen will ask you what kind of

operating the terminal has signed up for. Fortunately, to keep things simple, the logos for the most popular mobile telephone companies are displayed on the top row.

Step 3.

Identify the service you want: You will be presented by an array of services which indicate the various services which the company

Having identified your mobile telephone ‘operator’ by its logo, you will then be asked to key in your telephone number.

Having done this, you hit the button which says ‘ВПЕРЕД’ (NEXT). On most terminals this is coloured orange, but make sure you don’t inadvertently press any other buttons which may download various entertainment programmes onto your phone.

Step 4.

Pay. You insert notes into the machine and the amount you have paid comes up on screen minus commission. You then hit the button: ОПЛАТИТЬ (PAY).

That’s it!

The Moscow Good Food Club has been created with intention to hold monthly dinners of high quality in some of Moscow’s better restaurants bringing together a diverse group of expats and Russians for a pleasant evening of excellent food, appropriate beverages and scintillating company! Attention Chefs/Restaurant Managers: Would you like to promote your skills and restaurant to our discerning members, please contact me for details!


Community Services What do the numbers on the red number plates mean? They are Russian Diplomatic codes signifying countries. All vehicles registered with foreign embassies have to use them. 001 - Great Britain 002 - Germany 003 - Canada 004 - USA 005 - Japan 006 - Spain 007 - France 008 - Belgium 009 - Greece 010 - Denmark 011 - Italy 012 - Luxembourg 013 - Netherlands 014 - Norway 015 - Turkey 016 - Australia 017 - Austria 018 - Algeria 019 - Egypt 020 - Rwanda* 021 - Argentina 022 - Afghanistan 023 - Myanmar (the former Burma) 024 - Bolivia 025 - Brazil 026 - Burundi 027 - Ghana 028 - Bangladesh 029 - Guinea 030 - Zambia 031 - Peru 032 - India 033 - Indonesia 034 - Jordan 035 - Iraq 036 - Iran 037 - Ireland 038 - Iceland 039 - Cambodia (the former Kampuchea) 040 - Kenya 041 - Cyprus 042 - Congo 043 - Costa Rica 044 - Kuwait 045 - Laos 047 - Lebanon


048 - Libya 049 - Mali 050 - Morocco 051 - Mexico 052 - Nepal 053 - Nigeria 054 - Venezuela 055 - New Zealand 056 - Pakistan 057 - Burkina Faso* 058 - Senegal* 059 - formerly Syria. Now code 133 is used. 060 - Somalia 061 - Sudan 062 - Sierra Leone 063 - Thailand 064 - Tanzania 065 - Tunisia 066 - Uganda 067 - Uruguay 068 - Philippines 069 - Finland 070 - Sri Lanka 071 - Chad 072 - Switzerland 073 - Sweden 074 - Ecuador 075 - Ethiopia 076 - Angola 077 - Democratic Republic of Congo (the former Republic Zaire) 078 - Colombia 079 - Cameroon 080 - Guinea-Bissau 081 - Portugal 082 - Bulgaria 083 - Hungary 084 - Vietnam 086 - Poland 087 - Korean People’s Democratic Republic (North Korea) 088 - Cuba 089 - Mongolia 090 - China 091 - Romania

092 - formerly Czechoslovakia (nowadays Czech Republic (148) and Slovakia (149)) 093 - Serbia 094 - Benin 095 - Gabon 096 - Guyana* 097 - Mauritania 098 - Madagascar* 099 - Malaysia 100 - Niger* 101 - Singapore 102 - Togo* 103 - Central African Republic (code 106 used earlier) 104 - Jamaica* 105 - Yemen 106 - formerly Central African Republic. Now code 103 is used. 107 - Palestine 108 - Nicaragua 109 - Mozambique 110 - Equatorial Guinea 111 - Sovereign Military Order of Malta (earlier code 111 belonged to Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (Comecon)) 112 - Malta 113 - Cape Verde 115 - Zimbabwe 116 - United Arab Emirates 117 - Côte d’Ivoire* 118 - Namibia 119 - formerly Republic of South Africa. Now code 137 is used. 120 - Oman 121 - Qatar 122 - formerly Arab League. Now code 503 is used 123 - formerly Liechtenstein 124 - South Korea 125 - Chile 126 - Panama (earlier code 126 belonged to UNESCO; see code 512)

127 - Israel 128 - FYR Macedonia (earlier code 128 belonged to EU) 129 - Albania 130 - formerly international organizations 131 - Holy See (Vatican) 132 - Lithuania 133 - Syria (code 059 used earlier) 134 - Estonia 135 - Latvia 136 - Bahrain 137 - Republic of South Africa (code 119 used earlier) 138 - Armenia 139 - formerly Georgia. Now code 158 is used. 140 - Saudi Arabia 141 - Slovenia 142 - Uzbekistan 143 - Kyrgyzstan 144 - Croatia 145 - Azerbaijan 146 - Ukraine 147 - Moldova 148 - Czech Republic 149 - Slovakia 150 - Belarus 151 - Tajikistan 152 - Turkmenistan 153 - Kazakhstan 154 - Guatemala 155 - Bosnia and Herzegovina 156 - Eritrea 157 - Paraguay* 158 - Georgia (code 139 used earlier) 159 - Brunei-Darussalam 160 - Gambia 161 - Vietnam 162 - Mauritius 163 - Dominican Republic 164 - Montenegro 165 - South Ossetia 166 - Abkhazia 167 - Djibouti

ADVANCED LEVEL PROGRAMME BEGINS The Final Step to University Placement The International School of Moscow will begin its GCE Advanced Level programme in August 2014. Students will embark on a two year course, culminating in them sitting ‘A’ Level examinations in the summer of 2015. Success at ‘A’ Level is the key stepping stone in securing a place at the best universities across the globe. At The International School of Moscow, a rigorous academic programme is coupled with diverse extra-curricular opportunities and effective careers guidance, ensuring that our students have the best array of skills not only to enter the best universities in the world with confidence, but to excel as Ambassadors of Tomorrow.

- School Updates - ISM ROSINKA EYFS AND PRIMARY SITES We are proud to confirm not only opening of our EYFS site on Monday, April 28th, but also Primary School from September 2014 in the exclusive residential compound of Rosinka.

Moscow expat Life - Issue 7 - Summer 2014  

The no.1 English language magazine in Moscow, Russia for the expat community