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Preschool in Russia: An Expat Guide

The following is a guest post about choosing a preschool in Russia from Holly Roberts, the founder, and headteacher of Britannia School in Moscow, Russia. Holly is a British early years educator with 15 years of professional experience and has been in Moscow since 2009. In 2009, Holly was invited to join and launch the early years' department at the International School of Moscow.  Since then, she has successfully launched an early...

Working at Yandex in Moscow – Expat Stories

The following is a guest post about working at Yandex and the general Russian work culture in Moscow as an expat by Vlad Alexeyenko.  I have lived in Moscow for over 2 years now. Currently, I work in strategy at a popular short video app and before that, I spent 2 years working at Yandex, a Russian tech giant. Here is a look at my story about coming to...

Russian Money – Everything You Need to Know

Discrete currency exchange booth.
First of all, Russian money is called the Russian Ruble (symbol: ₽, Russian: рубль, currency code: RUB). Each ruble is broken down into 100 kopeks. However, kopeks are in the process of being phased out as 1 ruble is equivalent to 0.015 USD. In terms of denominations, rubles come in the form of 1, 2, 5, 10 ruble coins and 50, 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000 banknotes. You may...

Expat Stories – Jamie Roberts in St. Petersburg, Russia

Jamie used to live in the United States before moving to St. Petersburg, Russia after studying Russian back in school and university. Check out her story below! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your professional background? I am an American living in St. Petersburg, teaching English, doing voiceover recordings of lectures online, and dancing Argentine Tango around Russia and Europe. I left...

Doing Business in Russia – Legal Representation

The following is a guest post about doing business in Russia from Tom Stansmore, general director at Emerging Markets Group in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Emerging Markets Group is a service company combining Western management and standards with extensive Russian experience. Since 1994, our outsourced accounting, tax, and legal services have helped both large Fortune 500 and small companies in the St. Petersburg and Moscow regions to prosper in Russia's...

Starting a Career in Russia – Expat Stories

The following is a guest post about starting a career in Russia as an American expat by Evan Johnson.  The first part of my career in Russia started about six months before I arrived. I had a few months left in my bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies and Government at a liberal arts college. I was determined to find a way to live and start a career in Russia.

The Practical Guide to Running a Small Business in Russia as a Foreigner

Running a small business in Russia as a foreigner can be quite intimidating if you don’t know what you are doing. But, did you know that Russia is one of the easiest countries in the world to do business? The World Bank puts Russia ahead of Japan and Switzerland at number 28 in the world for ease of doing business. Don’t believe us? Check out the World Bank’s 2020 Doing Business Guide. 

Expat Stories in Russia – Ilya Polyakov, Antal Russia

I am Russian by blood but my mind is from somewhere else. It could be from traveling to 37 countries, growing up as an “expat-kid” in Singapore and Qatar, or working in 5 different countries already. My home, and safe haven, is and always has been Denmark. Living in Denmark for more than half of my life with a very secure job, I decided to turn everything upside down and move to...

Ultimate Guide to Russian Schools for Expats

Russian schools are probably a topic you want to know about if you are considering a move to Russia for a job and have a family. Fortunately, Russia has a very good primary education system, especially for a developing country. In fact, you might even be surprised that Russia’s education system is regularly rated as one of the best in the world. According to US News & World Report, the Russian education...

Ultimate Guide to Studying at Russian Universities

While the Russian school system is quite well regarded generally around the world, Russian universities are not as consistent. There are world-class institutions and there are corrupt diploma factories where it is not difficult to simply buy a diploma. The Russian government is taking steps to raise the profile of its universities and things are getting better. In Moscow, there are a number of world-renowned universities like Moscow State University and National...

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