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International Airports in Moscow

There are 4 international airports in Moscow, Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, Vnukovo, and Zhukovsky. They all have fantastic public transportation connections to the city center. The closest airport to the center of Moscow is Vnukovo and the furthest from the center is Domodedovo.  Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, and Vnukovo are the three busiest airports in Russia and together serve over 100 million travelers per year. Zhukovsky International Airport opened in 2016 and serves...

Pharmacies in Russia: How They Work

Pharmacies in Russia are everywhere and they have just about everything you can find in any pharmacy in the West. If you live in Russia, sooner or later, you are going to need to get medicine whether it be for a cold, back pain, or even serious medication. We get many questions about whether a certain medication is available in Russia. Chances are, it is, and even better, it is over the...

13 Best Russian Foods and Where to Find them in Moscow

Russian food might not be at the top of everyone’s list of must-try cuisines of the world, but Russia has many fantastic foods to try. Many people (wrongly) believe that Russian food is simply meat, potatoes, and soup. While this stereotype is true to some degree, Russians do indeed eat a lot of meat, potatoes, and soup, there is much more to Russian cuisine! Let’s take a look at...

How to Get a Russian Visa Easy and Cheap

Applying for a Russian visa doesn’t have to be difficult. In recent years, the Russian embassies have made it easier to get a visa to Russia for most nationalities. Russian tourist visas for US citizens are even issued for 3 years, whereas most other countries can only apply for Russian tourist visas for up to 30 days. As of January 2021, citizens from many countries won’t need a physical...

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, 200, 500, 1,000, 2000, 5,000 banknotes....

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.

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