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Russian Residence Permit: Pros & Cons

Russian residence permits are popular among expats, and we get many requests about them. Most people understand the grounds for applying but check out our ultimate guide to legal residence in Russia if you want to read more about these. There are definite pros and cons associated with actually getting a residence permit in Russia. Let’s look at the significant advantages and disadvantages.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhVW0E6xLFYPros of Getting a Russian Residence PermitLet’s look at the biggest pros...

Flowers in Russia: What You Need to Know

Flowers in Russia are a big deal. If you’re in Russia, you have to know how and when to give flowers, especially if you are a man. Russian women love flowers; it isn’t a stereotype. There are also some circumstances when men are gifted flowers, but it’s uncommon. Therefore, this article is generally about giving flowers to Russian women. For more help with Russian women, check out our article on 7 Cultural Differences when...

Russian Citizenship: The Easiest Passport to Get in the World

Russian citizenship is one of the most underrated passports globally for many people, and recently it has become more straightforward to obtain. According to the 2021 Henley Passport Index, which ranks every passport of the world each year, Russia is number 48 out of 110. Having a Russian passport gives access to 110 countries around the globe visa-free or visa on arrival. There are several ways to get a second passport worldwide, but for qualified...

How to Get a Russian Tourist Visa

Most nationalities require a Russian tourist visa to visit Russia. Unfortunately, the process isn’t as straightforward as it should be. Russia is a seriously underrated tourist destination, and getting a tourist visa is relatively easy. Still, it is difficult to find all the information you need to get one. Almost always, you will find guides written by Russians in less than perfect English. This article will provide you with all the information needed to apply for...

Living in Russia: 17 Things to Know Before Moving

Are you thinking about living in Russia and considering a move to Moscow or one of the other best cities to live in Russia? Living in Russia remains incredibly underrated in 2021 and it is a country full of opportunity for expats. The recent economic issues in 2014 that devalued the ruble have caused a mass exodus of expats from Moscow and other major Russian cities. The result is a market that used to...

Is it always cold in Russia? Here are the facts about Russia’s climate

Russian woman dressed for winter
As westerners, there's this preconceived notion that all of Russia is like Siberia — an endless frozen tundra. In reality, that's not the case. Today we will take a look at a few different regions of Russia, and their climates. First, the question you all came here for.Is it always cold in Russia?No, contrary to popular belief, it is not always cold in Russia. The coldest months of the year are November to March...

10 of the Best Restaurants in Moscow According to Expats

When you talk about the best restaurants in Moscow, you can ask 10 people and get 10 different lists of restaurants.That’s one of the great things about Moscow. There’s nearly an infinite list of restaurants to dine at and a continuous stream of new ones opening. Just look at the stats. In 2018 there were 12,000 restaurants and by 2020 that number grew to more than 15,000.To make this list of the best restaurants...

How Much Money Can I Make Teaching English in Russia?

If you are considering teaching English in Russia, one of your first questions will be - how much money can I make? Are you just considering a career teaching English in Russia? Check out our article on 5 Reasons You Should Teach English in Russia.The typical English teacher at one of the larger English schools in Moscow will typically start on a salary of 70,000 - 100,000 rubles (around $1000 - $1300 USD )...

Best Free Resources to Start Speaking Russian

Are you looking for the best free resources to start speaking Russian? You are in the right place!We have teamed up with Let’s Russia to host a virtual language exchange every Thursday at 8 pm Moscow time so you can learn Russian and practice speaking no matter where you live. You can sign up here. There are so many great free resources to learn Russian that you shouldn’t feel you have to pay to speak...

Teaching English in the Russian Provinces with Paul Worrow

The following article is a guest post from Paul Worrow from the United Kingdom who has taught English all over Russia. He has worked as a governor in Moscow and an English teacher in several small Russian cities for many years. He recently started a YouTube channel about Kyrgyzstan where he shows what it is like to live there. If you are looking to make significant money teaching English in Russia at language schools then...

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