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Russia is a mixed bag. According to the annual Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ( OECD) Better Life Index, the country ranks below average in environmental quality, health status of its citizens and subjective well-being. Indeed, living in

Russia can be difficult for the expat. The weather is harsh, the cities are full of pollution, the government bureaucracies are often unresponsive and unhelpful, and the crime rate is high (at least by European standards). Of course, all of this doesn’t mean that Russia has nothing to offer the expatriate. This is far from the truth. Moscow is a hustling and bustling cosmopolitan metropolis full of western products and luxuries, distinctive architecture, incredible restaurants, shopping malls, clubs, entertainment venues and cultural institutions. Unlike Moscow, Saint Petersburg is an elegant and more refined city, often referred to as the “Venice of the north”. Few cities on Earth are its equal in beauty, history and high culture.

Satisfying sites on lifestyle in Russia

expatinfodesk-russia    expatarrivals–moscow     moscow-angloinfo    oecd-russian

numbeo-russia    inyourpocket-moscow     expatica     rbth-lifestyle     wayto-russia     expat

Cost of Living

Cost of living

Russia is generally an expensive location for the western expatriate. Indeed, Moscow is considered as one of the most expensive cities on the European continent. According to’s July 2016 report, the cost of living in Russia is higher than the international average. This usually becomes apparent to the expat when purchasing any number of goods and services including household accommodations and furnishings, clothing, groceries and restaurant meals. Still, prices vary widely within Russia between regions and cities and between urban centers and rural areas. Irregardless, if an international teacher desires to relocate to Russia and enjoy all its splendor, they are encouraged to negotiate a generous compensation plan that is commensurate with the local living expenses.

Satisfying sites on cost of living in Russia

xpatulator-russia     xpatulator-moscow     st-petersburg     expatarrivals-russia

numbeo-russia     numbeo-moscow     pravda-russia



Being such a large country it is difficult to generalise about the climate. However as a rule summers are relatively hot and winters can get very cold. Northern & Central European Russia have the most varied climate, which is usually milder on the Baltic coast. In southern European Russia winters are shorter than in the north with hot dry summers and cold winters, however the areas around the black sea have milder winters and  year round rainfall.

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Visa Restrictions

Visa Restrictions

If you want to work in Russia, you will need to be registered and get a work permit. These are  issued by the Federal Migration Service . You will also need to acquire a temporary work permit. However if you already have a temporary or full residence permit you will not need to get a separate work permit.

Once you have secured a job offer in Russia your school will help you navigate this process and provide some of the documentation you will require. Other documents such as you Police clearance and Degree certificate will be your responsibility to attest and supply. This process can take some time, and often causes delays in the issuing of visas.

Further information and advise is available here…

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

The political and security status of countries around the world is constantly changing, to keep up with the current situation in any country please monitor the relevant Government websites and international news. The links below also provide useful indicators for prospective travelers:

The UK Foreign Office     US State Department     BBC World News     Al Jazeera     Moscow Times