According to official estimates, 3,000 Italians live in Russia â 2,000 of them in Moscow. The numbers are actually much higher, since many Italians travel back and forth between the two countries, especially for business.
It is a small but vibrant community, made of businesspeople, diplomats, academics, artists, and students â or those who are passionate about this fascinating country.
Italyâs ties with Russia are indeed deep and strong. We rank as second trade partner, with more than 400 Italian companies operating in Russia in many different sectors. Italy is among the top destination for Russian tourists. There is between our peoples a sense of a common history and of a great shared culture â not to mention a feeling of sympathy that spontaneously brings us together.
I hope that this issue of âMoscow expat Lifeâ will help to highlight the richness and the diversity of the Italian community in Moscow. Being an expat myself, I can only wish you âbuona letturaâ!