Mozambique Independence Day


Photographs and text by David Mercer

On 25 June 2015, the Mozambique Embassy under the guidance of the Mozambique Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Mr. Mario Saraiva Ngwenya, celebrated the Mozambique Independence Day. This holiday celebrates the day when Mozambique gained its independence from Portugal in 1975.

After World War II the colonies of Portugal were not granted independence and they were declared to be overseas territory. Many other African countries one by one gained independence from their protectorates. This wave led to the Mozambican War of Independence that lasted from 1964 to 1974.

Mozambique gained independence when Portugal’s Estado Novo regime was replaced by the National Salvation Junta. This event changed political views in Portugal enabling the end of the war in Mozambique and led to its independence on June 25, 1975.

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The 4th annual Aussie Down Under Charity Ball


The 4th annual Aussie Down Under Charity Ball 2015, held on April 18th at Moscow’s Radisson Royal Hotel Ukraina, was a phenomenal success!

The hotel’s opulent interiors immediately set the mood for an unprecedented evening; while kangaroo projections leaping across the walls added the finishing Aussie touches.

The guest of honour this year was Australian boxing legend Kostya Tzu and his lovely wife Tanya.

Gabe, the Aussie cowboy was in fine form as always, showing his MC-ing and auctioneering prowess as well as performing classic Australian rock with renowned Aussie musician David Peachey.

The menu touted succulent Australian lamb, proudly supplied by MLA.

Amongst the multitude of prizes offered; the charity raffle also displayed the traditional Lotus BBQ grill by Kostya Tzu, the ‘Aussie Survival Pack’, comprising a Techni-Ice cooler box, full of Aussie goodies and genuine Aussie Blundstone boots. While the auction offered Aboriginal paintings and a boomerang.

Breaking last year’s record once again, the evening raised 3.7 million roubles for ‘BBBS Russia’ – Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program helps Russia’s forgotten children to assimilate social skills and responsibilities, preparing them for adulthood.

British Business Club Networking Event – Jan 29, 2015

The British Business Club held a networking event on the evening of Jan 29, 2016.

The event was held at Steve Conway’s Irish Bar, Katie O’Shae’s.    There were lots of home snacks, some drinks and good company, plus Katie’s had a DJ spinning his discs (or maybe, more, pressing his buttons) from 21:00 onwards.

See below for the pictures that were taken by Moscow expat Life’s photographer at this event.


InterNations – ‘New Place, New Hopes, New Chances!’

Inter Nation’s first event of 2015 was held on January 15th.    Here are some of the pictures our photographer captured of this networking event.


The Big 20 – Papa Don Craig’s 20th anniversary in Russia

papa-don-craig“What does today this mean for you?”

“Today? It’s Wednesday!”

“What’s living in Russia like?”

“It’s not like anything. I’m still trying to figure out why I came here in the first place. I’m here, I’ve made the best out of it, and made a life here.”

“Any regrets?”


“Is there anything you want to say to the world on this great day?”

“Come visit me.


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Casa Agava 1st Year Birthday Party

Photos by Olga Samsonova

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