We are in the middle of a full-blown crisis. Not for the first time. There have been many periods since the founding of modern Russia in 1991, which have been described as âchallengingâ by expats who lived through them. There were the Chechen Wars, Georgia, terrorist attacks, the 1998 financial crisis and its aftermath, to list the most memorable. But this is different and probably more serious, as it includes psychological aspects, not âonlyâ long-lasting economic devastation.
Recent reports that huge quantities of expats have been leaving Russia in the western mainstream media struck me as being odd me as there have not been more than 3,000 Italians, for example, living here since 1999, yet Russian media outlet reported that 20,000 Italians have left over the past year. Western media didnât bother to check the accuracy of the reports, that included tourists, and there were stories of a mass exodus of expats from Russia. The overall numbers of expats has actually shrunk by 15-20% over the past year, according to the 5 relocation companies and 3 schools that I personally talked to over the past two weeks. The embassies that keep records confirmed these figures.
As Sophocles pointed out in the 5th century before Christ: âWhat people believe prevails over the truthâ. What do you think about the present crisis? We sent our questionnaires to a wide cross section of expats and asked how the crisis is affecting their work and life styles. Moscow expat Life publisher Kim Waddoup has complied an article on the results, and this important statement, covers all of 10 pages! Whilst on the subject of the crisis, Sophia Tupolev has written a revealing article on how much food prices have really risen in Moscow since August of last year.
The Irish community may be small in numbers here in Moscow, but they certainly are not small in impact. They punch well above their size, with Irish in key positions in the Moscow financial worlds, in business, and now in teaching. Furthermore, Ireland, as David Pearce explains, has historical links with Russia that many of us are unaware of. In this issue the âAngleskiâ Alexandre Rogan takes us on a car journey to Latvia, and includes various personal embellishments based on his own personal understanding of Russia. I do hope that this magazine is something that you enjoy reading.
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- Social Movers
Chris Helmbrecht & Maria Ushakova provide tips on where to go.
- News & Announcements
Whatâs happening in Moscow, new appointments & general information
- Wirtschaftsclub Russland Event
- Don Craig
A Moscow legend speaks about his new bar
- 5th Annual Auski Plunge
Brave souls take the plunge
- IWC Charities Group
Charities supported by the International Womenâs Club
- A year abroad at Moscow’s best acting school
An exchange student’s tales of Moscow life!
- Scottish Winter Dancing in Moscow
Try the highland fling
- Nikita. London and Moscow Rules!
Follow the rules!
- Christmas Truce Football Match
- Angelski’ Driver Heads for Latvia
Alexander Rogan on the road
- Simon Green’s Moscow
A warning to all expats
The Irish Community:
- The Irish Ambassador
Eoin OâLeary, Ambassador of Ireland, Moscow
- The 2014 White Ball
Raising money for the charity ‘To Children with Love’
- Avril Conway
Chairperson of the Irish Business Club
- Niall Carlton, Hugh McEnaney
- David Pearce
- Tony Watkins
- Kat Clinch
- The Crisis
In this issue our lead story is the âCrisisâ. If you are being affected by the political situations you will find a great deal of advice from long-term expats in leading positions.
How Much Have Food Prices Risen?
Luc Jones on ‘Learning Russian’
Russian âVertepâ Nativity Theatres
Novorrossiyisk, Southern Russia, LATE 1997
Motorsport in Russia
Moscow Dragons RFC
Ree Van Dijk, The Art of Personal Packaging
The Atlas Medical Centre
For Hay Fever Sufferers
- Tim Millard
Known unknowns â or uncertainty is a certainty
- Richard Knight
A Passion for Quality
- Sebastian and St. James
International Financial Advisers Limited
- Chris Weafer
‘Buckle Up, It’s Going to be a Tough Ride’
- BIS Opens New School
The British International School Opens New Campus in North Moscow
- Flying Bananas!
The one and only Native English theatre for children!
- Is Baku the Future?
Azerbaijanâs capital on the Caspian coast has a lot to offer
Moscow Good Food Club:
- The Ritz Carlton
A superbly organised and excellent gastronomic experience