The spring is here! At least it should be. No more long grey days for another six months. Time to put away the warm heavy clothes and get ready for summer, although donât put the coat into storage yet; Moscowâs weather can be capriciously unpredictable.
One community of expats, which does understand Russian weather, and thus Russia, is of course the Canadians. In this issue, we are very happy to present interviews with seven of them, in our special âCanadian Section.â These interviews hopefully represent in a humble way the hopes, aspirations and the raison dâÃªtre of the Canadian community in Moscow.
In this issue Marco Bravura, a quite brilliant Italian mosaicist and sculptor presents his work, the French Marie Giral talks about adulescants, Brit David Maltby instructs on how to obtain a temporary residentsâ permit, and another Brit David Morley talks about his old rockânâroll days (David, we never knew!) and his Russian musician friend Yury Stikhanov. American Stephen Lapeyrouse sings a song of woe about moving belongings out of Russia, and the inimitable Australian David Wansbrough reveals a deep and well-kept secret about who actually runs the show here â Babushakas!
Contrary to the usual negative opinion of Moscow expat life at the present time, there are amazing events taking place. Just before we went to print, we attended the quite spectacular âMoscow Hospitality Awardsâ ceremony, in which 437 hotels took part from cities all over Russia. Some of the âEcoHotelsâ or âBoutique Hotelsâ are in cities, which I associate only with the dark old âSovDepâ days where the only hotels available were worse than terrible. Things have indeed changed. Most hospitality venues are now Russian owned and managed, but the branding is â still mostly foreign, which is an indication of our âdeep structureâ importance.
The week before, the âForeignersâ Life Exhibitionâ was held in Moscow. Surprisingly for many, this was quite a success. In short â donât write off Russia, and donât write off our involvement in this country.
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- Community News
- Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth IIâs Birthday Celebrations
in St. Andrews Anglican Church and Centre
- Russian Hospitality Awards
A salute to the Russian hospitality industry
- Social Movers
Chris Helmbrecht, Don Craig & Maria Ushakova provide tips on Moscow’s social scene.
- Moscow Networking
Moscowâs premier networking club report
- Babushkas rule our lives
Moscowâs Grannies know a thing or two
- Professor Rupert Gerzer
High-level German scientist lecturing at Skoltech
- Life is a Ride
Nikita writes about Moscow’s taxis
- A Happy Move?
Stephen Lapeyrouseâs experiences shipping belongings out of Russia
- Moscow’s Booming Psychology Industry
- Soviet Rock
A story of contrasting worlds
- Applying for a Resident’s Permit
- Adolescents in Moscow
Is growing up in Moscow really that hard as an expat child?
- International Women’s Day
- Samson the Giraffe
at Moscow Zoo
- Lou Naumovsky
Vice President and General Director of Kinross Gold Corporationâs Moscow Office and Chairman of the National Board of Directors, Canada-Eurasia-Russia Business Association (CERBA)
- Nathan Hunt
Director of Rep Office, Ronald A. Chisholm Ltd. President of CERBA
- Kelly Allin
Partner at Deloitte & Touche Moscow
and The Moscow International Sunday Hockey Group
- Neil Withers
President of the CFA Society (Chartered Financial Analyst Society) in Russia, and on the board of the Canadian Russian Business Association
- Joel Koczwarski
Canadian photographer working in Moscow
- John Schreiner
Vice President, Theatre Development. Russia, CIS, Middle East, and India, IMAX Corporation
- 50 Shades of tarmac
Driving through Latvia
Luc Jones visits Sudan
- Time to put Armenia on the Map
- Airport Lounges
How to make the best use of airport lounges
- Spartan Football Club
American Football in Moscow
- Spring Cleaning Things
Things to buy to cheer you up
- Luke Conner
Knowing your rights following lay off or redundancy. Conner & Company LLC, in association with Alexey Kokorin
- Chet Bowling
CEA of Alinga Consulting Group. Customer outreach is about creating value
- Big Data
New advances in data base technologies
- Chris Weafer’s Column
- Report from the Regions