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Moscow, a city of contrast and rapid development, has thrown open its doors to business and tourism alike since the collapse of the Soviet Empire. The city has become the epicenter of New Russia, soaring sky scrapers stand along side ancient monasteries, while Muscovite’s stream through the streets coping capitals around the world – working hard and playing hard.

Moscow is situated in the heart of what is know as European Russia. The prominent Red Square sits on the east side of the city, while the Moscow river washes along the south side. The city is made up of four distinct plains of development, each hosting a selection of museums, monasteries and ornate buildings ready to dazzle the passer by.

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Living in Moscow

Written by an expat living in Moscow for over 15 years, this comprehensive guide is a must-have for those living or moving to Moscow.

The preferred information-source for the foreign diplomatic, business and professional community in Moscow. Site-members come to the website for authoritative and informed views on local news, analytics, health, real estate, lifestyle, sport and cultural events.


A portal of information and classified ads ranging from apartment swaps to jobs. It is also a great link to other international locations.

Moscow In Your Pocket

Need any information on what to do, where to eat, and where to go out on your expat adventure in Moscow? In Your Pocket guides are great resources to get you started in your new home.

Passport Magazine

Passport Moscow is a lifestyle magazine, which also prints topical features on business, real estate and current affairs.

Moscow Life

A good old fashioned, easy to navigate website providing visitors and expats alike information on entertainment and Moscow living.

Move One InMotion

Whether it be relocations, immigration, moving or pet transportation, Move One’s InMotion blog is a savvy source of info for expats on the move.

Daily News

Moscow Times

The Moscow Times is an online English news publication. It reports daily on business, political and cultural news, and also hosts classified advertisements.

The Moscow News Weekly

Another popular news site dedicated to expats living in Moscow and beyond.


Russia’s state-run media outlet.  Interfax focuses more on the business side of things.

Safety and Security

Being the seventh largest city in the world, it experiences the usual petty crimes you would expect in any major capital. Crimes against foreigners are not unheard of, so it is worth doubling up on common sense and paying close attention to your surroundings. Be aware that women and small children, as well as men, can be pickpockets.

For more information and advice about personal security, visit your respective country’s website:

U.S. Department of State
UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes
German Embassy


The word Moscow conquers up images of snow, freezing conditions and fur coats. None the less, there are 4 distinct seasons and you’ll find a fresh and warm environment through the spring and summer months.

Find a temperature chart for average weather conditions here.

If you need to purchase additional items of clothing, we recommend you stock up before you move. Then you will be familiar with the quality, cost and options available. Quite often you find there is little difference in the pricing and you can spend a lot of time looking for exactly what you require when it was easily available to you at home. For advice on what to pack, and what clothing items you’ll need, click here.

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