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19 July 2016
Overall impression

The good things:
- frequently visited in summer by IT-specialists of various levels (Yandex, Mail.ru, Kaspersky, Creative People, RedKeds, etc.);
- a clean and warm sea with many various beaches – sand, pebbles, jasper, cliffs, shallow, deep, wild;
- polite people, and not only the military;
- around-the-clock public transportation;
- an incredible co-working space;
- rich cultural life (theatres, museums, numerous exhibitions);
- nature and city architecture (wonderful parks, architecture);
- many shopping centers (various choices at affordable prices).

The sad things:
- healthcare;
- fuel prices;
- the need to use OpenVPN servers to get around the sanctions.

Impression of local population

True patriots. Love Russia (and those aren’t just words for them) and Putin.
A new wiry type of Russians, who react positively (which is unusual) to all the hardships, which are plenty.


Subtropical climate, very mild, warm winters, 6 months of summer (end of April to October).


The city has a technical university (SevGU) with a decent base as well as various colleges, private educational institutions. Systematic training sessions, seminars and conferences by the leading event-providers in the CIS.

Quality of medicine (quality and cost)

Decent in private clinics, while the state ones are the same as elsewhere in Russia.

Language (learning of the local language and communication with the local people)

Russian constitutes 99,9%, Ukrainian can be heard very rarely.

Transport (road access, quality of roads, level of driving, gasoline cost, public transportation)

Petrol here is the most expensive in all of Russia (1l of 95 petrol cost ~38.7 rubles at the time of writing).
One trip with a taxi bus (topic) costs 8 to 11 rubles.
20 rubles at night (transportation serves all directions round-the-clock).

Car jams in summer, due to great influx of cars.

Prices (cost of living, food, entertainment)

Multiple and relatively cheap entertainment options.
Groceries cost about the same as in the Krasnodar region.

Job (search complexity, level of salary)

Finding a job isn’t a problem as long as you have a brain.

Housing (cost, availability, rent, purchase)

Buying prices start at 2 million rubles per 1 sq.m (new buildings).
Rent prices start at 15000-20000 rubles per 1 sq.m (depending on the renovations, proximity to the sea, excluding utilities).

It is better to seek landlords who don’t peg the price to the dollar and settle at once the issue of vacating the property for summer.

Realtors charge 30% to 50% for services.


A military city-fortress.

Internet access (availability, price)

Quality of services is high.
Prices are about 500-600 for 100 Mbit/sec (unlimited data plan).
There are only two cellular service providers for now – MTC and WinMobile, the rest offer service within national roaming tariffs.
3G is accessible in the center, prices are like elsewhere in Russia.
4G has been promised by the summer of 2015.

The region's economy (crisis, inflation)

The western sanctions aren’t really felt, the city lives its own life.
The economy of the city is quite autonomous from the rest of the Crimea due to its federal status.

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