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Anonym
10 August 2015
Overall impression

I was born and grew up here, so I am a bit subjective. Of course Moscow is not Rio-de-Janeiro. Standard of living here is higher than in other Russian cities (mainly due to many job opportunities), but there are some drawbacks: bad ecology, stress and fast pace of life.
Proximity to the sea: There are problems with that. It’s better not to swim in lakes and rivers situated in the city, so the nearest place to do that is Moscow region.

Attitude to foreigners

It depends on nationality, not citizenship.
- Attitude towards the "civilized" (Europe USE and so on) is in general good. Though, once again, in depends on appearance. – Attitude towards "not civilized" (Caucasus, Asia) is mainly negative.
- Slavs are considered as brothers, local people are very friendly with them.

Impression of local population

Population is diverse – Moscow is a huge melting pot. However, most people look gloomy and tired (at least when they commute). Most people are suspicious, fussy and not sociable, but if you manage to talk with them, you may find pleasant companions.
There are many rednecks.

Climate

In summer (may-august) – it is hot with temperatures up to 33 degrees, spring (March-April) and autumn (September-November) – are cold and wet. Winters (December-February) – vary from 0 to -30 degrees... Last several winters have been warm.

Education

There are many colleges and universities, including those for technicians and plenty of aviation institutes. The quality of education is not very high, people study in them for practice, outlook and diploma itself. If you want to become a good specialist you need to attend courses and study yourself.

Quality of medicine (quality and cost)

Free medicine has low quality. Hospitals are overcrowded. My impression is that the speed of the ambulance depends on whether you scare them with your call or not. Here are some examples:
- My granny who was 76 years old. There was something wrong with her hip, she couldn’t even walk. We suspected hip fracture and called in the ambulance. They came in 4 hours when we were already going to bed.
- My mother has suffered appendicitis. There were no beds at the hospital, so she stayed in the corridor after the surgery.
- My father had a heart attack several years ago. The ambulance arrived quickly and took him to a good hospital – without any bribes. They managed to save his life.

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

Russian. English (upper intermediate) is often required for IT work.

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

The roads are overloaded. Despite the fact that local authorities build new junctions and extend the roads they still have poor quality. It is normal here to lay asphalt in the rain. For a city citizen there’s no need to own a car. The bus is required to get to the metro only.
Metro is the main transport here, though in the rush hours it’s overcrowded. It’s being constructed constantly.
Travelling abroad: most foreign countries require a visa. What concerns neighboring countries, my friends advice to visit Belarus.

Prices (cost of living, food, entertainment)

High prices compensate high salaries. Everything depends on your needs. Utilities payment is around 4000 RUR per month, monthly pass is 2300 RUR per month, pizza delivery at home – 600 RUR, a ticket to the cinema – 600 RUR. Drinking a beer in a bar with friends will cost you around 5000 RUR. What concerns prices on food, they differ: there are shops with cheap low-quality food, and there are shops with premium food that costs 4-5 times more. 1 kg of pork costs from 600 RUR.

Job (search complexity, level of salary)

There are many work places, especially in IT sphere.
- Those who want to earn a lot need to go to IT branches of non-IT companies (banks etc.):
1) Juniors get paid from 50 thousand RUR,
2) Good specialists get paid around 100 thousand RUR. в
- Those who want to do science there are lots of research institutes, the salary is much lower there:
1) Juniors get paid from 30 thousand RUR. It’s a good variant for students.
2) Good specialists get paid around 70 thousand RUR, there’s strong demand on good specialists.

Housing (cost, availability, rent, purchase)

Buying a home seems almost hopeless. You might do it only on credit if you’re married and you both have good salaries. Rental fee starts from 30 thousand RUR for one bedroom apartment.

Crime

I personally haven’t faced it.
There are many rednecks, especially in the south of the city. They are dangerous only in the evenings in deserted places. They won’t kill or maim, but might harm. People say there are drug addicts, but I’ve never met them. Bribery is everywhere – without it Moscow is not Moscow. Everyone takes bribes.

Women \ men (for dating)

Some are really ugly, some are very pretty. It is easy to get acquainted in the street or in a bar if you are persistent. Most girls are too concerned about social status and have unreasonably inflated self-esteem. My friends who often go abroad say our girls lose all points to foreign ones.

Internet access (availability, price)

The internet is very accessible. There’s a good choice. What concerns cellular internet, I’d love to highlight unlimited Yota – I use it and I like it.

The region's economy (crisis, inflation)

This year inflation is quite big, and salaries do not keep up with it.

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