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10 August 2015
Overall impression

It is ok if you work remotely – you can live without difficulties. There is one serious problem – bad ecology. The region is a zone of ecological disaster. 10 years spent here can ruin your health. But those who were born here do not care.
Proximity to the sea: There is a reservoir, but I wouldn’t recommend swimming there. Lake Baikal is not far away, and the tickets are cheap.

Attitude to foreigners

As in the zoo – people point fingers at foreigners. But the attitude towards them is quite good. Some black players once played for a local football club, they didn’t face any problems. Chinese come here on excursions.

Impression of local population

Uneducated rednecks. Basically speaking, most people who live here are descendants of criminals and other marginalized people who were sent here to construct the hydro power plant. The segregation of society is the same as in other Russian towns.


Summers are hot, winters are mild (sometimes there are frosts, but they do not last long) despite the fact that the town is considered to be situated in Far North.


There is a school, lyceum, gymnasium, technical training college and a university. The quality is below average, the prices are average (studying at the university costs 150 thousand RUR for 5 years).

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

Public transport is well developed and inexpensive. You can go where you want and when you want.
Travelling abroad: it’s easy to travel in Russia. China is not far away.

Prices (cost of living, food, entertainment)

Prices are very high on anything but housing. Prices on food are sometimes even higher than in Moscow. Salaries are low. 7-10 thousand rubles is considered to be a good salary. 15-30 thousand rubles is a good salary for IT specialist.

Housing (cost, availability, rent, purchase)

Housing is not expensive, the quality is quite good. Running water is very good – you can drink it without boiling or filtering. Hot running water is not cut off in summer. Heating season is long.


Crime rate was very high 4 years ago, there were criminals in the streets even in the daytime. Now the situation is a bit better, but crime rate is still high. However, there aren’t many serious crimes, if someone is killed -–it's big news for the town.

Women \ men (for dating)

As everywhere. Some girls are beautiful, some are not.

Internet access (availability, price)

The situation is better than average in Russia. 4-5 Mbit/s costs 700 rubles per month.

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