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Long term move to Russia, is it smart?

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Hi,

Wondering if any of the Russian experts can give me their opinion.

The organization I work for is opening offices in both Russia and Moldova... I'm thinking of taking the job as I speak Russian and enjoy that part of the world.

Considering what is going on as of late, with Georgia, Poland Nato and all the rhetoric going around, do you think it would be foolish to move to Russia? Do you believe there is a chance for US-Russian ties to completely severe?

Would it be smarter to go to a place like Moldova?

Obviously it's hard to tell, but I was hoping some of the political mavens might have some helpful opinions.

We are US citizens btw...

Thanks

Phoenix, Arizona
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I lived in Rostov Na Donu, (Russia) for a time and I can state that you will get no grief from the Russian people. They know that the gov will do what it wants, and there is nothing that they can do about it! (Sounds like America). I do not think anything will come of America & or NATO's dealings with Putin, (who still runs everything in Russia). What can the U S or nato do but wave their tounge at Russia? They are not going to drop nuke's of course. I think a bigger problem is the U S setting up missile defence systems in poland and such. Putin does not like this at all. (He was cheif of the KGB, and has never denounced the Soviet Union and or what it did or stood for)! I would not worry about it. The cost of living in Moscow is very high. Moldova is the poorest country in europe. So it is very cheap to live there. I think Moldova would be much more layed back then Moscow? But Moldova could be very borring? The choice is yours. I think the U S and Russia will end up talking less. Just like in the good old cold war years?

Virginia Beach...
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I would agree with American in Moscow as Russian in America:))

Take it, but negotiate your salary as much as you can since Moscow expensive. You will never forget this experience as you lucky to get this offer.

Good Luck whenever you choose.

Kent, United Kingdom
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As a Brit living & working in Moscow since the start of the year, with a wife and daughter, the recent events and deteriation of relations between Russia and Britain have had no impact on us whatsoever in our daily lives.

By the way, as I'm no longer 'Parisexpat', has anyone figured out how we can change our screen names without creating a new profile?

Bialystok, Poland
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It all depends how the situation develops, what line of business you are in etc etc. I would say watch the situation for the time being; wait fot the next EU meeting 9/8? re possible EU reply to Moscow's aggression. Wait until Cheney comes back to the US and see Moscow's reaction. You should also put some clauses in the contract about possibly cancelling your contract and in what circumstences etc etc. Study the BP-TKN recent developments !

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Russian 'aggression', Natalinska? Give us a break! The whole issue is a lot more complicated than you have seen on your TV.

ChikkyMonkey - If you continue studying US-Russian relations, then you may never make up your mind as they fluctuate all the time and will NEVER be easy (two biggest boys on the block can never be friends, can they). If you are interested in doing this, just try to negotiate a good salary and relocation package, as it can be expensive in both places, especially if you want to have a standard of living similar to what you are used to. Prepare wisely, and you won't regret it.

Moldova may be interesting, but probably too remote for anything else than a bit of local exotic, and indeed very poor.

Moscow will be expensive, large, traffic-chocked, polluted, but also rich in culture, history, cuisine and anything you want. Importantly, if you really have interest in exploring this part of the world, Moscow is centrally located and well connected to most of the xUSSR and the rest of the globe. So, you can go in and out more easily, travel to other places in Russia, Ukraine etc.

I think the whole thing about Georgia has been already played out in full in the US election, so unless they do smth stupid again, it's likely to be forgotten quite soon (it's already gone from the headlines, anyway).

Try reading this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Living-Working-Abroad-Moscow/dp/1857333004/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1220950947&sr=8- , it's a fun introduction into what you are thinking of.

Moscow, Russia
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You really want move to Russia?

If you want to make big money - you stupid.

If you want a quiet long live - it's wrong way.

How can you know whether you will be able to live in Russia? it's simple:

All depends on you, you is hero or not? Here, in Russia, survive only real heroes, all other die long time ago (see our history...)! Nobody except us here will not be able to survive.

But here you have a chance that you are full internal force change. In better or worse depends on you and God, but you have changed.

Russia is not country, Russia is the Test, measured by life.

Maybe it high-but, but it is.

And yet we have cheap beer, cognac, vodka and absent. Rock'n roll live here too.

And of course we have fun! Sometimes, it is very fun!

oslo
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ChikkyMonkey. I really don't understand what Piter GS means. First of all, you are not moving to Moscow you are going to work there. And it is not YOU who is going to do big money but your company :-) May be it will be not so easy at the beginning. But you can speak Russian and "enjoy that part of the world". It is your opportunity to "try" Russia. Don't miss you chance. Some of my friends worked in Moscow and they are not disappointed.

Moscow, Russia
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I just wanted to say that life in Russia is not easy, but interesting. But you must have a certain amount Feelings of humor. :)

Krakow, Poland
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Hi,

Maybe I'm not a Russian expert but I'm from Poland and I totally understand what you are worried about but I can ensure you that there is nothing to afraid of.

I've been to Russia and Moscow twice (for over a month). I love this place and I hope to go there once again. If I had a possibility to work there, I wouldn't hesitate.

If you speak Russian, you will have no problem at all. (Russian people don't like when you "attack" them with any other language , especially English). People are hospitable and kind. The only drawback is prices but only if you're accustomed to exclusive life.

As for the politics, for example, the unfriendly attitude towards Poland created by the goverment is not seen in"normal life". People ask abut the political things but they don't judge you and it's fair cause it is NOW my fault that our politicians create such atmosphere.

In my opinion, when you obey some general rules (and it doesn't matter if you are in Russia, Poland, USA etc.), you'll be welcomed everywhere.

To sum up, my advice is: GO FOR IT :)

good luck

Krakow, Poland
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PS. I mean: "It is NOT (not "NOW") my fault that our politicians create such atmosphere" sorry ;)

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