Protesting Trump by getting a job in Moscow

Published:  31 Aug at 6 PM
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Rejecting Trump presidency by emigrating to Moscow

Protesting Trump by inding a job in Moscow

Could the ultimate personal rejection of the Trump presidency persuade prospective expats to seek work in Moscow?

Recent articles charting a rise in enquiries from USA citizens wanting to emigrate since Trump was elected don’t mention Moscow as a favourite destination, but for those who truly hate the man, finding a job in Moscow would seem to be the ultimate in protest techniques. However, it’s not the cheapest world city for expats, so a few calculations might be in order before accepting a posting.

Finding suitable expat accommodation in the Russian capital can be a challenge, with prices and facilites dependent on location. If you’re living on the cheap, a single room in a shared suburban condo is the way to go, costing upwards from $253 per month for basic furnishings and facilities. If a more convenient location is essential and attractive furnishings a must, studio and one-bedroomed apartments will set you back from around $507 outside the central districts and as much as $1,859 in the downtown area.

Commuting in Moscow takes time and a sizeable slice of your monthly income, with the cheapest option a pass valid for a month, useable on all types of public transport, and costing $33. Three-month passes are $84, saving you $17. For those who aren’t planning to get around a lot, a Troika card entitling you to discounts on regular fares. Keen cyclists can rent bikes at $10 a month, but the snowy, freezing Russian winters aren’t exactly suited to cycling. Taxis are reasonably priced, but Moscow’s horrendous traffic jams are the downside unless you’ve allowed extra time.

The cost of eating out varies according to taste and wallet, with lunch at around $3 to $8 and an evening meal at a good restaurant setting you back from $17 to $33. A quick coffee on the way to work will cost £2 to $5, with McDonalds and local cafes cheaper by far than Starbucks and other similar chains.

Moscow is a hub for music, theatre and even circuses as well as movie theatres, ensuring you’ll never need to be bored in the evening. Booking in advance gives considerable savings, with even the world-famous Bolshoi Theatre reasonably priced at £84 to $118. Another, very Russian, way to spend an evening is bar-hopping, with prices of beers and cocktails varying according to location and style.
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