Cost of Living in Moscow

Summary about cost of living in Moscow:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 600.00 руб 450.00-880.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 2,500.00 руб 2,000.00-3,288.28
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 350.00 руб 250.00-400.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 100.00 руб 60.00-220.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 165.00 руб 100.00-300.00
Cappuccino (regular) 169.54 руб 120.00-220.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 57.26 руб 40.00-120.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 42.40 руб 25.00-100.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 245.77 руб 189.27-302.83
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 35.83 руб 27.22-48.08
Rice (white), (1 lb) 30.48 руб 22.68-40.82
Eggs (regular) (12) 75.08 руб 60.00-98.65
Local Cheese (1 lb) 249.26 руб 158.76-362.87
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 128.11 руб 104.33-144.70
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 237.79 руб 181.44-272.16
Apples (1 lb) 41.85 руб 31.75-58.97
Banana (1 lb) 27.14 руб 22.68-34.93
Oranges (1 lb) 37.52 руб 27.22-54.43
Tomato (1 lb) 65.44 руб 45.36-113.40
Potato (1 lb) 15.26 руб 11.34-22.68
Onion (1 lb) 12.72 руб 7.46-18.14
Lettuce (1 head) 76.01 руб 50.00-120.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 45.52 руб 30.00-65.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 525.00 руб 400.00-800.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 64.83 руб 50.00-80.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 124.62 руб 90.00-170.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 140.00 руб 120.00-150.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 50.00 руб 36.00-55.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 2,000.00 руб 1,750.00-2,075.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 100.00 руб 99.00-190.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 16.09 руб 14.48-32.19
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 540.00 руб 420.00-780.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 170.18 руб 158.99-175.45
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,100,000.00 руб 800,000.00-1,400,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,162,873.68 руб 975,000.00-1,300,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 7,491.82 руб 5,312.50-10,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.94 руб 1.00-3.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 472.85 руб 350.00-600.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 2,976.46 руб 1,666.67-5,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,899.21 руб 1,000.00-3,500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 400.00 руб 350.00-500.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 31,458.91 руб 20,000.00-50,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 629,488.88 руб 300,000.00-1,200,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 5,445.16 руб 3,500.00-7,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 2,883.23 руб 1,900.00-4,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 5,621.80 руб 4,000.00-8,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 7,598.97 руб 5,000.00-10,999.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 57,180.77 руб 45,000.00-80,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 33,930.90 руб 30,000.00-40,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 117,643.73 руб 85,000.00-150,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 64,324.67 руб 50,000.00-80,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 29,421.35 руб 20,754.37-46,451.13
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 14,698.12 руб 11,087.59-18,580.45
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 61,697.09 руб
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.23 9.00-12.00

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57 Comments so far

#user_name on Oct 23, 2018 :
Is 190,000 rubles per month enough for four-person family when renting a two-room apartment?
#Moscower on Oct 16, 2018 :
The prices shown here are quite real. Its a pity this resouce cannot show price for taxi and airport-center transportation, these prices are quite important for tourists. Anyway, it is a great help for foreigners.
#Kamran khan on Sep 14, 2018 :
Hello there
How are you
I hope you are fine there
I want to ask you that i want to export spices black paper red chilli and ginger powder etc same lik that things in ruusia from pakistan.
I want to know price and detail of usings of that how much ??
#to Alexander on Aug 30, 2018 :
What a pathetic troll :D
It's 68K RUB in Moscow according to RU sources, that equals to 1K USD:
#Alexander on Aug 21, 2018 :
Average salary in Moscow was 104 000 roubles (1800 $) at the end of 2017 according official data from Ministry of statistics. You can google it. Mow rouble dropped but I suggest that the salaries apparently increased . So anyway it remains not less yhan 1600 $.
#Greg on Aug 17, 2018 :
How much can I earn working at a troll factory with good knowledge of English and French?
#Sergei Goncharov on Aug 05, 2018 :
The prices given here are nothing like the real prices in Moscow. Everything is actually more expensive. Stockholm is considered very expensive, the prices there are exactly the same as in Moscow. Something’s even cheaper. Be ready for it. And the average monthly salary here is much less than $1000, I think it’s $650.
#PRATAP DAYAL on Jul 28, 2018 :
What is the cost various dry fruits llen walnut and cashews.
#Anonymous on Jul 02, 2018 :
Taxi fares in Moscow are usually combined of three parts:

Pre-Start price, which already includes some distance and time (so if the trip is short, you sometimes can only pay this price), it’s about 99 rubles;
Fare for the distance travelled (and you should check, but usually it’s between 9 and 12 rubles per km);
Fare for the duration of the trip (on top of the fare for the distance we pay also for the time), and it’s about 9 rubles per minute.

If the taxi driver has to wait for you for longer than the accepted time (like 3 minutes), then you also pay for the waiting time, and as far as I remember, it’s around 3 rubles per minute.

But check it please, our most popular taxi service in Moscow is Yandex Taxi (
#NoahMorley on May 24, 2018 :
I will be visiting Moscow for a week, I already take care of Airplane Ticket and Hotel I would like to know how much money($$) I need for food eating or buying food in Supermarkets Thanks for any suggestion...Noah
#Snorry on Apr 26, 2018 :
Well... I live in Khimki, its cross the road from Moscow, and here cost of living isnt too high, aa I spend around 8000 rubels per month for my flat of 40 sq.m. and for food, which is a lot cheaper, than stated. For example, loaf of white bread (well, I dont know how fresh it is, but its still palatable) is only 15 rubels, milk is around 40-50 rub, rice is around 50, eggs are around 60 per dozen, fine oranges could be found for 60 rub and 1,5 l of water (carbonated or not) is less than 20 r. Basic vegetables - onion, potato, carrot and cabbage - usually are around 0,5$ and for sure less than 1$ per kilo. Just dont be shy and go to large network market stores like Pyatiorochka, Ashan, Perekriostok or Magnit. Even if you would not like those stores and their goods, you will find what average Russians used to eat.
As of average salary, it is not 72 and even 60 thousand. but around 30-40 thousands. And I havent got more than 35 a month in all my life. But of course, those you can meet at restaurants or cafes are upper class and are paid better.
#ahmed jamal on Mar 03, 2018 :
Hello everyone, i'm planning to visit Saint Petersburg next month in a project for 3 months. what i really wanted to know the budget for me per month as i want the friendly budget options, also want to ask if there is a way to make some money to cover my staying expenses during the 3 months as i worked as an architect.

many thanks again ..
#John on Jan 02, 2018 :
Average salary in Moscow in 2017 is RUB 72k, this however vary a lot from the particular role, most educated people working in finance/IT earn around RUB 150k-200k net per month (these are my company salaries we had in 2016 for mid range managers). Rent expense vary a lot, you can easily get studio in decent condition for $30k a month near metro but in the suburbs, I had 2 bed appt in Sokol district (nice one) for RUB 55k. Food is generally good and cheap (cheaper than in my home in Canada, BC ), just look for local one and traditional one, seasonal fruits/vegs are amazing. Best shops to purchase quality food are Vkuswille, local markets (Danilovsky, Leningrdasky) and big super markets like Karusel and etc. There are few expensive grocerys like Azbuka Vkusa and Globus Grume, but I think it is not worth of spending big buck there for same you can get in other places. All related to kids sports and education is super cheap and cannot even be compared to US/Canada . Private hospitals are western standard and relatively cheap, including dentistry, make sure your employer provide good insurance than it will be almost zero coin to spend. Transport is also cheap and extremely reliable (buy card Troyka which can be used for various transportation types), yet very packed during the rush hour. Clothing and kids toys are twice more expensive than in US/Europe, I would recommend to buy things while travelling. Fuel same as US price, taxi is super cheap and good, just use UBER/Yandex taxi apps and never ever catch a car on the street. Mobile/internet just cost nothing, you can get 10 GB plan with unlimited calls for 10 bucks or less, quality is amazing.
#D on Jan 02, 2018 :
Edible sausage from 1500 rub per 1 Kg. Average prices for meat products
#D on Jan 02, 2018 :
Basic for 85m2 Apartment (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) + overhaul (mandatory payment, in 2017 equals 1445 rub) = 11000-15000 rub
#D on Jan 02, 2018 :
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) + overhaul (mandatory payment) in 2017 85*17 rub = 1445 rub for 85m2 is 11000-15000 rub
#AEC CORPORATION on Nov 03, 2017 :
I have only been to Russia once. The first place I went right after the long trip out there, (which, about 14 hours btw, from September to February, it's cheaper to fly... like a third of the cost we're talking 500.00 round trip compared to Peek time which is around 1400 to 1800 round trip. ) my wife and I went to Saint Petersburg. OMG, amazing! Worth the 9 hour train ride. We went on a romantic boat ride to see all the architectural buildings all lit up, and all the bridges lit up. Putin's version of the white house, but much more extravagant!!! I believe we paid around 500 roubles each. If you speak fluent Russian, you'll get your tickets cheaper. If you can't speak Russian, everything is more expensive!! They sometimes triple the cost, because US money is worth quite a bit more. 100.00 is about 6000 roubles. But a pack of Marlboro cigarettes, that are from Russia, which has way less chemicals than the Marlboro's the US have, are only $.98 that's right, less than a dollar. They have pretty gruesome photos on their packs of cigarettes that will remind you every cig you have, that you should quit!! Any way, the old castles, mansions, museums, which ever, are wonderful to see how the rich lived Many years ago. WOW!!! MOSCOW was an amazing city. The subway architect, the wonderful museums, the restaurants are all pretty amazing. Their food, at home and in the restaurants, taste so much better because everything is much more fresh. When you live there, you are going grocery shopping every day or every other day because there are not preservatives in all the food so it had to be eaten within a couple of days. Ut just depends on the season. If you buy from mom and pop store, most don't use preservatives... back in the 80's, there were no preservatives. Milk you can still buy from the farmers in the area...3 litres of cow milk 130 roubles, goat milk is about 130 for one litre. You bring it home, boil it, then put it back in the old glass milk jugs that back in the day were delivered by the milk man, (but then to many married wives were getting more than milk from the milk men when their husbands were that was told to us by a Russian native on a tour bus... trying to make a joke, because Russians are usually very quiet and have a stern way of talking... that makes you think as US citizens and other countries think this as well, That when Russians talk,they sound so pissed off, but they are not!! It's just how they sound, however, most Russians are straight to the point, don't sugar coat anything and don't beat around the bush!! If you break down on the side of the road in Ivanteevka,just outside of Moscow about 30 minutes North East,everybody and their grandmother, including the police, Will stop to help you get back on the road or help push you of the road until you can get a tow truck... will drive to a gas station for you and bring you back gas, water, oil, what ever you need for the quick fix, even if you have no money. If it's not too far, under a mile or two, they'll(usually like five people) push your car all the way to the gas station. I would have to say that 80% off the people walk at least for twenty minutes a day. A lot ride bikes in the summer time. Public transportation widely used Moscow... the train is used a lot. You don't see puck up trucks. Box trucks are used for businesses. My wife rents out an apartment in Moscow for 800usd a month. Moscow is pretty expensive compared to income, but the outskirts, the same apartment would be 450 USD. Anyway, I love the people in Russia. I guess there are racist in every country, but from my experience, far and in between. Got along with most even in the late hour bars. Closing the bar there, is 5 or 6 am..... just in time to go to work!!! Hope this was helpful a little, but I definitely want to visit again!!
#Oleg on Oct 31, 2017 :
Yeah...I think the monthly income number is probably beefed up a bit to give impression that people live better. I can not imagine monthly average being $1000. But again, Russian government is known for its trolls and so called Kremlin Troll Factory, so I am not surprised. In my estimation the true income level s probably between 600-700$...
#Moscow citizen on Sep 16, 2017 :
Moscow of 1970 year and Moscwo of 2017 year - great degradation in all fields:
1. policemen are mainly in the subway, at the streets these are absent and usually they come when crime is ready,
so you must have defense before;
2. food in city markets is of low quality - You must visit many shops to buy eatable food, and of hogh prices is sometime falcificated, for example cheese - 80% falcificated - official TV an Rospotrebnadzor data, yes such paradox; many food with expired quality is in sale, be carefool; some food categories are dangerous becaue of addinf different chemical substances instead of materials, especially: sausages, sweets, juices, wines, bakery, be carefool;
3. medical service is completely corruptioned - they want to know you money sum in Your pocket and use it for not necessary "analyses", investigation and medical drugstore comissional premium; as the result of such medical level degredation those who must care for national healthcare use for themselves European clinics instead of Moscow - for example he delivered Alina Kabayeva in the Germany for child birth, because in all Russia was not any normal clinic for them.
Very very sad to obzerve degradation of life level here
#Giovanna Affuso on Apr 10, 2017 :
Hello everyone! Since I am going to spend three month in Moscow to study russian, I would like to know which is the average cost I could have per month (not including the accomodation) Thank you a lot!
#Arthur on Mar 26, 2017 :
Please find me a flat for 3000$ in the center. Buying tomorrow.

"After the crisis the real cost of things like renting an apartment is:

cost per 1 month
1 bedroom $250 / $600 (in center)
3 bedroom $500 / $900 (in center)

price per square meter is: $1500 / $3000 (in center) "
#Bed parkash on Feb 21, 2017 :
can we maintain our life style by
salary in moscow? & what about hostel fee?
#Anonymous on Jan 18, 2017 :
country for survive, rent 60-70% of median salary in any region
#Susan T. on Jan 14, 2017 :
Please compare your Distribution of expenses using our statistical model next to the USA Distribution of expenses. This way people will understand how much Russia has improved and where it needs to go.
#Anonymous on Jan 08, 2017 :
Right now, people spend about half of their salary on food. Rent 20000-50000 rubles per month average salary 42000 rubles per month. Cost of living: 40-50k rubles per month
#Alex on Oct 27, 2016 :
Shut up, Russia is good if you know how to live properly.
I'm a Russian and I can speak English better than some of the people in Australia!

You Patriots
#Shahvir on Oct 23, 2016 :
It all depends on what and where you buy things from
#Alexey on Oct 11, 2016 :
I put average income at USD1.2K. That is an average for an experienced clerk. But on average the salary is about USD0.9K

Expences on average seem underestimated by maybe 30%. If I take my girlfriend to a cafe every weekend and to a cinema every two weekends, and if we travel sometimes, the spending on a single person without rent is about USD1K.

I am living in Moscow.
#Mark on Sep 28, 2016 :
Hi I am going to Sarapul next year and was wondering if £1000 pounds would be enough for 3 weeks stay
#Salim on Jul 18, 2016 :
Hi there , i want to study in Moscow , i want to know how much is the cost of living per a month in a vrage? ( Except the housing and transportation) please
Soon replay
#Boris on Jul 08, 2016 :
Sorry, I mixed up the links. Here is the second
#Boris on Jul 08, 2016 :
With regard to the average wage.
See the average wage in 2016 (Article published in February, but I can see that nothing has changed).
You can also see the average salary in 2015
Where in Moscow the average wage of 25,000 rubles, I do not know. The tax paid by the citizen of Russia 13%. Those. 25,000 + 25,000 * 0.13 - it will turn out less than 30,000. 30000 rubles - the average salary in Russia. In Moscow, it is twice more than in Russia.
Regards, Boris.
#BALK on Jun 19, 2016 :
Average income only 790$ in Moscow? I think it's much more...
#Ivan on Apr 02, 2016 :
The food prices are outdated. Everything is currently more expensive.
#Ayman on Jan 20, 2016 :
Hi Everyone i will be at Moscow For a Week With My Girl Friend That Is From Russia , i am Just wondering how much should i have for a week for hotel , food , clubs & other issues ?
it will be great if someone could help answering me . my email address .
Thanks & Best Regards
#ZR on Jan 05, 2016 :
After the crisis the real cost of things like renting an apartment is:

cost per 1 month
1 bedroom $250 / $600 (in center)
3 bedroom $500 / $900 (in center)

price per square meter is: $1500 / $3000 (in center)

as one person already mentioned here, always use local services to get the real prices.

rent or buy aparments:

to get idea of cost of food:
McDonalds :

Pizza (international brand):
- the cost of the same type of pizza is 2 times lower than in NIGERIA!!!!!

after this info now imagine how much fun you can have in russia :-)
#Ilya on Dec 09, 2015 :
A couple of tips for foreigners visiting Moscow:

If you need to use a taxi, use UBER or GETT apps for Android/iPhone. You'll get best rates and best cars, you can pay with credit card, and most importantly you won't need to negotiate or even speak Russian.

For rent, use CIAN.RU, it's basically Russian Zillow.

And by the way, free medicare and free schools are not so free. First, they are tax-funded. Second, schools and especially public medicare are very low quality, anyone who can afford it uses private ones. Third, even in "free" hospitals and schools one has to bribe heavily in order to get a service.
#Anon on Dec 09, 2015 :
#zafar, you cannot settle in Russia. First, entry visas are hard to get. Second, everybody hates Muslims. Third, everybody hates foreigners, especially South Asians. Forth, very few people speak English much less Urdu. The only Pakistani people in Russia are diplomats and businessmen on business trips.
#Ilya on Dec 09, 2015 :

Why would you want to move to Russia for retirement? Climate is bad, very few people speak English, people are not friendly and not service-oriented, and many are hostile to foreigners especially Americans, housing is what "projects" in US or France look like, decent restaurants are very expensive. In addition to that, Moscow has all the drawback typical for huge cities: air pollution, traffic jams, overcrowded public transportation etc. Moscow is a good place for highly-skilled expats to make big money (given they are sent to Moscow by an employer to oversee local office), but the quality of live is very low (unless you are willing to spend a lot).

Why do you even consider Russia before more traditional retirement destinations with superb resort climate and resort culture like Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador, Spain, Malta, Cyprus, Thailand or Malaysia?
#Kris on Nov 04, 2015 :
Moscow is much more cheaper than this, really, Moscow is a really a cheap city
#Andrey on Nov 01, 2015 :
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#RussianLan on Oct 17, 2015 :
The prices is not quite fair. A lot of data depends on the places you visit.
#Alexander on Jul 19, 2015 :

It will depends on what you consider decent life, in Moscow rent prices are very high, from 500 usd per month for 1 room apartment in bad neighborhood to 750 usd for 2 room apartment in same location, utilities will cost about 65-75 usd per month (but will rise with time because of high inflation). Food prices are lower than in US, but restaurants aren't that cheap with average meal for one person in mainstream chain restaurant will cost about 20 usd. So if you want live in Russia i will suggest another city, like Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod or Kazan where you can save money on rent (up to 100 per month), utilities and markets for something more engaging.
#Don on Jul 05, 2015 :
I receive my retirement of 1,000.00 per month here in united states, what I would like to know could I get by on that amount of income an live half way decently in russia
#anny on Jun 21, 2015 :
I will be in moscow for 8 days with my friend how much money should anyone of us take with ? for transportation , food, shopping and so on?
#Vladimir on Jun 02, 2015 :
I am living in Moscow. It is good city to live. I can give you some advices which you may need. This my email For living in rented apartment you need near by 1500 USD- is not very luxe level, but it depends of your lifestyle. Good luck!
#zozo on Apr 20, 2015 :
I'd say prices mostly accurate, some bit higher, some bit lower. If you have any price related questions, please ask.
#zafar on Mar 02, 2015 :
kinldy tell me how i can settle in russia i m from pakistan and i have arround 10000 us dollar and i want permanent residence of russia kindly email me good suggestion no false statement plz my skype id is
study4all kindly add me
#anonymous on Feb 28, 2015 :
moscow is very rich city, salaries are not ultra high, but households has low debt and lot of cash to spend, i have data the moscow area (15-16 mln peoples) has 4 times more retail sales above finland (5 mln peoples, one of the richest countries)
#Mariss on Feb 08, 2015 :
I live in US and my salary is $2,000.00 per month after taxes. I am American middle class. I have to pay $100.00 for my car insurance, $300.00 only for HOA, $300.00 car payment, $120.00 for gas, $250.00 utilities. As you see nothing left for rent or house payment after you add food cost of about $400.00 per month and medications, clothes, personal grooming. I was not able to survive in US without my parents in Russia, who bought me a little condo. I would have better life in Moscow and to worry about US unemployment rate of 18%.
#Naswar khan on Jan 08, 2015 :
pakistan : we earn 200$ a month but live better life than usa, because every thing is so cheep,average person can afford every thing very easyly,,,that way we are at 16 number in happiness index list and usa is at 52
#Julien on Dec 27, 2014 :
in the year the average net wage in Russia is 27778 rubles and the double in Moscow.All numbers of incomes are boosted.Same for costs of things.
#Nelson on Dec 12, 2014 :
hi! #Mac
i think with your budget , you can afford what you said. i understand your situation and im also a foreigner living in Moscow.
In case you need a help to find accomodation , our real estate company will be happy to assist you.
My name is Nelson and im a real estate broker at Point estate.
if you have any question, my email is OR call me on +79262482069
#KomEska on Dec 03, 2014 :
Right now all prices are incorrect. Most of them are 20-40% cheaper. I suppose, it happened because of falling down of the exchange rate of Russian Ruble. And the priced were typed earlier in USD when it was 30 Rubles per 1 Dollar. Right now it is 53RUB=1USD. And the prices haven’t changed so dramatically.
#Rodney on Nov 27, 2014 :
Like in most countries the cost of living in Russia will very depending on how wise you are. I have spent 1 month there with a Russian family and three weeks by myself. I found food prices there comparable to food prices in Australia provided you knew where to buy. Cheaper than in Europe. But then again I may have been ripped off in Europe being a tourist. No I looked in supermarkets and European Supermarkets were more expensive. That can happen everywhere to tourists. Alcohol was a fraction of Australian prices and European prices. The main thing to do was buy the Russian made Chinzano etc. Not the imported stuff. The Russian stuff always proved to be just as good. Fares were a fraction, going to the Dentist a fraction, medicines much cheaper if you went to a traditional Russian Pharmacy - much more expensive if you went to a new Western Style pharmacy. Russian soap powder was cheap but Western Brand soap powder was twice the price. The Russian one in my mind was far more concentrated probably making it about 25% of the price. Many Russians as someone above said still are of the impression most Western things are better and are still buying them for prestige reasons. My experience was the opposite. I found the traditional Russian product always as good if not better when I had an astute Russian to guide me. Russian toilet paper is half the price of western brands and just as good etc. At the traditional Russian pharmacy when I had a crook tummy it cost me about $10US for five charcoal tablets off a big roll and 5 antibiotic tablets off a similar big roll that had me feeling OK next day. Next time I went to one of the newer Western style pharmacies and paid $47US for some expensive German made crap that did not work as well. Your choice if you live and work there. Get the flu and all you need to do is go down to the nearest hospital/clinic and a nurse will check you out and give you a long acting antibiotic injection. Cost less than $5 with the advise to come back if you were not better within a week and see a Doctor. From memory the doctor was free. That was not me but one of the Russians I stayed with. Taxis are far cheaper than in the USA, Europe and here in Australia if you know how to negotiate the price. When I was with Russians I was amazed how cheap they could get a Taxi. Negotiation. When by myself I got ripped off. Overall I am certain a Russian who gets free medical and free heating in winter and free education and basically free University education for family members could live well in Russia on about half the money you would need in the USA and many European countries. The dentist bill for one would be a fraction of the cost. Electricity and Gas prices also are very low in comparison. Most of it depends on how astute you are.
#huh on Nov 16, 2014 :
I was offered a job as a anonymous comment writer in Moscow - news websites, blogs, youtube, etc. 30 rubles a piece is the offer. How much can I expect to make every month doing this job? Is that okay to survive in Moscow? Thanks!
#livingSpace on Nov 14, 2014 :
Down with Russia currently, the main instigator of oil price raisers is good and helpful to this poor world, especially many countries without being attached with the free source of oil in their land because oil price has been gradually restored to its former price, the former price was less than 20 US dollar a barrel.
So poor people like us no need to feed inhumane, wasteful, greedy, lazy oil for main revenue dependent countries by depleting all our hard earned cash.
US, UK and the European countries have accidentally contributed restoring the oil price towards former day but not yet reach the price of less than 20 US dollar a barrel so these countries still need to continuously relentlessly contribute until the result is achieved.
Every one should work or else aggressively sucking other blood with the free source of oil is not fair at all.
Yes, oil rich nation no need to work but should be reasonable with the selling price of oil not to harm the world economy. Everyone suffer through the manipulation of oil rich countries resulting inflation which has been increasing all the time to match the current blood sucking old price.
oil price should be restored to its former day the soonest possible quickly , the pre-bush war era or else inflation shall continue to haunt the whole world where there is no salary increment to match the bloody oil price and our blood are sucked instead to pay those who make a living purely by extorting unacceptable blood from victims of people like us where no government intervene to help us with justice of oil price.
Now it is the action time for US, UK and European heroes to represent our hardship and rescue us all from slavery of oil price trap which is the work of idle people, not content with the millionaire status probably pursuing trillianaire status even at the cost of destroying the healthy world economy to achieve their selfish greed.