Cost of Living in Moscow

Summary about cost of living in Moscow, Russia:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 700.00 руб 500.00-1,500.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 3,500.00 руб 2,500.00-7,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 400.00 руб 350.00-500.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 170.00 руб 100.00-380.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 200.00 руб 150.00-450.00
Cappuccino (regular) 196.02 руб 100.00-350.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 76.97 руб 55.00-150.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 43.94 руб 30.00-80.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 331.38 руб 264.98-378.54
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 47.99 руб 31.75-90.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 52.94 руб 36.29-90.72
Eggs (regular) (12) 120.17 руб 84.00-144.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 321.62 руб 226.80-680.39
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 159.58 руб 108.86-204.12
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 297.24 руб 226.80-408.23
Apples (1 lb) 52.85 руб 31.75-72.57
Banana (1 lb) 38.84 руб 29.48-54.43
Oranges (1 lb) 47.70 руб 31.75-90.72
Tomato (1 lb) 79.93 руб 42.64-136.08
Potato (1 lb) 28.48 руб 18.14-40.82
Onion (1 lb) 22.89 руб 15.88-36.29
Lettuce (1 head) 79.51 руб 60.00-120.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 49.41 руб 40.00-70.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 600.00 руб 450.00-1,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 69.95 руб 50.00-100.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 149.87 руб 100.00-270.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 199.00 руб 155.00-220.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 50.00 руб 46.00-61.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 2,360.00 руб 2,010.00-3,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 147.00 руб 140.00-300.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 20.92 руб 16.09-48.28
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 530.00 руб 500.00-930.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 199.64 руб 185.49-219.55
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,050,000.00 руб 2,000,005.00-2,400,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,340,865.79 руб 2,000,000.00-3,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 8,224.92 руб 6,500.00-12,363.64
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 2.07 руб 1.00-3.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 500.96 руб 401.00-700.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 2,688.26 руб 1,500.00-7,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,990.49 руб 1,500.00-3,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 450.00 руб 353.00-600.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 34,112.81 руб 30,005.00-50,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 658,937.92 руб 475,000.00-1,400,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 5,811.37 руб 2,500.00-10,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 3,357.19 руб 2,000.00-5,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 7,033.85 руб 5,000.00-10,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 8,056.14 руб 5,002.00-15,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 62,966.27 руб 51,000.00-90,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 40,110.65 руб 35,000.00-50,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 117,545.47 руб 100,000.00-200,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 71,552.06 руб 60,000.00-100,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 41,675.80 руб 37,160.91-60,386.47
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 24,262.84 руб 20,438.50-32,515.79
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 89,355.57 руб
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.76 8.00-12.00

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Anonymous on Aug 08, 2022:
Nothing will be left of Russia or UK I'm sure Putin will keep his promise to sink UK. But when that happens nato will level Russia along with Ukraine.All of the bullshit,I've been reading from these Russian trolls using different names to glorify Russia as some great place but it's not. I'm Russian over 5 million of us Russians already left Russia permanently and more are leaving each day. Don't believe the lies about Russia being so great because it's nothing more than lies.
Sarah Fairman on Aug 08, 2022:
30 surprising facts about Russia

1. Russia is big
Russia is, quite frankly, enormous. Not only does it span two continents – Europe and Asia – it also has a surface area of 17.13 million square kilometers. That makes it even bigger than the famous ex-planet Pluto, which comes in at just 16.7 million sqkm. Not sure where to live in this huge country? Read about the best Russian cities to live in as an expat.

2. Red Square has nothing to do with communism
That’s right, the famous Moscow square is actually named for its looks rather than any political persuasions. The Russian language is heavily influenced by Old Church Slavonic, which was Moscow’s official literary language until the late 1600s. When Red Square (Красная площадь, Krasnaya ploshchad) was completed in the late 19th century, it was named Красный (krasny), which means ‘red,’ from the Old Slavic word for ‘beautiful.’ This is hardly surprising, though, as Red Square is indeed pretty.

3. Russia switched calendars in 1918
Most European countries gave up the Julian calendar in the late 16th century. However, it wasn’t until February 1918 that Russia finally switched to the Gregorian calendar, which it uses nowadays to celebrate its many festivals and celebrations. Apparently, using the Julian calendar led to the Russian Empire being 12 days too late for the 1908 Olympic Games in London.

4. The US and Russia are just 4km apart
Despite spending much of the 20th century ideologically opposed, Russia and the United States are separated by just 4km of water. Indeed, in the middle of the Bering Strait are two islands, Little Diomede and Big Diomede. Little Diomede belongs to the US, while Big Diomede (Остров Ратманова, Ostrov Ratmanova) belongs to Russia. The islands straddle the International Date Line, which means Big Diomede is almost a day ahead.

5. The first human into space was Russian
The famous cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin journeyed into outer space in 1961. If you don’t know the difference between an astronaut and a cosmonaut, wonder no more. A cosmonaut is trained by the Russian Space Agency, while an astronaut is trained by NASA, the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency, or the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency.

6. Russia has a lot of trees…
One-fifth of the world’s trees are in Russia. That’s 643 billion trees – the most that any country has. About 45% of the country is covered by trees, much of it in Russia’s boreal forest, or taiga. These thick forest regions were once completely under glaciers and are now home to a whole load of brave species, including the Siberian tiger, wild boars, eagles, and owls. Unfortunately, these forests face threats from deforestation and forest fires, so organizations like the WWF and Greenpeace are doing their best to protect them.

7. …and a lot of fresh water
In Siberia, you’ll find Lake Baikal. Not only is the lake the deepest lake in the world, but it also holds around 20% of the world’s freshwater. Being in this chilly part of Russia, the lake regularly freezes during the winter, which means it’s even possible to drive across it. However, be sure you have the correct permits and go with an experienced guide. Read more about the rules of the road and driving in Russia.

Frozen Lake Baikal
8. St Petersburg has a great underground scene
If you live in one of Russia’s two biggest cities – St Petersburg and Moscow – you’ll almost certainly use the Metro. However, these metro systems are built way underground, so get ready to spend a lot of time on escalators. For example, St. Petersburg’s Admiralteyskaya (Адмиралтейская) station has four of the highest escalators in the world – rising 68.6 meters (225.07 ft). It takes about two-and-a-half minutes to go from top to bottom (or vice versa).

9. There are a lot of languages in Russia
Of course, the most popular one is Russian. However, according to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Russian population speaks at least 270 languages and dialects. Whether or not that figure is accurate, there are undoubtedly many languages spoken in Russia. These include major foreign languages such as German and English and languages native to Russia, such as Tatar, Chuvash, Karelian, and Chechen. There are also several endangered languages, such as Votic and Ghodoberi.

Read more about learning Russian
10. A clock in St Petersburg marks the exact moment that Russia became communist
Or at least, it used to. A clock in the city’s iconic Winter Palace was stopped at 02:10 on 26 October 1917. However, a century later, in 2017, the Hermitage Museum (now housed in the Winter Palace) held an official ceremony to re-start the clock. But there’s more to the Hermitage than fine art, Russian history, and clocks…

11. About 70 cats live in the Hermitage Museum…
Legend has it that the cats were invited by Empress Elisabeth way back in 1745. While the cats are taken care of by workers at the museum, there is now a website for potential feline parents to adopt a Hermitage Cat. But don’t worry, you don’t need to live in a former palace to keep a pet in Russia.

12. …and apparently, one of them is psychic
Whether or not you count this as a ‘fact’ about Russia, it’s certainly intriguing. One of the Hermitage Cats, Achilles, is apparently able to predict the results of football matches. His powers of divination were first called upon in 2017 during the CAF Confederation Cup. In the 2018 FIFA World Cup – held in Russia – Achilles correctly predicted the winner of the first four matches by choosing from two bowls of food with the team’s flag in front of them.

13. Stalin is more popular than ever
According to the Moscow Times, about 70% of Russians approve of former Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s role in Russian history. In recent years, this has gone up, and many factors might have caused it. For example, some see Stalin as a mythological figure, while others say that the current Russian government glorifies the country’s Soviet past while ignoring the human cost.

14. Russia is home to the only Buddhist region in Europe…
The Republic of Kalmykia in southwest Russia is home to the Kalmyk people, a former nomadic group who moved to the region from Asia. Stalin ordered their deportation to Siberia, but they were permitted to return after his death. Since the 1990s, the Republic has boasted magnificent temples, religious shrines, and Buddhist ceremonies.

15. …and its capital has an entire suburb devoted to chess
On the outskirts of Elista, the capital of Kalmykia is Chess City. The Republic’s former (and very controversial) president, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, built it in 1998 to host the 33rd Chess Olympiad. It contains a chess museum, a giant chessboard, and a Buddhist art museum. Nowadays, it is mostly empty and is seen by many as a misappropriated use of funds.

16. Most Russians live in Europe
The Ural mountain range divides European Russia in the west from Asian Russia in the east. However, despite the latter making up 77% of Russia’s total landmass, less than a quarter of the Russian population lives there. There are several reasons for this, including historical, geopolitical, meteorological, and cultural.

17. Russia is a big producer of fossil fuels
If you live in the EU, you’ve probably used electricity from a Russian pipeline at some point. In fact, Russia provides 27% of the EU’s crude oil imports, 41% of its natural gas, and 47% of its solid fuel (such as coal). Indeed, as the world’s third-largest oil producer, Russia has yet to make renewable energy an absolute priority.

18. Lake Karachay has been described as the most polluted spot on Earth
Lake Karachay in the Southern Ural mountains is one of the most polluted places in the world. Apparently, radioactive waste was dumped here in the 1950s, including weapons and pollution from the nearby Mayak nuclear plant. If you’re considering a visit, don’t. The radiation emitted by the lake could kill you within an hour.

Access forbidden sign at Mayak, Chelyabinsk
19. A Russian has the world’s largest collection of squirrel-related items
In 2013, Pavel Gerasimov‘s squirrel-related collection numbered 1,103 items. It has likely increased since the last count. The Moscow native has many shapes and sizes of squirrel figurines, including a golden one and another from the 1800s. Funnily enough, he shares his name with an Olympic pole vaulter.

20. Russians don’t drink that much alcohol…
According to World Health Organization statistics, despite Russia’s association with vodka, other countries drink far more. Moreover, recent data suggest that Russians drink less than they used to. Indeed, the country now ranks 33rd in the world for liters of alcohol consumed per person. That’s less than many of its European neighbors, such as Germany, France, and the UK.

21. …in fact, they prefer tea
Russia ranks fifth in the world for the amount of tea consumed per person. The drink first reached Russia in the 17th century, but it cost ten times more than in Europe as it took a year to deliver it from Moscow to Berlin. Nowadays, tea is far more accessible, and if you visit friends in Russia, they’ll usually serve you tea accompanied by biscuits. Also, don’t be surprised if your host offers you honey or jam to sweeten your tea – it’s delicious!

22. Russian women live 10 years longer than Russian men
Russian women can expect to live to 78, while the average life expectancy for a man in Russia is 68. However, this difference has slowly been closing over the past decade. Indeed, in 2009, Russian women were generally expected to live 12 years longer than their male counterparts. This may be down to the aforementioned alcohol consumption: men drink on average 18 liters of alcohol a year, while women consume only four.

23. Russia has the longest railway in the world
And yes, it’s the famous Trans-Siberian Railway. At 9,288 km long, it’s more than twice the length of the second-longest (Toronto to Vancouver in Canada). The journey from Moscow to Vladivostock takes around six days and travels through the Ural Mountains and a lot of forests. It also passes the record-breaking Lake Baikal, so get your cameras ready for that leg of the journey.

A railway bridge in Khabarovsk
A railway bridge in Khabarovsk, on the route of the Trans-Siberian railway
24. Peter the Great imposed a beard tax
If you wanted to grow a beard in the early 18th century in Russia, well, you had to pay. No unruly facial hair unless you paid up your kopecks (or several hundred rubles for nobles). Peter the Great got this idea from his travels in Europe – he was so fond of the fashion there that he decided to ‘Europeanize’ Russia’s aesthetic. Unfortunately, this reinvention did not go down well with the Orthodox Church, which saw facial hair as a sign of piety.

25. Volgograd is home to the tallest statue of a woman
The Motherland Calls (Родина–мать зовёт!, Rodina-mat zovyot!) is 85 meters high and looms on the hill of Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd. With a facial expression to strike terror into the enemy and an absolutely enormous sword, she is an immense presence in the city. The statue was completed in 1967 and was the tallest statue in the world at the time of its completion. Originally built to commemorate the Battle of Stalingrad (Volgograd’s previous name), it has undergone several repairs over the years to make sure that all 8,000 tons of it stay upright.

The Motherland Calls statue in Volgograd
26. Russia has some very long rivers
There is another record-holder in Volgograd. The Volga River, which flows from the Valdai Hills at Volgo-Verjovie to the Caspian Sea, is 3,690 kilometers long. This makes it the longest river in Europe. However, despite being Europe’s longest river, the Volga is not the longest river in Russia. That honor goes to the Lena, which is 4,294 kilometers long and flows from the Baikal Mountains to the Arctic Ocean. If you count the Ob-Irtysh river system as one river, this is even longer, at 5,410 kilometers.

27. The coldest permanent settlement is in Russia
In Oymyakon in the Sakha Republic, the average winter temperature is -50°C. Not only is it cold, but it’s also remote. Nearer to the Arctic Circle than the nearest city, it takes two days to drive to the Sakha Capital, Yakutsk. Its lowest temperature was recorded in 1924 – a nippy -71.2°C.

28. Lake Onega boasts an island full of wooden churches
Kizhi Island, located in the middle of Lake Onega in the Karelian Republic in northwest Russia, is home to several wooden churches built without a single nail. These buildings were apparently erected across an extensive period, with the first dating back to 1390 and the most recent from 1874. The site is now an open-air museum and the church complex, Kizhi Pogost, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. And no wonder – the architecture is a masterpiece, with several elegant domes rising from the tall wooden church towers.

29. You can visit Lenin
We haven’t put a photo with this fact about Russia, and that’s probably for the best. But if you’re keen to visit Vladimir Lenin, the former head of the Soviet Union, you can pop by Lenin’s Mausoleum at Red Square. The several-decade-long preservation of his body has been chiefly funded by the Soviet Union and later the Russian government.

30. Russia can be very welcoming
Russia might not seem like an obvious destination for an expat. Indeed, there are plenty of challenges, from the harsh weather to the often tense political climate. However, many expats in Russia experience unrivaled warmth and hospitality from the people living there, especially when learning Russian. Within a few months of arriving, you’ll probably have made friends who will show you around your new city, invite you for tea, and toast with you at their birthday parties.
Anonymous on Aug 08, 2022:
You Russian trolls are wasting your time trying to promote Russia in vain. Don't you know we are going to kill you all in the very near future? I've never seen russians running down the street burning but I'm really looking forward to seeing it and listening to russians screaming in pain,a big bonus. Ahh the smell of burnt kitty bathing them in fire so pleasing.
Dasha Zhukova on Aug 08, 2022:
Reasons Everyone Want Visit Russia
Visit Russia to experience its magnificence
Russia is the biggest country in the world, and its mighty scale is reflected in the splendour of its palaces, churches and parks. Everywhere you look, size matters, from the grandeur of the Moscow Metro to the towering Kremlin. But Russian culture is equally about refinement. Just think of the grace of the Russian ballet and the country’s great works of literature. To really understand the vastness of Russia, you need to leave the city and head for the wilderness. The endless Siberian taiga forests, the volcanic moonscapes of Kamchatka or the blue expanse of Lake Baikal. Russia’s sheer size means it covers an incredible diversity of landscapes and climatic zones.

Russian architecture is unique and beautiful
Colourful, intricate and monumental, Russian architecture is unlike anything else you’ll see. Following traditions dating back over 1,000 years, Russia’s architecture reflects its rich history. The renaissance of Russian architecture is most apparent in St. Basil’s Cathedral, which possesses perfect examples of ‘onion domes’ – a signature of Russian religious architecture.World-class architecture can also be found outside of the major cities. Kizhi Pogost on Kizhi Island in Lake Onega is a World Heritage site with remarkable wooden architecture. The astonishing Church of the Transfiguration boasts 22 domes made entirely out of wood with no single nail!

Russian history is truly epic
Fascinating, complex and packed with epic tales and extraordinary people, Russia’s history is larger than life, from the Mongol invasions to the rise of the Russian Empire, the advent of the Soviet Union and the rapid modernisation of Russia today.Russia is steeped in history everywhere you go. Glittering palaces serve as reminders of the time of the Tsars, while places like the Kremlin represent both the Soviet era and modern Russia. In Siberian towns like Irkutsk, you’ll find picturesque streets with quaint wooden houses and a serene atmosphere that seems to transport you back in time. I dare you to take a closer look, but be careful, you might just fall in love with Russia.

Russian art and literature is world-renowned
It is easy to fall in love with Russia if you are a lover of art and literature. Tolstoy. Dostoyevsky. Pushkin. Chekhov. Russia’s great authors are revered the world over. And what about the great composer Borodin? Or the Bolshoi Ballet, founded in 1776 and still performing today? Russia’s contribution to European literature and art has few rivals.For lovers of the arts, cities like St Petersburg and Moscow are paradise. Both cities host countless galleries and museums, with St Petersburg’s State Hermitage museum housing one of the largest collections of fine art in the world. And no trip to either city is complete without witnessing the spectacle of Russian ballet.Russian art is far from being stuck in the past. Head to the influential Garage in Moscow to check out some of Russia’s most innovative contemporary artists, or check out the experimental creations on show in St Petersburg Erarta Museum.

Russia is home to diverse cultures and religions
Though all Russian citizens are considered ‘Russians’ about 160 ethnic groups inhabit different parts of Russia. Russian is the official language, but across the country, over 100 languages are spoken. The majority of Russians identify with the Eastern Christian Orthodox Church, but Judaism, Islam, Buddhism the strict Christian Orthodoxy of the Old Believers and even shamanism are still practised. Ancient animistic religions still survive among Russia’s indigenous tribes. Twenty-five years ago, few Westerners comprehended the ethnic complexity of the Russian Federation, especially in its Asian hinterlands. Even fewer realized that this ethnic mosaic included some 30 northern aboriginal peoples, maintaining their cultural traditions despite over a half century of intense pressure to assimilate into Soviet society.Some of Russia’s indigenous are nomadic reindeer herders living above the Arctic Circle. Others, who rely on resources from the forest-tundra or taiga, survive on a mixture of farming, hunting and gathering, often living in permanent settlements.

Russia will spoil you with million-dollar views
Whether you’re sipping on a cocktail in a glamorous rooftop bar in Moscow, gazing out from your Trans-Siberian cabin window or surveying the wild kingdom of Kamchatka from the summit of a volcano, any Russian adventure is guaranteed to come with views to take your breath away, that will make you fall in love with Russia.

Russia is a Nature and Wildlife wonderland
For lovers of nature, there are so many reasons to fall in love with Russia. There are 26 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout Russia. Home to spectacular and diverse nature reserves, Russia contains the planet’s largest expanse of forest.Over eight million square kilometres of mixed woodlands serve as a refuge for creatures such as tigers, brown bears, polar bears and leopards. As long as you’re willing to take on an adventure, Russia can lead you to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, from the pristine Western Caucasus Mountains to Siberia’s Lake Baikal and Kamchatka’s Pacific coast.

Russians know how to entertain
If you love a party, then, you should definitely visit Russia. Russians love to party, even some of the most remote communities have thriving nightlife and culture scenes!
Both Moscow and St Petersburg are energetic 24-hour cities with clubs, bars and night time entertainment to suit almost any taste. For a more subdued night out, try an evening at a majestic city theatre, or enjoy a symphony performed by Russia’s leading classical musicians. Russia has recently emerged as a major international sports venue, hosting the Formula 1 Grand Prix and 2018 FIFA World Cup. You might be lucky enough to catch one of the many festivals and cultural events held throughout the year, such as the White Nights summer festival in St Petersburg.

Russian winters are magical
Don’t be afraid of Russian winters! Sure, it gets cold, but the snowy scenery can be positively enchanting, and just another reason to fall in love with Russia. Picturesque parks and villages blanketed in pure white seem to come from right out of a fairy-tale book. Winter provides an opportunity to experience some of Russia’s attractions at their best.
Moscow Winter Snow Beautiful
Lake Baikal is covered with ice so thick it’s used for winter sports, and a white Christmas in Moscow means parks illuminated with twinkling lights and ice skating in the city streets. For adventure lovers, winter gives you the chance to go heli-skiing down an active volcano in Kamchatka, dog sledding in Karelia, searching for the Northern Lights above the Kola peninsula or migrating with the nomads of the Yamal peninsula.

Surprise! Russians are actually warm-hearted and open people.
The stereotypical Russian is gruff, serious, and unsmiling. But when you visit Russia, make sure to spend some time with real Russians, and you’ll experience a completely different side to the Russian character.Above all, Russian people are family-oriented. Because of this, they are warm, loving, good-humoured and welcoming, once you get to know them. Non-Russians are sometimes taken aback by the blunt and upfront manner of the typical Russian. In general, Russians have little regard for small talk and niceties and much prefer to get straight to the point! Promise you will fall in love with Russia and its people if you give yourself a chance to get to know them.Russian customs and traditions.Russians display a special generosity and goodwill to guests, especially from other cities and countries. Russians are proud of their country and are eager to show you its good sides. They may criticize elements of their society severely, but if you try to do the same, you can expect them to defend it furiously.

Russia has some great food and awesome restaurants
Russia’s culinary offerings provide variety for travellers, and you will easily find contentment in the wide choices available. When you visit Russia, don’t get surprised that vegan and vegetarian foods are actually being well served. All types of international food are available in Russia, and it’s worth your while to experience dining on the street as well as splashing out on some of the many opportunities for ultra-luxurious fine dining.Russian Food Guide Moscow Restaurants
Trying traditional Russian food is a must. Classic includes pirozhki dumplings, sweet or savoury blini (mini pancakes), and shashlik, a Russian kebab.

Russia is the land of vodka and bears
The national spirit of Russia is, of course, vodka. It is enjoyed the world over, but to really experience vodka the Russian way, pair it with a shot of pickle juice!
So, there you have it. A small taste of what we’ve discovered represents the real spirit of Russia and the reasons many travellers fall in love with Russia. But to truly experience what makes Russia such a soul-stirring destination, the only way is to open your mind and your heart and come to see for yourself —visit Russia!
Anonymous on Aug 08, 2022:

Shut your mouth when it's not filled with immigrant diks and then bend over and pay them.
Anonymous on Aug 08, 2022:
Lol Lianna Brinded

You're just another dried up sought who attended too many shag parties in your youth but now you're just a dried up old weeb begging for attention
Lianna Brinded on Aug 07, 2022:
No one needs you and no one loves you, so you write all sorts of nonsense here.. Take care of yourself, wanker. Stop jerking off here. You're just a stupid hater who likes to jerk off.. You're pathetic..
For anonymous on Aug 07, 2022:
Shut your mouth and go to work to give half of your salary to illegal migrants.
Anonymous on Aug 07, 2022:
Lianna Brinded

Seems like you have way too much time on your hands.Do you think anyone really gives a flying fuk about UK?
Anonymous on Aug 07, 2022:
Who in the fuk would ever want to migrate to Russia in the first place?.It's nothing more than a broken down shithole, full of maggot infected people.
Lianna Brinded on Aug 07, 2022:
UK ranks as one of the worst countries to live in the world
britain is one of the worst countries in the world to live as an expat.
That’s according to the major benchmark Expat Insider 2019 report which surveyed 20,259 expats, representing 182 nationalities and living in 187 countries or territories.
An expat is defined as an employee sent abroad on a corporate assignment or classed as a new international hire. The survey ran from 7 to 28 March. Respondents were asked to score 48 different factors — which fall into 17 subcategories — related to living abroad. Those 17 subcategories are then put into five pillars —Quality of Life, Ease of Settling In, Working Abroad, Family Life, and Personal Finance.For a place to be ranked, there needs to be a sample size of at least 75 survey participants per destination. The only exception to this rule is the Family Life Index, where a sample size of at least 40 respondents raising children abroad is necessary.For the 2019, 64 destinations, respectively, met these requirements, although many countries or territories the sample size exceeded by 75 or even 100 participants.
The uk scored low across the board with Brexit dragging the country down in several categories.
Britain is also an expensive place to live — the UK ranks 60th out of 64 countries in the Personal Finance Index. Only 10% of respondents are completely satisfied with their financial situation and only two in five say their disposable income is more than what they need to cover expenses. Childcare is also considered hard to afford, say 69% of expats.Britain came in at 62nd place, out of 64 countries for personal happiness. The UK also scored low for quality of life, thanks to the current political climate — 42% of expats rated political stability negatively versus the global average of 17% of people being dissatisfied. This has hit opinion on the economy and job security.One German expat said: “Brexit makes our future uncertain.”
The weather also had an effect on scores — 49% of people rated the climate negatively. A Lithuanian expat even adds that “the weather affects my general health and wellbeing.”
Widiya on Aug 07, 2022:
6 Reasons Why Russia is a Best Country to Live in

It is commonly understood−even among most Russian people−that living in Russia is great, so that it makes perfect sense for someone to migrate to Russia. There is plenty to love about Russia and also a lot to learn from the country. And you should not find it so strange that there are foreigners who genuinely love Russia and there are areas where Russia shines.

Most people who have been living or simply traveling in Russia’s capital said life in Russia might differ from life in other European cities. However, it is all nothing but great advantages. It is no surprise, because with the eyes of the world on Russia, there is a lot of interesting things you might not have known about why Russia is one of the world’s most intriguing countries to live in. Are you curious yet? Then, get ready to know 6 reasons why Russia is a nice country to live in. Happy reading!

1. Just Interesting in General

Russia’s extremity is what makes it all the more desirable. It seems that everything in Russia is being done in the most extreme possible way. For example, when it comes to weather, it might be freezing cold outside or scorching hot it will melt your mascara down.

The people are just as extreme. If a Russian is working, they are usually running on all cylinders, but if they are not working, you may as well try to line them up with a post, and it will appear as if the post is in motion. If they are being friendly, they will probably serve you all of the food they have in the fridge, but if they are being unfriendly, you better run for your life. If a Russian is in the mood to joke, they are very, very funny, but if they are not, back away slowly.

Very interesting, right?

2. Genuine People

Russian people rarely smile (the exceptions to this include those in the theatrical industry and clerks that work on commission), but one thing you should know is that if a Russian is not smiling, maybe that means that they are not happy or that it is just how they look by default. No offense, really. However, if they are smiling, it means the smile is genuine. They do smile sincerely. They differ from uptight Asian or other nations, who always follow the rules of courtesy and respect the concept of friendliness.

On a serious note, when Russian people truly detest something, they are unlikely to conceal it. Russia is the only place where you can have a heart-to-heart talk, which means you can say whatever comes to your mind and will not be seen as disrespectful.

3. Delicious Foods

The Russian culinary plate is very rich in meat, poultry, and fish that are often served on various occasions. It is very distinctive in taste and unique in presentation. The main feature of Russian dishes is considered to be an abundance and variety of products used at its cooking. There are numerous dishes made of dough such as pies, cakes, rolls, blini, et cetera. There is also unleavened dough such as dumplings and homemade noodles. Not only meat and dough based dishes, Russian dishes offer a great number of vegetarian dishes, too. They include mushrooms, pickles, and other vegetables.

Since Russia is a multinational country, you can easily find Italian pasta and pizza completed with French sauce and gateau, too. Even some foreign dishes such as donuts, toasts, and croissants have become Russian cuisine breakfast. So, it is not unusual to spot numerous national cuisine restaurants like Japanese, Chinese, and French, and also fast food cafes work all over the country. However, all of them still follow the tradition of Russian hospitality and quality food.

4. A Lot of Great Social Scenes

Russia is the country that has most of its popular cities thriving in subzero conditions, and as the night falls, Russian people step out to celebrate night and lights. All those social scenes usually thrive on local vodka, freshly brewed beer, gigs, and blondes all at Soviet retro drinking hot spots. Some places are made up of ballet, opera, classical music and theaters shows. Some other places are meant to be for those who are looking for never-ending fun, rave parties, and lit pubs to slay the night in style while sipping on the vodka and assorted cocktails.

5. Rich Art and History

We know there are many Russian writers, poets, composers, musicians, singers, architects and other representatives of Russian art. If you live in Russia and are in love with art and history, you definitely have a chance to immerse yourself into its rich history and touch upon the treasures of world culture right where they were created. Russia has a lot of famous historical monuments, palaces, and museums that can make your adventure-planning daunting. Among the very best are Red Square, The Kremlin, and St. Basil’s Cathedral. But, there are also other popular sites that are worth to look at such as Lenin’s Mausoleum, Church of the Ascension, and The Hermitage.

6. The Cities Never Sleep

It is because some places have no closing hours, they work until 06:00 AM. They do not even charge cover fee. So, when you are feeling like nocturnal, or that jet-lag has seemed to kick in, it is completely okay for you to be restless. Do not worry, though, because going out for a stroll around Russia’s cities or planning a night out until sunrise is a possible thing. Even Moscow is more alive at night than in the day. You can have fun at night, from marveling at the greatest landmarks that are illuminated with a spectrum of colors to experiencing the thriving nightlife. It will surely make your life in Russia count.

So, please consider those 6 reasons why Russia is best country to live in above before choosing which country you will live your entire life in.
Anonymous on Aug 07, 2022:

You wrote a book of lies here.Infrastruture is crumbling inadequate power grid WHAT INTERNET??? Great transportation you say low crime how funny another lie. Artists from the U S and from other parts of Europe in Moscow. I must say the Kremlin is working overtime trying to prop up most everything including you AJAY.

Now I'll tell it like it really is being a UK citizen who lived in Moscow 4 years ago. Once again you are a liar. Do you really think you trolls are going to woo people globally to even visit the dump anymore? Well you're totally wrong about that. Nobody wants to visit any country known to be cold blooded killers, nobody. Russia and Russians are forgotten and unforgiven globally believe it.Stricken from financial markets globally amoung many things. Now Russia is a hermit kingdom of its own doing.People globally have turned their backs on Russia it's a fact but people globally will come to Russia and finish a job that should've been done decades ago,to exterminate you all.A big target is on Russia and all Russians. Travel globally and find out people will get in line just to take turns on Russian maggots promise.
Ajay Goyal on Aug 06, 2022:
Ten reasons Moscow is the best capital city in Europe
Moscow of 2018 is a new city with a rich heritage and history. The city has gone through a massive facelift with new and modern infrastructure and institutions. Here is how it compares with London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and other great European cities.

Best sidewalks, walking and cycling lanes: Moscow has become the most walker friendly city in Europe. There are wide sidewalks along all major radial and circular roads of the city. Citizens make good use of walking paths, benches, playing areas and accessibility. On any given weekend, the whole city is out walking. Berlin comes close but no other European city matches the walking zones of Moscow.
2. Best Public Transportation. It is not just the 380 kilometer network of Moscow metro with 220 stations used by almost 6 million people per day. The circular rail, new tram lines, electric buses, and the whole public transport infrastructure is modern, efficient and green. Moscow simply has the best public transportation in the world. And it is affordable — a ticket for any distance travelled costs less than 50 cents. There is free wifi throughout the public transport network good enough to watch and stream videos.

3. Citizen friendly governance Under Mayor Sobyanin Moscow has invented new governance. It is one of most open, friendly, respectful and efficient systems of governance. I cant write enough praise for the service centers fo city call #moidokumenty that look like business lounge of Emirates airlines. I do not think any English or European city even comes close in how open and corruption free city bureaucracy has become for ordinary citizens.

4. Moscow is Safe. Safety comes first and Moscow not just feels safe — it is one of safest big cities in the world. The days of heavy handed policing and police corruption or shakedowns are long gone. Police presence is soft and friendly — almost like the polite English cops. And yet it is solid policing. Compared with any European capital city it is perfectly safe for women to walk around late night or take public transportation. There is no street crime of mugging or purse snatching or pick pocketing. Almost no street violence or bar fights. It simply is the safest city to be in Europe.

5. Moscow is Clean: Cleaning Moscow is a challenge when zillion tonnes of snow falls every winter. But the city does a miracle keeping it clean and functional. Sidewalks, side streets, corners are very clean. There is no public defecation that is so common in Paris. No homelessness that is at scary levels in London. Migrants and locals alike treat the city with respect. The Metro, despite its 80 years, is amazingly clean and that is thanks to general Russian culture of cleanliness and hygiene.

6. Moscow hads a vibrant Cultural Scene: It is impossible how much of cultural scene is in Moscow. Hundreds of artists from Asia, the US, and Europe perform in the city. Bolshoi is not the only theater in town — there are hundreds of middle and small theaters supported by the city. Every major musical star of planet — present and past — performs in Russia. Russians are cultural creatures and the city life buzzes with music, dance, art and theater.

7. Parks and Green zones: The river embankment and many parks of the city have been transformed completely into beautiful parks and leisure zones. Hundreds of thousands of new trees have been planted throughout the city. The parks and yards are beautifully manicured gardens. Neither London’s Hyde PArk or Regents park nor many well known parks of Paris palaces come even close.

8. Affordable: Living in Moscow is on average 20 to 50% cheaper than living in London, PAris, Amsterdam or Berlin. And the quality of live is twice better.

9. Eating out : Moscow is experiencing a culinary and gastronomic boom. Hundreds of new home grown restaurants, gastro pubs, diners and cafes have been popping up. City’s old markets have been converted into gastro destinations. Ethic cuisine from Georgia, Dagestan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan is a super hit. The variety, quality and affordability eating out is unmatched. restaurants work till late and one can have a super meal at mid night or in early hours.

10. Night Life: Moscow does not sleep. It is a city of beauty, lights and vibrance. Bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants stay open all week till late. The night life spills onto streets in summer and then huddles indoors in many bars, nightclubs and lounges. London and Paris nightlife is legendary a but Moscow has been catching up. It may never take the lead but it has a classiness and vibrance that London and PAris cannot match.
Anonymous on Aug 06, 2022:
I must admit I agree with the person mentioning numbeo just puts numbers at random without doing any cost analysis. My wife and I researched costs for 17 different countries of interest. However after carefully looking at the actual costs none of the costs numbeo lists are correct not even close right down to the cost of a head of lettuce.

Numbeo is pure rubbish!!!!!

After reading all the positive comments about Russia none of which is true. I believe the person mentioning Kremlin propaganda is spot for this reason. We lived in Moscow for 2 years so we can attest for the bloody rogues that exist not only in Moscow but the other 13 places we personally visited in Russia.

We met many dark dismal creatures living in filthy conditions in supposedly good areas. The pro Russian stance is alive and well to offer any and all foreigners visiting Russia which is certainly nothing to crow about.

The person just confirmed our dismal experiences due to the dishonest content of Numbeo and the proprietors of underhanded conquests they freely give to anyone willing to listen to rubbish.
Anonymous on Aug 06, 2022:
Mladen Adamovic still lives in Sarajevo Bosnia he always has.
Numbeo is a satellite company headquartered in Belgrade Serbia only Serbians work for him since Bosnians aren't allowed to live in Serbia or work in Serbia. It's also a scam site invaded by Russian trolls and other undesirables living in Serbia which are joined at the hip with the Kremlin.No costs of anything are ever correct on Numbeo never will be,due to it being a site for espionage purposes is how it really is ie information gathering.
Anonymous on Aug 06, 2022:
OK…all you need to know is that this site was created by s Serb living in occupied part of Bonsia known as Republica Serbska!!! All the comments on this Moscow cost of living thing can only be looked at through that…
Elon Musk on Aug 05, 2022:
27 reasons to love Moscow:
No matter what anyone says, we love our Moscow for what it is, and we are ready to name 27 reasons.

1. Money
Moscow salaries are on average twice as high as in Eastern Europe..

2. Contrasts Sharp contrasts are an integral part of any large developing city. In Moscow, this is evident in everything: from the mixing of architectural styles — the neighborhood of historical monuments with a new model — to the striking difference in the residents themselves — kitsch and wealth border on poverty. In our city, you can rise to the skies and fall to the very bottom.

3. Rhythm
Rhythm helps to keep yourself in good shape, move quickly, be more organized and do ten things at the same time. Not everyone can withstand this, but those who get used to it are unlikely to be able to live in a quieter place. Visitors are surprised: "Where are Muscovites in such a hurry?" We know where.

4. For the fact that Moscow has everything
The capital was considered a consumer oasis at a time of scarcity. Now it is in Moscow that you can satisfy any requests and wishes, even the most unusual ones. There is everything from exotic spices to round—the-clock gyms and dry cleaners.As a rule, it's a matter of either time or money. And if something is missing, it means that you just did not search well.

5. Beautiful girls About the fact that Moscow is feminine and all brides are here, Gogol also wrote. The whole color of our vast homeland and neighboring countries gathers here. The concentration of attractive girls per square meter is off the scale. High competition is a reason to spend all the money on appearance.

6. Scale
Russians have never been shy about the scope, and this is especially noticeable in Moscow. If it's a road, then eight lanes in one direction, if it's a building, then it's the size of a whole neighborhood, if it's a park, then 10,000 hectares. Going to Leningradka, you understand: indeed, my native country is wide, since it has such a capital.

7. Internet
High-speed Internet allowed many to work at home. Almost every district has local networks, which half of the city's residents have already got into. Some now leave the house only for groceries.

8. The ability to find benefits even in traffic jams
You can always blame your lateness on Moscow traffic jams. And since everyone is late about the same way, not a single meeting breaks down. It's all clear, they themselves are.

9. Monorail
This is not only the most elevated transport in the city, but also the fastest solution for trips between VDNH and Timiryazevskaya: half an hour — and you're there. The cost of the trip is 50 rubles.

10. The winery On the dusty backyards of the Kursk railway station, behind the red brickwork — a burning concentrate of modern art. The best gallery owners, photographers and just artists hang out here.

11. Asian wipers
Non-drinkers and hardworking, they get up before anyone else in the city. The best cleaners who do not require a salary increase.

12. The Hermitage Garden is the best place in the city to relax both in winter and in summer. In the hot season, fooling around on the grass or playing badminton is welcome. In winter, the most romantic ice rink is flooded here. At night, the life of the Hermitage flares up with unprecedented force: the most pretentious club of the city "Diaghilev" has dug in here, with all the consequences.

13. City Garden City, Moscow Defense — as soon as they don't call the quarter of skyscrapers and the Business Center near the Moskva River. Unlike other ideas of Luzhkov, "City" does not cause protest among Muscovites. A light metro line was specially laid to the new district.

14. Central Museum of the Armed Forces
The richest museum, a joy for boys of all ages, dedicated, in general, to one thing: the Red Army is the strongest of all. And it is not difficult to make sure of this. There are eagles shot down from the Reichstag, enemy banners and all kinds of weapons.

15. Boulevard Ring
Here they drink with friends, sort out relations with the police or hide from the prickly sun. And even if the ring does not close and resembles a horseshoe, most of the romantic and warm memories of every Muscovite are connected with it.

16. Estates
Kuskovo, Ostankino, Kolomenskoye and others. Manor houses and park ensembles torn out of time, shady paths, ladies with strollers.Behind their gates, the sense of time is absolutely lost.

17. Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
This museum can be put on a par with the Paris Orsay. Impressionists and their followers, Egyptian Hall, Rodin sculptures… A nice bonus is visiting exhibitions. At Modigliani, people stood in line for several hours, and Warhol's touring paintings are still being debated.

18. Fun open-airs for pensioners
In Sokolniki Park, pensioners come off on the dance floor on weekends. Couples who are more than 100 years old for two, recline their knees under the Soviet stage. The disco sometimes gathers up to 1000 people, half of whom are spectators. A good lesson for young people complaining of fatigue.

19. Nightlife
In Moscow, the holiday begins on Friday and ends on Monday. The best clubs: "Diaghilev", "Opera", "GQ bar", Mio, "Gasholder", "Solyanka". At the entrance — the most luxurious ladies and cars. Moscow comes off to anything — techno, disco and even Yuri Antonov.

20. Train Moscow — St. Petersburg
The opportunity to escape from the capital to the capital for a couple of days without ruining costs. Seeing off on the platforms of the Leningrad railway Station is a whole story. Naturally, all farewells on the platform are held under the anthem of the group "Empire". Sing along: "The train to Leningrad will separate us from you..."

21. Bulgakov's House is loved by all fans of the novel "The Master and Margarita". In summer and on weekends, the museum in the "bad apartment" is open for free until 3 nights. The cafe "302-bis" is open at him.

22. Cold War Museum A new educational museum on the map of the city is a declassified object of the "defense industry". The full name is the Complex of the state object GO-42: ZKP "Tagansky". Hidden at a depth of 60 meters are the tunnels of a secret facility that was built at the height of the Cold War. Secret Moscow never ceases to amaze.
500 0554, 5th Kotelnicheskiy lane, 11, Taganskaya metro station

23. Carriage Row
A small block between Tsvetnoy Boulevard and the Hermitage Garden. A miraculously preserved fragment of the capital of the 50s and 60s. We recommend finding the house where Vysotsky lived, remembering about "where are my 17 years?".

24. Embankments
Sometimes there are no traffic jams in this city. At least — traffic jams on the embankments. In these rare moments, it is extremely pleasant to drive in a car with the windows open, expose your face to the warm rays of the setting sun and listen to a song about the best city on Earth.

25. Exotic
The restaurants of the capital represent the best cuisines of the world: from Chinese noodles and Georgian khinkali to shark soup.In the "Junk" they treat fried scorpions, in the "Hindu" — salad with palm kernel, in the "Peking duck" — jellyfish with soy vinegar.
Indus, 244 7979, Plotnikov lane, 15, Smolenskaya metro station, around the clock

26. The atmosphere of a big city and an intoxicating sense of freedom
In Moscow, it seems that everything is possible. Here you can be both anonymous and a regular at the same time, you can know everyone, and in an hour you will find yourself in a completely new company. It all depends on the mood.

27. Metro architecture
Tourists click on cameras every meter of the wonderful underground country. We're running, pushing and swearing.It is best to enjoy the subway decor from books and photo albums.
Anonymous on Aug 05, 2022:
You live in your mommas basement sponging off of her nonrichest Russian hacker.
Richest-Russian Hacker-Оligarch on Aug 05, 2022:
Why should you move to the best city on earth? Here are 10 reasons for you:
1. Moscow, Russia is the number one country to start a career according to US News
2. Moscow is a great starting point if you like to travel
Russia is located between Europe and Asia.
3. Moscow has a very low cost of living compared to most Western countries
4. Working in Moscow means that you will get significantly more time for vacation
Working in Russia entitles you to 28 days of vacation per year.
5. If you want to live in Russia, learn Russian
Living in Russia is 10 times easier if you speak Russian. Of course, in Moscow or St. Petersburg you can do without speaking only English, but you really miss the Russian experience.
6. Russia has simplified legal work as an emigrant
The Russian government is increasingly making it easier for emigrants to enter to live and work in Russia.
7. Russian culture is incredible for the perception (and almost impossible to understand) by an emigrant
8. Russia has a world-class art scene
One of the biggest advantages of living in Russia is access to art. Moscow and St. Petersburg are two of the greatest cities in the world for art. From museums, opera, ballet and classical music, if you love art, you will really like Russia. Some of the world's outstanding composers, ballet dancers, opera singers and poets come from Russia, and Russians are very proud of this.
9. Public transport in Russia is incredibly cheap and well developed + in addition, Russia has a very tasty national cuisine..
Moscow has one of the largest metro systems in the world, and by Western standards it is very cheap. A trip in the Moscow metro costs only 42 rubles (0.55 US dollars) when using a card with the possibility of reloading. Compared to any Western country, it's incredibly cheap. In other cities of Russia it is even cheaper!
10. In Moscow it is much safer than you think
We are not sure why it exists, but there are stereotypes in the West that Russia is a dangerous place. To be honest, in our experience, life in Russia seems safer than in any big city in the United States or Europe. There may be some minor crimes, but in general you will feel safe living in Russia.

Summing up, I think Moscow is the best city in the world to start a career or a new life..
Anonymous on Aug 05, 2022:
You Russian trolls are very obvious Tommy,Liam, and Trump 24.There's nothing any Russian trolls can say to change the view of how Russians and wimpy Putin globally. Although and Liam with your zenephobic,ie racist remarks. No worries though Putin along with Russians continues to show their ignorance on the world stage but your performance is lacking severely ie unbelievable obviously. It'll be entertaining to watch the world court to watch Putin be convicted for many crimes against humanity and the henchmen that followed his orders. There's absolutely nothing you can say to convince anyone globally remember that little ones.
Tommy on Aug 04, 2022:
Moscow is a lively city, rich in history and culture. It is Russia's national center for visual and performing arts and home to some of the best known performance companies in the world. Renowned for its grand architecture, the city boasts excellent travel connections and low cost of living. With more than 12 million residents, Moscow is among the most populous city in the world, but roughly 40% of it territory is still covered by greenery. Moscow is one of the top ten city matches for 4.7% of Teleport users.
Roman Abramovich on Aug 04, 2022:
1. Moscow, Russia is the number one country to start a career according to US News
2. Moscow is a great starting point if you like to travel
Russia is located between Europe and Asia.
3. Moscow has a very low cost of living compared to most Western countries
4. Working in Moscow means that you will get significantly more time for vacation
Working in Russia entitles you to 28 days of vacation per year.
5. If you want to live in Russia, learn Russian
Living in Russia is 10 times easier if you speak Russian. Of course, in Moscow or St. Petersburg you can do without speaking only English, but you really miss the Russian experience.
6. Russia has simplified legal work as an emigrant
The Russian government is increasingly making it easier for emigrants to enter to live and work in Russia.
7. Russian culture is incredible for the perception (and almost impossible to understand) by an emigrant
8. Russia has a world-class art scene
One of the biggest advantages of living in Russia is access to art. Moscow and St. Petersburg are two of the greatest cities in the world for art. From museums, opera, ballet and classical music, if you love art, you will really like Russia. Some of the world's outstanding composers, ballet dancers, opera singers and poets come from Russia, and Russians are very proud of this.
9. Public transport in Russia is incredibly cheap and well developed
Moscow has one of the largest metro systems in the world, and by Western standards it is very cheap. A trip in the Moscow metro costs only 42 rubles (0.55 US dollars) when using a card with the possibility of reloading. Compared to any Western country, it's incredibly cheap. In other cities of Russia it is even cheaper!
10. In Moscow it is much safer than you think
We are not sure why it exists, but there are stereotypes in the West that Russia is a dangerous place. To be honest, in our experience, life in Russia seems safer than in any big city in the United States or Europe. There may be some minor crimes, but in general you will feel safe living in Russia.

Summing up, I think Moscow is the best city in the world to start a career or a new life..
Liam on Aug 04, 2022:
Why is Moscow the best city on earth?
1. There are no Negroes
2. There are no faggots and LGBT
3. There are no stupid anonymous users from gay, cowardly countries who allow migrants to rape their wives.
4. The largest and most promising city in Europe and the world
5. The best 4 seasonal climate.
6. The only country the USA asks before doing something in the world!
7. Most nuclear warheads in the world.
8. The most delicious cuisine in the world!
Trump 2024 on Aug 04, 2022:
Experts included Moscow in the top 5 best cities in the world once again.

The Russian capital holds its position in the ranking for the second year in a row.
Moscow took fourth place in The World's 100 Best Cities rating of the 100 best global cities. It is released by the reputable consulting company Resonance Consultancy based on indicators such as tourist attraction, convenience for living, working and doing business. London is on the first line of the rating, Paris is the second, and New York has come the third. Dubai closes the top five.
“As it was last year, Moscow is the fourth in the rating of the best metropolises to live and work in, and travel to. The rating takes into account many parameters. International experts assess both business opportunities or, for example, the cultural environment, and how balanced the urban development is too. We reaffirmed our leadership positions, being ahead of the strongest competitors, such as Tokyo, Dubai, Singapore, Barcelona and Los Angeles,“ said Natalya Sergunina, Deputy Moscow Mayor.
When making the ranking, statistical indicators are assessed in 24 fields, grouped into six main categories: place, product, people, economic prosperity, leisure, progress. In the "Product" category, the Russian capital was recognized as the leader due to its well-developed infrastructure, flight connection and large number of attractions. Moscow is the second in the "Place" category for high level of safety and availability of high-quality parks. Moscow is on fifth line in the "Leisure" category; in terms of people education level it is among the top 3 after London and St. Petersburg, and in terms of the number of Instagram hashtags it is in the top ten.
“This year Moscow has significantly strengthened its position in the “Economic Prosperity” group of indicators, having jumped up from 64th to 25th place. The assessment was made on the basis of a number of economic indicators, including unemployment rate and per capita Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP). Let me remind you that the registered unemployment in Moscow is now 0.51 percent — the lowest level since last April,” said Vladimir Yefimov, Deputy Mayor for Economic Policy and Property and Land Relations.
The capital of Russia is dynamically developing as an international technological center. Moscow has all conditions for developing and implementing innovations, emphasized Alexei Fursin, head of Moscow Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development.
“Thanks to the Moscow Government programs, startups can promote their developments supported by the Moscow Government and big business, test them in urban environment, and then start interacting with partners and customers. Thereafter, the most promising technologies are implemented into Moscow infrastructure, making the city still more innovative and attractive for residents and tourists,” Alexey Fursin added.
The World's 100 Best Cities rating is released since 2016 by the international consulting company Resonance. It takes into account statistics, feedback from the business community, industry professionals and tourists.
Anonymous on Aug 04, 2022:
How funny Supposed Rich Capitalist

Obviously you haven't driven 20km outside of Moscow but if you actually did you'd be on bumpy dirt fields. UN experts you said categorize Russia best infrastructure etc . You are just another putin az kissing comie trying to save face globally but it isn't working, the whole world knows better. Russia economy always was on the rocks way before sanctions decades before. Putin and his cronies talk alot of smack but nothing to back it up its always been like that. So go back to your mommas basement and drink some more nectar where you belong wannabe.
Rich Capitalist on Aug 03, 2022:
UN experts recognize Moscow best metropolis in terms of quality of life.
Moscow has been name the best in the world in terms of infrastructure development and quality of life according to UN-Habitat's City Prosperity Index (CPI), as Sergei Sobyanin stated in his blog.

“The fact that our city is recognized as the world leader in quality of life and infrastructure development reflects a fair assessment of the huge positive changes taking place in Moscow. The CPI does not give Moscow any formal advantages, but it helps challenge the existing stereotypes and proves that we are on the right track. It will also come in handy in the competition between the world’s largest megacities. For example, the host city for World Expo 2030 is going to be chosen soon. Moscow is among the candidates. And the fact that our achievements have been recognized by the UN will undoubtedly help us win the bid to host the largest forum displaying achievements in science, technology and culture on our planet,” said the Mayor of Moscow.
The short version of the relevant document was published by UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Program for sustainable urban development. The full text with a detailed description of the methodology and datasheet will be available on March 31.

Moscow performed strongly in healthcare, education, science and technology, culture and leisure, safety and public spaces. The experts also noted the well-developed housing, social, transport and ICT infrastructure in Moscow.

Moreover, according to a comprehensive assessment, Moscow is ranked third most prosperous megacity in the world, coming behind Singapore and Toronto. The top ten cities also include Sydney, London, Paris, Madrid, Shanghai, Hong Kong and New York.

For several years, experts from UN-Habitat and Centro EURE had been analyzing the performance of 54 largest cities in the world, with 29 megacities representing all continents being included in the final index. The experts compared them in the following dimensions: economic productivity, infrastructure development, quality of life, equality and social inclusion, environmental sustainability, administration and legislation. Balance among these indicators was also taken into account.

The index is intended to assess the progress of cities around the world with regard to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These are 17 interconnected goals adopted by the UN General Assembly as the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They include ensuring good health and well-being, developing infrastructure, introducing innovation, providing quality education for all and many more.

“UN-Habitat experts aim to develop a universal index of achievements of cities around the world to be based on prosperity – high quality of life and equal opportunities for all citizens in harmony with the environment. We appreciate and understand the approach adopted by UN-Habitat to measure the quality of urban life. Because the Moscow development program is centered around interests and needs of all citizens,” Sergei Sobyanin stressed.
The City Prosperity Index was first published in 2015 and then was halted until 2022. However, studies on the development of some cities based on its methodology were published for several years.
Anon on Jul 31, 2022:
Not all Russians supports Putin. And not everyone who disagrees with his policies can leave the country. It is unfair that opponents of the regime receive the same attitude from the West and Western companies as supporters of the regime.
Anonymous on Jul 21, 2022:
Turkey's president Erdogan is notorious for causing hyperinflation in Turkey now so Erdogan must be very dishonest and should be untrustworthy all all.

How could the world trust the hyperinflation-criminal Erdogan with the great responsibility of distribution of Ukraine grain worldwide fairly at a time like now while the world is desperately attempting to control inflation through fair distribution of Ukraine grain?

Are we tasking the hyperinflation-criminal Erdogan to hyperinflate the price of Ukraine grain through his distribution? If so, the result would be worst than the current inflation.
Anonymous on Jul 14, 2022:
So much hate between many countries but I live my life and nobody else. Reading all of this hate-filled political garbage makes me laugh.

Bye losers
Anonymous on Jul 14, 2022:
Russian government has always been known to be habitual liars everyone knows that. Continously brainwashing Russian citizens out of fear for their lives and freedom.

You can dig all you want but live stream satellite videos never lie about Russian soldiers killing civilians in Ukraine just walking down the street.

Nobody believes anything the Russian government says. But isn't it odd over 13,000 Russian citizens were arrested protesting the Russian governments murderous acts on live TV hum?

You can dig up all the bullshit you want to it doesn't matter.Fact is though the Russian government buried itself and the majority of Russian citizens in its wake.

There's nothing fake about me being Georgian. But I was in Georgia when Russian soldiers were killing civilians at random 2008.

Nobody cares how much digging you've done because you and the rest of Russians are totally finished just like Russia is finished.

I dare you to walk up to any Georgian citizen with your rhetoric and you will quickly receive your answer. People globally know the truth no hiding from it.

You are dismissed punk.
Anonymous on Jul 13, 2022:
There is literally zero evidence for anything you are saying. You come up with the most ridiculous claims and just repeat them. Then you create a fake 2nd person that joins your side (the fake guy from Georgia) to lend more credence to the anti-Russia sentiment you are trying to create.

The origin of the claims for Russian soldiers raping was Lyudmila Denisova, Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights. None of the claims were corroborated by anyone independently. What happened to her by the way? She was fired! By a vote of no confidence from Ukraine's parliament on May 31st:

But trolls like you will just keep repeating these claims, hoping no-one bothers to actually do any digging to see where they came from since articles citing her lies are still all over the web.

And so it goes with every preposterous, horrific sounding claim about Russia - if its not debunked within 48 hours it typically unravels on its own within a few weeks and disappears from the propaganda narrative to avoid scrutiny.

The same propaganda machine that told us Ukraine was winning, the Ghost of Kiev is real, the brave soldiers on Snake Island told the Russian battleship to F- yourself (they surrendered without a fight), Bucha was a massacre (Russian soldiers were already gone), Russia has been bombing Donbas for over 8 years (lol, yea we're suppose to believe they launch Tochka-U missiles from Ukraine's direction at Russian speaking people Ukraine hates).

Now they're telling you that Russia is blocking grain and starving the world, when in reality its the Ukrainian forces essentially under western US NATO command that are placing mines, which detach and float off into the sea, and making safe passage for grain shipments impossible. Now there are reports of Ukrainian forces setting grain fields on fire.

The reality is that the west is the one that could care less about the Ukrainian people and uses them as a pawn. They would be much better off if they rose up and kicked out Zelensky, replaced him with an anti-NATO Ukrainian who actually obeyed the Minsk accords.
Anonymous on Jul 13, 2022:
No anti- Russia trolls here just the facts being Russians and Russia has been labeled as murderers and rapists globally especially when the TERRIBLE 10 which are Russian soldiers happily raped children and putin replied he's proud of them. But Russian soldiers did the same thing in syria too all documented factual evidence open for the world to see. Try to travel abroad the stigma follows Russians,blacklisted.

Nobody likes child rapists or do they like for the majority of Russian citizens to condone it either.It's been a consistent pattern Russian soldiers have displayed for decades no doubt.

You mudda fukas are all dead
Anonymous on Jul 12, 2022:
how much do you anti-Russia trolls get paid to make sure the last comment on this page is something hateful to Russia and full of globohomo propaganda? your job is sad.
Anonymous on Jul 10, 2022:
Russia shall not be forgiven forever by the whole world due to terrorist Putin for skyrocketing food price throughout the whole world through engaging unnecessary war in Ukraine while all people from all over the world are very sensitive to inflation now since the Ukraine war.

Terrorist Putin should consider for his future seriously now by stopping the inflation war in Ukraine immediately and then helping to end the food inflation pressure of the whole world caused by the Ukraine war in order to attone the suffering of food inflation which he causes to the whole world until so far or else though terrorist Putin is a billionaire now, he may end up worse than a begger eventually through the tremendous pressure of the whole world which terrorist Putin wouldn't dare to dream about before.
Anonymous on Jul 06, 2022:
Oh it's never been a troll thing or a western thing either.Many countries globally hate the west but they are normally the first to scream for help when they need the west. I fully agree with the post on July 1,2022 for these reasons.Putin and his henchmen think they have the right to invalid countries like Georgia where I'm from Tbilisi to be exact. There's over 65 countries looking at what Putin ordered. Do you really think the west is in control of other countries feelings about what happened and ongoing? You must be a pro Putin supporter or just deranged.What about all of the people Russian soldiers killed in Georgia when they took northern Georgia during the 2008 Olympics? Do you think the west had anything to do with that? I lost two brothers and one sister in that episode. Say nothing more.
Anonymous on Jul 05, 2022:
The main strategy of the desperate western propagandist: repeat your lies, over and over, hoping that your loud voice drowns out the truth. But everyone who has done any thinking for themselves knows, truth is quiet, humble, obscured, yet in the end victorious. Why is the west so desperate to make Russians hated? To the point where they hire pathetic trolls like the guy below to post random hateful comments on a cost of living site of all places.
Anonymous on Jul 01, 2022:
It's obvious who commented below me is a British punk so he must adhere to his Russian wifey so she will stay with him.

There's no propaganda involved concerning the Russian military raping children and women at will. Satellite evidence doesn't lie because those images cannot be manipulated especially since it's a live feed.

Putin has a confirmed 73% approval rating which was verified not just heresay.The majority of Russian citizens have always been treacherous but this time there's no guess work the world has seen it.

Russians are habitual liars overall. The Russian military if you want to call it that is on display for the world to see and it's the laughing stock globally no doubt.

But judgement day is coming very soon to Russia. Watch and learn how the world won't let it go until every Russian in Russia or living globally will swallow the bitter pill they've earned that being death.
Anonymous on Jun 30, 2022:
The person below clearly drank a bit too much of the western propaganda koolaid.

None of these things were said about Russia before now suddenly they are killers and rapists. What changed? The entire Russian population? Or perhaps Western propaganda that brainwashes the gullible “save me daddy” Westerners on the daily?

The same propaganda machine that proclaimed vaccines stop transmission to admit that it didn’t, Covid came from Chinese people and eating bats to admit that it didn’t, that Ukraine was winning all along and now it’s not, there are Nazis in Ukraine (pre 2022) but now there aren’t because they have a Jewish president (2022). Men can get pregnant. And so on and on.
Anonymous on Jun 29, 2022:
It doesn't matter if Russians do an about face and act nicely anymore. Fact is it would be a death sentence globally for Russian citizens to travel anywhere.Since Russia wants to be a sovereign country they got their wish for many decades to come no doubt. Anyone who favors Putin,or the Russian citizens who support putin,are cold blooded killers and child molesters ie rapists.

Russia continues to show the world how heartless and brutal they are and they brag about it.Countries around the world will hunt you down you cannot hide from the world even if you're in Russia.
Anonymous on Jun 27, 2022:
Uninhabitable Russian maggots evaporating screams of agonizing pain music to the world's ears.
Anonymous on Jun 27, 2022:
Within a short time Russia will be inhabital due to very high levels of radiation. Slow agonizing deaths mass starvation has a nice ring to it as the world watches Russians melt down.Finally the sounds of total silence as russias civilization becomes extinct.
Anonymous on Jun 18, 2022:
Travel to Russia should be avoided due to civil unrest. Any foreigners should refrain from investing in any real-estate or business acquisitions as well. Opening a personal or business bank account should be avoided due to confiscation of funds by central bank of Russia or other banks. It's highly possible future business dealings with Russia are risky to say the least.It'll be decades before Russia shows any signs of improvement financially or structurally The only reasons why the ruble is showing value is due to 50 billion to save the ruble from tanking, however that won't last much longer. So anyone thinking about investing in Russia will experience zero net gains but instead major financial losses.
Anonymous on May 21, 2022:
You Russian trolls posting here are failing at glorifying Russian approvals throughout Russia which is false. The only thing popping up the rouble is fake data the central bank of Moscow is supplying. Once a liar always a liar Russians are known to be habitual liars. But one things for certain the parties over for the Russian economy. Pushed out of the global financial market pushed out of global trade,but who really did the pushing from day one? Russia did so Russians guaranteed themselves a ride back in time let's call it 4 decades back in time or more. Another reality being outcasts globally undesirables filthy pigs nobody wants to be around let alone be allowed in other countries.Nobody wants to do business with Russia anymore for good reasons obviously. The world will watch Russians starve to death it's already happening now. Humanitarian aid won't arrive from any country but instead turn Russia into a burning inferno.The smell of your burning flesh excites the world but your deaths will be more exciting.
Anonymous on Apr 05, 2022:
I'm now in Russia, so lemme tell you who really support Putin and the war. You can devide Russian people in 2 generations. The older one (30-75 years old) they ussually watch TV, so you can expect a big part of them are brainwashed. I would say 90%, including my father, grandmather, aunts and uncles. I managed to cut off the TV antena a few years ago for my mother and installed YouTube. When the war started I from time to time showed her the reality, videos, pictures, youtube videos and she firmly against the war now. So guys the situations is not desperate!
What about the younger generations (to 30). You can subdevide to 2 categories. 1 is modern and open-minded, and 2nd are naive divs from contryside who are used to watch TV. It's hard to pinpoint the scale but I would say the open-minded category highly preveils in the cities, conutryside doesn't really bring any political value. So about 80% (based on how it feels like) are good and anti war. So good are 10% in older generation and 80% in younger. What's the root cause of everything that's going on right now? TV.
Anonymous on Apr 05, 2022:
20% mortage like Harare( Zimbabwe) or Ababa (Ethiopia). Best country to born, live and die. Buy a cardboard box for a Russian, and he will be happy. The quality of housing in Moscow for this price is terrible. Watch the video reviews of apartments from the residential complex "Peak" if you do not believe
Anonymous on Apr 05, 2022:
Rub/USD 0.00952. Prices so height, but salaries is not raise. Life in Russia isbe unpredictable and uncomfortable now
Anonymous on Apr 02, 2022:
Russians support Putin 100%. So we believe that our country is not responsible for total destruction of Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, we dont think that over 17000 of our soldiers died in Ukrainian war, we dont think that Belgorod just across the border from Kharkiv eas attacked by Ukrainian army which caused huge oil refinery blasts and ammunition explosions…

We also also dont think that ukrainians in this current special operation could down 140+ of our war planes and 7 navy boats and we dont think that our army is running from Kyiv because they were almost surrounded there by Ukrainians! We know for sure that our conscripts are not being thrown to war and are not captured by their side. All such videos released by Ukrainians are fake. We trust Putin and know that we are fighting NATO in Ukraineand that it is simply a bloodless special operation! Long live peaceful and Nazi- free Russia!!
Anonymous on Apr 01, 2022:
To all Russians

We arrived in Russia incognito recently and have distributed our special recipe for you to eat throughout Russia. Our job finished in Russia. We will watch as we feed all things that breathe in Russia their final meal,a quick flash non-existence guaranteed,enjoy your meal
Zigis on Mar 31, 2022:
Juokdaris, tu pats puikiai zinai kad tokios raides kaip į ž š ū bei kitos specifines lietuviskos raides ir nosines nieks internete ne raso, nes ilgai uztrunka, o raide “i” ilgaja as negaliu ivest per telefona, nes ekranas duzes ir neveikia ekrano dalis.
Joe Bidon on Mar 30, 2022:
Anonymous BOT who wrote the message on Apr 23, 2019. You said that you have lived all your life in Russia in the town of Kasimov? Let's start with the fact that if you are Russian, you should know that in our country the KGB has not existed for more than 30 years. Further, the nonsense that you are talking about beatings, capturing your sons and so on is such that I cannot take it seriously. Life which you describe literally as if you are talking about the serfs of the 14th century. Harvesting firewood to heat your food and not die in winter, fishing to prepare supplies for the winter ... You probably also live in the forest? Do you have a fishing license and permit? Do you have a license to cut wood? We have environmental protection and nature, you will be slapped with such a fine for this that you really start to starve. Then you say that in Kasimov there is no electricity and gas for more than 10 years, no one at all ... This is a lie, you have never been to Kasimov, apparently. Kasimov is a beautiful historical town in the Ryazan region, there are many churches, there is a Kremlin (who does not know, almost every historical city in Russia has a Kremlin. The Kremlin is the Russian name for the central fortress / castle in the city). Here everyone has electricity and gas, there are banks, restaurants, factories, car services, hospitals, and so on. Do you think all this works on firewood?
Zigimantas on Mar 30, 2022:
I am a Lithuanian, I came to Moscow 5 years ago from Vilnius, life in Lithuania was not the sweetest because of corruption and police arbitrariness, and the average salary was 450eur. In Moscow, I receive (like many of my friends here) 78,800 rubles per month. The city is beautiful, very clean, a lot of police and very safe, in general, living here is not expensive but not cheap either. The people are friendly. Very good public transport, but there are a lot of traffic jams in the city, so I advise you to take the metro. I have been to many cities of the “golden ring”, and many others in the central part of Russia, everywhere is very beautiful, clean and comfortable, but the difference in prices compared to Moscow is colossal and not in favor of Moscow. In general, the article is very informative and realistic. I would like to draw the attention of decent people to the Russophobic and deceitful comments of bots that spread misinformation. It's not true, don't believe them, these people have never been to Russia, you can see it, all they know about the country is propaganda and lies. Relatives from Lithuania often call me and fear for my life, I cannot understand how they brainwash you there? I feel safer here than anywhere else.
Anonymous on Mar 29, 2022:
Anonymous, I'm not sure who're you writing this for, but since this site is about statistics, I'll do this community a favour and factcheck your comment.

You will earn nothing - pro-government commenters sometimes are offcially employed and are paid an adequately
Russia is disconnecting from the global internet - not yet
every Russian citizen has lost their jobs - no
bank accounts due to the ruble becoming worthless - no
Lets see over 13,000 protesters were arrested - kind of
beaten badly - usually people get forfeit or 15 days detention
Russian citizens are that angry - sadly they are not
Anonymous on Mar 04, 2022:
Currently 117 rubles to 1 usd The world has turned against putin and his regime obviously. But China sees an opportunity to crush Russia which isn't a hard task. Invade Russia use Russian women for their whores working in Chinese casinos in Russia. Keep making big mistakes putin because the cccp thanks you for handing your country to us.

Anonymous on Feb 18, 2022:
Costs of everything in Russia are very expensive now especially here in Moscow. Deep cuts in salaries haven't helped at all due to lack of business and being closed for almost one year didn't help either. So hold off on trying to predict costs for now since items normally purchased change upward daily.
Anonymous on Jan 30, 2022:
The U S is military is hopeing Putin will make the grave mistake of invading Ukraine. It'll take years not months to pick up the dead in Russia but we'll start with the Kremlin just to prove a point.Putin already knows his fake power play hasn't gone unnoticed by the most lethal military on the planet the U S military.Run away quickly very fast run for your lives because once the mighty U S military strikes not one living thing will be breathing in Russia talk is cheaper than action.We will kill you run away fast but you won't be able to escape the death blow delivered by the mighty U S military rest assured. Where is your fuking Jesus now Russia. We will put you in your graves with your imaniganiry Jesus buried alive. I smell burnt puddy throughout Russia, women won't be spared either but that's not a loss they'll be used for fertilizer just like all Russians will be.

The End
Anonymous on Jan 22, 2022:
Putin talks alot of trash about his so-called ZIRCON Hypersonic missles but they don't exist. I defected from a very high level position in the Russian military not long ago.

Certain inaliation of everything breathing in Russia is imminent should Russia continue to taunt the U S military. That also includes China.

Both countries talk alot of trash but in the end the U S military will smell the bodies burning in Russia and China and the landscape scorched to ashes.
Anonymous on Dec 23, 2021:
Russia is already a statistic but Putin is raising the bar towards a nonexistent statistic.Putin and the Kremlin prides itself on deception of having weapons of mass destruction that doesn't exist.

Ask any honest Russian how they're progress is going towards even visiting the. U S. and they'll say no visitors from Russia allowed.

Putin like the Kremlin is a non-productive entity and its been that way since day one. Unfortunately Russian citizens endure the fallout and yes I'm one of those Russians on the receiving end just like many more millions are.

Putin has made it impossible for citizens to live even decently but he turns a blind eye like the Kremlin does daily.

Putin likes his photo ops with Russian women in groups though but the only reason women attend is for exposure to the world and nothing more.

Price fluctuations are too unstable to actually predict on a daily basis.So to the ones giving costs of things according to their renditions I say F U because unlike others I live here in Moscow.
Anonymous on Dec 03, 2021:
Nothing on here is correct never will be. Besides why would anyone ever want to live in Moscow or anywhere else in Russia? The currency has never been stable alcoholics galore both male and female. Let's not forget women on the streets day or night transmitting their communicable diseases selling themselves for a few rubles.
Anonymous on Aug 19, 2021:
All the text written by Valery below is the complete opposite of reality, except the amounts...Family of three takes about 70 KRub per mo at least, except rental payments, just for feed and few entertainments.
Valeriy on Jul 12, 2021:
Muscovites ' idea of a decent life is as follows: to have a spacious apartment in the city ($200,000 - $ 300,000), a country house with a plot of land for summer holidays ($100,000- $ 200,000), a Korean or Japanese car ($20,000- $ 30,000), to give children a higher education ($20,000- $ 30,000)
Valeriy on Jul 12, 2021:
The locals are very respectful of their city. In this regard, you will practically not see garbage on the street.

In the city center, as it is not strange, mostly newcomers or young people live - the closer to the center, the more difficult it is to deliver a child to school or kindergarten.

Labor migrants in Moscow are mainly from Central Asia. They work in taxi, construction and retail. They all speak Russian and are very kind, although they are prone to deceit.

The police are loyal to foreigners, no one will intentionally offend you. Most likely, any police officer will think 10 times before contacting a foreigner. Of course, if it is not connected with a gross violation of public order - in this case, they will not stand on ceremony.
Valeriy on Jul 12, 2021:
Medical care in Moscow is free of charge. This means that your life will be saved without any conditions. Without five-star comfort, but quite qualified and modern methods. But, of course, no one will treat your chronic diseases for free or do a massage.

Education for children is free and is at a fairly high level. At least the schools are comfortable and safe, and the teachers are sufficiently qualified. Children at school are not aggressive - there are no fights and other violence in schools. Most likely, everyone will want to be friends with a foreigner. This, unfortunately, does not apply to children from Asia, because of the contemptuous attitude towards migrant workers.
Valeriy on Jul 12, 2021:
The salary of a city bus driver in Moscow is about 60,000 rubles.

An English tutor who gives private lessons receives from 2,000 rubles for a 2-hour lesson.

A year of study at the university costs from 200,000 to 500,000 rubles.

There is practically no street crime in Moscow. At least if you get robbed on the street, this case will get into the newspapers. The murders are mostly of a domestic nature and occur among the marginalized. Street drug trafficking does not exist at all.
Julia on May 10, 2021:
Yan, that looks reasonable and similar compared to our calculations just we rent for 60k as we use a 2 bedrooms flat in the centre.
Yan on May 10, 2021:
Household of four total monthly costs:97k Rub, including 2 bedrooms rent 45k Rub. Total Net payroll income of my wife and me: 350k Rub. Annual savings about 2.3 Million Rub. And we are far frim being a part of the rich crowd here.
Anonymous on Mar 24, 2021:
I love it when Russians shoot my Hawaiian pizza and then throw the pizza in my face. The gunpowder from the bullet is an excellent garnish for my pizza.
Anonymous on Mar 23, 2021:
I want to have affairs with 3 foreign men in Moscow who are married for mutual benefits.
Anonymous on Mar 20, 2021:
I agree with the previous comment. In a way numbers shown here serve no other purpose then to prop up Putin’s corrupt image! In reality paid internet trolls probably enter inflated data when things are not what they seem
Anonymous on Mar 09, 2021:
These comments about salaries in Moscow and Russia are laughable.Putin has raped Russian citizens financially along with other high level people in government and private favorites of Putin who work together with him to financially enrich themselves.Let's see Putins current net cash worth is 213 billion usd no joke. He also has a huge Palace he owns in Russia along with a mansion in Switzerland and one in France.Not to forget 9 private jets he owns and numerous exotic cars. Look at the watch on his wrist next time it only cost $85,000 usd.
Antanas on Mar 08, 2021:
It is important to understand that Moscow is not Russia, as salaries are much higher. Statistics on averages in Russia:

Average salary 449 EUR (net), minimum 120 EUR (net). Average pension 166 EUR.

Interesting to mention that minimum salary is even lower than in Ukraine,the country which always Russian propaganda attacks... Even more painful for Russia is that the averages in the Baltic states (post-soviet), which said strict NO to Russia and have put all efforts to become western people ARE MUCH HIGHER:

Average salaries in Baltic countries: Estonia 1214 EUR (net), Lithuania 967 EUR (net). Average pensions are around 450 and 500 EUR respectively. Minimum salaries 546 EUR and 468 EUR, respectively in net terms. It is clear that the "failure" states (according to Russia propaganda) are doing much better.

Its very sad that Russia being sooo rich in natural resources and plenty of smart people is totally lagging behind providing normal living standards for their ordinary citizens...
Anonymous on Feb 26, 2021:
I would like to know what is “City Centre” for Moscow? For me the rents look relatively low.
Anonymous on Jan 14, 2021:
If you're going to be on an English writing platform then write English that makes sense other than make excuses for you being an uneducated African boi.Otherwise get on an African platform where you're from.I live in Moscow always have boi.Everyone here knows your game dude.You're just another one of those punks that show up on here and other platforms occasionally with your brand of bullshit that nobody believes.I cannot see your messages anymore liar just blocked you wannabe Russian.
Anonymous on Jan 14, 2021:
Learn how to spell if you're going to troll people punk.You're obviously bored with your menial existence liar.
Anonymous on Jan 14, 2021:
The way you word your sentences makes me think you're from Africa and you probably are punk.
Anonymous on Dec 24, 2020:
There are very few high earners in Moscow more like 85% of workers get between 60 to 70 rub each month nonskilled workers 45rub monthly.
Anonymous on Dec 24, 2020:
Average salary in Moscow is overinflated because of the high number of high-earners in Moscow. So ~70% get less than this 114000 rub/mo of average salary.
Anonymous on Dec 13, 2020:
Maybe you live in a different Moscow than I do hum? Doctors, lawyers, and real-estate companies normally make 100,000 to 165,000 each month per employee depending upon their specialty so that doesn't fall into the category of median monthly salaries.114,000 may look like an average monthly salary to you and that's your opinion which I respect,but the reality being that's not correct.If you've ever worked in Moscow you'd know my numbers are correct because I'm from Moscow. The majority of information online is way over inflated by the Kremlin to make things look progressive.But the reality being the majority of people originally from Moscow live with their parents or relatives. It's not uncommon to see adults and their children living in one small house with their parents.As far as real-estate companies go,the Kremlin dictates which real-estate companies flourish or become nonexistent. Much of that depends upon how connected that real-estate company is with the Kremlin. Once again you have a right to your opinion, but just remember propaganda within the Kremlin is big business reputation wise.
Anonymous on Dec 12, 2020:
As Humira is considered to be a life saving drug, prices on it are state-capped. If you are in hospital you can get it there for free, otherwise you need to buy it in the pharmacy
Anonymous on Dec 12, 2020:
114000 rub/mo looks like an average salary rather than a median. Median wage in Moscow in 2019 was around 66000 rub/mo
Anonymous on Dec 05, 2020:
2020 minimum monthly wage 20,195 rubles average monthly wage before taxes is between 60,000 to 70,000.
pinky on Nov 14, 2020:
The average salary in Moscow by 50% of the population is at least 114,000 rubels per month (GBP£1,120). Rentals are 50-65% lower than in London (and even then I am sure the actual rental prices in London is far higher). This means the Russians have higher living standards than the average Londoners... Pretty depressing.
Marc Ray on Nov 09, 2020:
Hi there,
I am just wondering if anyone knows whether there is any discount from the government on Humira injection. This injection pen is used to maintain Ankylosing Spondylitis. This is kind of a deal breaker for me to move to Moscow.
Many thanks for your answers
Anonymous on Jun 18, 2020:
However, problems can be if a) you need expensive drugs prices on which are not state-controlled (although state caps prices on lifesaving drugs, some can still cost a lot) b) somebody else is living off your pension (in Moscow there is a big-big rarity, but in depressive villages/towns it is not as rare) c) outside Moscow minimal pension is less than that sum(average is ~15k, minimal is at the "pensioner's living minimum", which is something like 9-10k). d) (practically) all housing in moscow has utilities, as practically all housing without them was demolished,but it's not the case in smaller&poorer cities, so some retirees indeed don't have utilities(although state caps utility expenses as 22% from the income).
. on Jun 18, 2020:
Before saying why say if. Minimal pension in Moscow is 19500 Rub/month, + there are social card discounts on food/drugs and free transit for them. If you have the place to live (like the vast majority of moscow retirees), you won't starve on that kind of money. Although of course it will be a frugal life.
Marie on Jun 17, 2020:
I have a question. If it's cheap and elders get pension which I know isn't much why they starving n no utilities?
Anonymous on Jun 11, 2020:
65000-70000 rub average
After all major expenses(rent 1 bedroom close to the center or good area 40000,utilities 4000,food at supermarket 12000,monthly pass 2200,internet 400,mobile 400) you will have approximately 6000-11000rub (85-160$). But you can rent nice 1bedroom at the edge of the city near metro station 30000-32000rub plus utilities 3000-4000 rub
Daniel on Mar 30, 2020:
The site's averaged numbers are true. I am from Moscow and get 70.000 rub net. Being single, I pay 30.000 rub per month for a low-class one room apartment outside of city center. In fact, the closeness to the metro here is what is important, so you could live quite far from the center but still feel comfortable if the apartment is close to the metro. The remaining money (40.000) is comparatively enough for life, but you would want 50-60.000 rub per month excluding rent to lead a comfortable life.

Everything above 100.000 per month is very good, if you live alone. If you are recruited here from abroad, there's a high possibility you'll get more.

Public transportation is very cheap, compared to practically all Western world, yet high class. I personally prefer Moscow underground to New York's, Paris's etc. Telephone+internet is cheap and typically includes lots of free GBs for 10$/month. Flats are warm during winter, and bills are also VERY cheap compared to e.g. the EU - water, gas - after living for some time in Germany and in Denmark, I began appreciating both the warm flats and the low bills in Russia :-) Also, life is quite safe here, and all the stories about tanks/bears on the streets are what they are - just stories.
Anonymous on Mar 04, 2020:
Im very good photographer for girls
Manisha brar on Feb 20, 2020:
I want to know my husband visit today Russia in Moscow for language course in Russia , is it helpful to get job over there and is it possible to give interview online and get work visa for me.
Anonymous on Jan 16, 2020:
Yes, seems to be ok
The cheapest accommodation ( bed with roommates, койкоместо) is 5000R/month
Badwolf on Jan 14, 2020:
I will come for a job next month to moscow.
my salary will be 45,000/- rub per month.

hope to dedicate 6000/- rub for expenses. is it okay..??
how much will be a cheapest accomadation there..??

Thank you.
Evgeny on Dec 14, 2019:
Internet connection in Moscow is as fast as 100-200Mbit for 500-700RUB, which is extremely cheap and good.
Mobile connection - a 500 minutes and 10-20Gb traffic contract costs about 750 RUB, and 4G coverage is great!

Plenty of 24h groceries, bars, etc.
Service level is moderate on average, and is rising from year to year.

There is something else you going to get living there.
Most of ordinary Russians are very warm, sincere and ready to help a foreigner. Some have grim faces, true, but if you ask for help - they will try to help you. When we smile you, we do that sincerely.

Take into consideration one more point.

Most of world media belongs to people who hate Russia and Russians. It is no surpize that Russians are demonized and accused of all world's problems. Don't let that media make your opinion for you - just come and see for yourself. You'll be surprised, I promise.
Evgeny on Dec 14, 2019:
Although most data seams reasonable, there are some notes I'd like to add.

Generally quality of life is quite high in Moscow, and one of the highest across Russia, of course.
Main drawbacks are distances and traffic, dirt all around for 6-7 months a year (Oct-Apr) and poor food quality.

Public kindergartens and schools are free in Russia, however, there is no guarantee for availability, especially for kindergartens.
I doubt (although don't know for sure) medical care is free for non-citizens, so private insurance would be some 70k RUB/year. Anyway it is must-have, as public healthcare wastes your time way too often.

Public transport system is well-developed and continues to grow. Ticket cost is extremely low, taxi rides are moderately-priced.
Driving a car in Moscow for an unprepared non-resident is quite a trial: intensive and dense traffic, aggressive driving, cameras everywhere. Be prepared if you try, and start from car-sharing, which is also quite developed.

As for safety, most of districts are safe. There is a lot of video surveillance around, and I guess one need to put special efforts in order to get hurt. However there are lots of people who will try to con a foreigner. Police is not willing too much to help you if you run in trouble, so don't be too trustful.

The city has loooooots of places to visit, and if you are interested in Russian culture you'll keep yourself busy for a year, I guess.
City parks are being developed, although there are not too many of them (depending on district however).


For a single person approximate spendings would be about 90-100k a month, half of them for 1-room apartments next to subway station in a good district, that saves much time. This is valid for economy mode. For "middle-class style living" I'd reserve 120k, again, half for apartments.
For 3-member family one would need some 130k + apartments - 55-80k.

Actual spendings will very depending on lifestyle.

Salaries (as I see them for Dec 2019)

Average salary for an IT specialist varies from 50-80K (tech support engineer) to 150K (qualified system administrator or highly specialised engineer) and 180-200K for a middle programmer with some good background, and even higher for senior professionals. .
Others earn much less. An average salary is some 80K.

What is also important to keep in mind is that Russian personal income tax is as low as 13% for residents, non-residents owing a patent, or highly qualified personnel.
Ilia on Nov 28, 2019:
Its enough. Rent is 27000 rub there.
Hookah is about 1500 rub
10000 rub for food.
Gym is 2000 rub per month
Anonymous on Nov 26, 2019:
> Please advise, 100.000 Ruble is enough for single person ?
Anonymous on Nov 21, 2019:
or maybe I've gone a bit overboard with the half, as 1br rent at Vnukovo is 25k. But anyway, I suggest sth like 40-50k can be enough for living expenses per 1 person, excluding rent
Anonymous on Nov 21, 2019:
Of course, 100k net is more than enough for a single person. In fact, it's possible to save up a half of that salary (maybe, even more, depending on the lifestyle of course)
Birol on Nov 18, 2019:
Dear All,

I will come to Moscow after new year. My salary will be 100.000 ruble per month. I need to find flat near the Vnukova Airpot.

Please advise, 100.000 Ruble is enough for single person ? I am going to gym and smoking hookah. Im not using alcohol or cigarette.

Have a nice day :)
Constantine on Nov 07, 2019:
>>>...and the russian education system is also worse than the US system, based on international education scores.

Don't agree with that statement, since simple check shows that Russian scores in Mathematics, Science and Reading are higher than in the USA

As a muscovite, I would say that cost of living in Moscow is higher too, than described on the page:)