Our Russian office

Inter Relocation Group
Intermark Relocation

Kropotkinsky per.7, bld.1
Moscow (Group Member)

Irina Yakimenko
Tel.: +7 495 502-9553
Fax: +7 495 502-9554
Email: [email protected]
Responsible for: Operations in Russia

Russia Relocation Guide

Government type: Federal semi-presidential republic
Capital: Moscow
Total Area: 17,075,400 km²
Population: 145,2 mln

GDP Per Capita (PPP) $15,836
Official languages: Russian
Religions: Russian Orthodox 41%, Muslim 6,5% Buddhist 0,5%, Catholic, Protestant or Jewish less than 1%, unspecified or none 18,5 %
Country code: +7
Currency: Ruble (RUB)
Voltage: 220 V

Government type: Federal semi-presidential republic
Capital: Moscow
Total Area: 17,075,400 km²
Population: 145,2 mln

GDP Per Capita (PPP) $15,836
Official languages: Russian
Religions: Russian Orthodox 41%, Muslim 6,5% Buddhist 0,5%, Catholic, Protestant or Jewish less than 1%, unspecified or none 18,5 %
Country code: +7
Currency: Ruble (RUB)
Voltage: 220 V

Russia (officially known as both Russia and the Russian Federation ) is located in the northern hemisphere of the Eurasia continent. The territory of Russia is bordered by the waters of the Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. The Urals serves as the border between the Asian and European parts of Russia. The Asian part includes Siberia and the Far East. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (both via Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea.

It also has maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk, and the United States by the Bering Strait. Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than one eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area. The territory of Russia spans through 9 time and various zones : from sub arctic and tundra climate in the north to sub tropical in the south.

Russia is a federal semi-presidential republic, federal subjects of different levels with the President as the head of state and the Prime Minister as the head of government. The national capital, where the President`s and the government`s offices are located, is Moscow

Modern-day Russia has a market economy with enormous natural resources, particularly oil and natural gas. It has the world’s 10th largest economy by nominal GDP or the 6th largest by purchasing power parity (PPP), with the 4th largest nominal military budget. Since the turn of the 21st century, higher domestic consumption and greater political stability have bolstered economic growth in Russia. Russia is a great power and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, a member of the G20, the Council of Europe, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the Eurasian Economic Union, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and is the leading member of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The culture of Russia has a rich history and can boast a long tradition of excellence in every aspect of the arts, especially when it comes to literature and philosophy, classical music and ballet, architecture and painting, cinema and animation, all of had considerable influence on the world culture.

There are over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples in Russia. Ethnic Russians with Slavic Orthodox traditions, Tatars and Bashkirs with Turkic Muslim culture, Buddhist nomadic Buryats and Kalmyks, Shamanistic peoples of the Extreme North and Siberia, highlanders of the Northern Caucasus, Finno-Ugric peoples of the Russian North West and Volga Region all contribute to the cultural diversity of the country.

The rental market in Russia highly differs from city to city. With Moscow being the top destination in Russia, 95% of expatriates are usually offered their new positions only in the capital. The Moscow rental market is extremely dynamic and constantly expanding. The demand exceeds the supply and rental prices are buoyant as a consequence.

The housing market in Moscow can be divided into two major categories: central/downtown housing and out-of-town/compound housing. Central housing is represented by apartments (both furnished and unfurnished options are available) that normally are most popular among singles, couples, and families with older kids. The central location provides a wide variety of entertainment, restaurants, sports, and other amenities. Also, such properties are normally located within easy reach to the assignee’s office and public transport (the Moscow Metro is very popular).

Out-of-town housing is represented by expatriate compounds, which consist of American-style townhouses or detached houses with gardens. Such properties are normally available unfurnished. Most of the main compounds have waiting lists or the number of available properties is very small. However, the countryside property market is developing very dynamically and today there are some interesting compounds, which may offer worthy alternatives. Generally, properties in such compounds belong to private owners and we can almost always find available options.

The first half of 2015 still witnessed an increase of USD/RUB exchange rate which was the main cause of rental prices gradually sliding down. As a result, the average budget of the offer decreased by 17%. The fixation of rental prices in Rub at a specific exchange rate is another measure the landlords resort to under the new market conditions. Previously, the rental prices for elite property were mostly fixed in USD. However, in spite of currency fluctuation, some owners still prefer offering their property in USD.

Standard Tenancy: Average 1 year, minimum 6 months
Security Deposit: Yes, equivalent to 1 month rent
Real Estate Commission: Yes, charges from tenant side equal to a monthly rent.
Utilities: All utility payments (heating, water, building, maintenance,
security/concierge if exists, etc) usually are landlord’s
responsibility except for payments for electricity, telephone calls
and monthly charges for satellite TV and Internet traffic.

The Russian Constitution guarantees free, universal health care for all citizens. Russian healthcare, despite the high level of specialists, is severely under-funded, therefore it may cause different kinds of problems for unprepared expats. However, all newcomers should be aware of the variety of medical centres existing in Russia:

State clinics
Private clinics
International medical centres

Almost all expats prefer going to international medical centres as they are well run and organized with high levels of medical care and spoken English.

The national compulsory medical insurance (CMI) is often paid for by expat employers, in which case one is entitled to free treatment at any public clinic. Many expats opt for additional private health insurance due to the highly variable nature of Russian health facilities.

There are also chronic medicine shortages, particularly so once you move away from the capital. The private medical clinics in Moscow are on a par with European and American standards. These clinics are generally very expensive so it is highly recommended that you obtain private medical insurance to cover your medical expenses in Moscow. Most of these plans will also include evacuation cover for emergencies or life-threatening situations. Generally, Russian pharmacies stock only Russian medicines and those, who need chronic medication (like diabetics) should bring necessarymedication in the amount that will be sufficient until the next trip home.

Russian pharmacies, known as apteka, are identified by a large green cross above the door. Many medications, that require a prescription back home. here are available over the counter. In fact, most medicines are available without a prescription and are cheaper than in a lot of other countries.

In 2011 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced a large large-scale health-care reform and pledged to allocate more than 300 billion rubles ($10 billion) in the next few years to improve health care in the country.

Most popular international medical centers in Moscow are the following:
European Medical Centre (EMC)
International Clinic MEDSI (former American Medical Centre)
InterMedCenter – American Clinic
International SOS Clinic Moscow
GMS Clinic

American Dental Center
European Dental Center
French Dental Center
German Dental Care
US Dental Care

There are plenty of schools in Moscow which are in high demand with the expatriates coming to Moscow with children. Please see the data sheet with the key facts about the top five international schools.

Anglo-American School, 4 to 17 years, average fee per year: $16,700 – $31,300
British International School, 3 to 17years, average fee per year: €17,289 – €26,850
International School of Moscow, 2 to 12 years, average fee per year: €13,570 – €25,510
Lycée Français 4 to 17 years, average fee per year: €4,800 – €7,580
Deutsche Schule, 6 to 18 years, average fee per year: €7 ,000 – €7,400
English International School€16,150 – €23,800

Below you can find more information about international schools in Moscow.

The International School of Moscow
North-West, Krylatsky Hills area British curriculum for students from 2 until 15.

The Anglo-American School of Moscow
North of Moscow, Leningradsky prospect area
Lower, middle and upper school for children from 3 to 18 years old.

British International Schools 
North of Moscow, Leningradsky prospect area, Schools
South of Moscow, Leninsky prospect area, Schools
Rosinka Campus, School  ((please note that this school is only for Rosinka and Angelovo residents).

The English International School
East of Moscow
A quality International School for students 3 to 18 years. British standards & curriculum. Experienced British management

Atlantic International School 

Hinkson Christian Academy 

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