Moscow – first impressions after 2+ years away

Irrived in Moscow yesterday at 11:35am. First impressions after being away for over two years:

(1) Neatness and cleanliness leaning towards glamour.

(2) Huge police presence.

(3) A conspicuous number of Muslim-dressed people seen on Moscow streets.


(4) The traffic situation appears to be less of a problem than three years ago although this impression may be misleading as I arrived on Saturday, when traffic is not always high.

(5) Lots of bicycles. The colour of the season is white. And folding kick scooters all over not seen at all in 2013 Moscow.

(6) Public bicycle rental is all over, both in the city center and in the outskirts.



Bike rental points are marked in green

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My Moscow apartment is available for rent starting beginning of July 2015, 55 th. roubles/month

Too bad but our wonderful tenants of two years are leaving us. Thus this Moscow apartment is available for rent starting beginning of July 2015. 5-7 min. from Red Square, 2 rooms + loft, air, washing machine.

Long-term only, 55 th. roubles/month including utilities.

The building was put up by the vodka oligarch Smirnoff in 1903. Window of our apartment, looking onto the canal, are circled in red on the photo above.

The building has its own website, where you can get acquainted with it more closely.

The apartment is quiet, cozy, and charming. Ideal for academics and creative types. All the conditions for intellectual and creative work, as well as romance.

For years I’ve been renting this place out to travellers from abroad, short-term. In the last two years an artistic couple from St. Petersburg, Xenia and Leo, have been occupying it. You can speak with them on how it is to live there.

In view of the fact that apartment owners (us) are presently far from Moscow, we are looking for long-term tenants who will appreciate the location and the apartment itself, quiet and reliable people, with whom we could transact over distance.

Children and animals are welcomed!

We’ll be happy to answer any questions. Write to Tell us something about yourself. It is important for us who lives there.

No agents please. Do not write to us. Under no conditions will we deal with an agent.

About the apartment:

Ceilings 4m. Large windows overlooking the canal. Very quiet.

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Help me help this fine young BLIND fellow, a mathematician, a programmer, and a religious history expert, find a job

Introducing Dimitry Lapa, a translator, a religious history expert, and a programmer. He has greatly helped Alexandra by consulting her for her article on British church history, and I’m trying to return the favour. Here is a summary based on his resume and our correspondence:

Education: Two degrees, one is mathematician-programmer, and another religious studies.

Native Russian, fluent professional English, some German.

Over 100 publications.

But he is out of work. He is blind.

Above: Dimitry in London

It is Alexandra’s and mine idea to tell the world about him. Please read the text below that consists of fragments of his resume and correspondence with Alexandra. Just read and make a note there is such a person. Who is not asking money from anyone nor shouting around about his situation. He is just a well-qualified expert who wants to find a job to make a living. Perhaps one of you happens to be in a position to help, thus..

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Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov killed 300 meters from the Kremlin

I can’t invite you into this country. I can’t tell you how beautiful here. I do not agree with the policy of Russia, and I’m terrified of what’s happening here. I can not change what is happening in Russia. But I was born here and I am ashamed for this country.

We are still ready to provide our services if you decide to visit the north-west Russia. But I have no moral right to actively invite you here.

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“Teriberka to moscow – how far is it?”

This search query was noticed in the stats counter on the site. The famous Leviathan caused unprecedented interest to small Teriberka.

The distance between Moscow and Teriberka is 1969 km. You drive through Yaroslavl, Vologda Region, Karelia and Murmansk region. And – voilà! – you are in Teriberka.

moscow_teriberkaWe drove through most of this road by car and we can talk about it in detail. But if you are not interested in what’s between Moscow and Teriberka is much faster and more comfortable to get there by train/plane to Murmansk.

If you are sure that you are interested in Teriberka…
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“Dutch Loft” is back on the menu in Moscow, $25/person/night, for sociable talkative English speaker

Crisis special: $25 $20/person/night!

008It’s a pleasure to announce that my present long-term tenants, a high tech-employed Russian couple with a cat and a parrot, are ready to share space in the very center of Moscow. more >>

Moscow apartment for rent, children/pets welcomed

RENTED OUT, SORRY Two rooms, 7-th floor of Stalin-era building, 5 min. walk from Metro Kurskaya, on the Garden Ring. Windows are facing a quiet courtyard. Total area 50m2, rooms 16.5m2 each, kitchen 9m2. NOT renovated. Children and animals welcomed. Refrigerator, washing machine, diswasher. Antique furniture. Renovation possible on individual request. Rate 60 thousand roubles per month. Photos coming up. Write to (with a copy to me to for details.

NEW Photos added – click “read more” below.

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