Uncertainty is something nobody likes, whether it be in business or in our private lives. Yet uncertainty is part of our lives in Moscow, it is nothing new. Now it is Britainâs turn, with the decision to stay in or out of the EU coming up on the 23rd of June. This is probably the most important decision which Brits have had to make since the Second World War. I can only hope that we have the wisdom to discover the facts and act impartially, which is very difficult to do considering the instruments of persuasion in the hands of the powers to be, the inherent lack of ability to see the global picture from a local perspective, and a natural desire to secure our short term security at the possible expense of considering the future.
Our American colleagues have perhaps an even more difficult decision coming up which could be described as a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea. All of this seems to put Moscow life into perspective. As Chris Weafer points out in his column, perhaps being off the front pages for a while is actually a positive thing for Russia, whilst a creeping reintegration of the country into the worldâs geopolitical communities takes place almost unnoticed.
In this issue it is the British communityâs chance to shine. Seven British expatriates tell us of their lives, trials and tribulations whilst living in Russia. Being British myself, I find it difficult not to emphasise the shear ingenuity that we have shown over the years so as to survive here. The question is, why, oh why do we stay? Chris Manuel in his interview, compares living here to being on heroin, in the satisfaction attained when achieving a major success is so intense that it makes one come back for more, and more, and more.
We are fortunate to have as our pastor Father Clive Fairclough, who in his interview reveals that he is not only no stranger to social networks but feels he is fulfilling his mission by using cutting-edge digital technology to communicate with his flock, and we are grateful to see his friendly face on our computer screens, through the portal âThe Cityâ inviting us to Church. Under his stewardship St. Andrews church has become a community centre for all, and will be home on June 9-12 to a large celebration in honour of The Queenâs 90th birthday. Too many Brits have been interviewed or have written articles in this issue to mention everybody, so I hope you enjoy it, if you donât, donât blame me, Iâm British!
We feature no less than three articles on places to go for a weekend near Moscow, as we recognise that those of us staying here over the summer might not really want to explore Sudan or other exotic places (sorry Luc). Now that hotels and rail travel have improved dramatically throughout Russia, there is perhaps no real excuse not to get out and explore this vast country.
Whatever you are doing this summer, enjoy it, while it lasts.
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- Community News
- Social Movers
Chris Helmbrecht, Don Craig & Maria Ushakova provide tips on Moscow’s social scene.
- Moscow Networking
Moscowâs premier networking club report
- Brits Laugh Too!
Comedian Abi Roberts Hits Town
- Lost in Translation
Nikita writes about language issues in Moscow
- Vincent Weightman: Vladimir and Suzdal
Beautiful towns near Moscow
- Aleksay Lazarev: The Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery
Stunning monastery worth visiting
- Aleksay Lazarev: Plios
Extraordinary small town on the Volga
- Sylvain Cheze
- Round the World by Balloon
Fedor Konyukhovâs flight preparation
- Simon Green: Seeing is believing
About deaf and dumb people in Moscow
- Henry Smith
- David Wansbrough
- James Hogan
Laika the Soviet Space Dog
- Kim Waddoup
The story of Night Flight
- Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation
Dr Laurie Bristow CMG
- The Reverend Clive Fairclough
- Jonathan Salway
- Aubrey Smith
- Stephen Foreman
- Pamela Omotosho
- Chris Manuel
- British Council Events
- British Women’s Club
- International School of Moscow
Teaching on purpose: Why we invite guest speakers to Moscow
- The Seven Year Ditch
- Anna Jackson-Stevens
Summer in the City
- Nodira Sadikova
Investment into Russia
- Chris Weafer’s Column
The Tale of The Russian Economy and Kiosks
- Interview with Luke Conner
General Director of Conner & Company LLC
- Luke Conner
The Panama Papers
- Chet Bowling
Entrusting sales to professional staff
- Kim Waddoup
Moscow Good Food Club in Sever Yug Restaurant, Hotel Standart
- Kim Waddoup
Moscow Good Food Club at the Nickolas’ Restaurant
- No Hot Water?
What to do when the hot water goes off
- Hiring a Bike in Moscow
- Residency in Russia
David Maltby explains residency Permits