Expatriation to Russia 🇷🇺

Eastern countries are great… but there’s one that stands above all - Jean-Marie Corda

What does it look like? :world_map:

As it’s the biggest country in the world, it’s hard to give you just one picture of it. I’ll just let you browse through a few videos. From Kaliningrad, which lies between Poland and Lithuania… to Vladivostok, right next to Japan.

Moscow

:round_pushpin: DBL section is located here

Read the full presentation of the city here → Moscow Overview 🗺

Saint-Petersburg

Read the full presentation of the city here → Présentation Saint-Pétersbourg

Nizhny-Novgorod

Kaliningrad

Sochi

Novosibirsk

Ekaterinburg

Vladivostok

Living conditions :house:

Cost of living

it all depends on your standards and where you live. Take a look at this website to have an idea.

From my own experience, I’d say products in shops are slightly cheaper than they are in France. Restaurants and cafés are much cheaper. Renting an apartment is about the same price as in an average city in France. Internet access doesn’t cost anything.

Apartments

When we talk about apartments in Russia, what first comes to mind is probably something like this.

And this is the truth. Most people live in ugly-looking old buildings built during the Soviet era. But having lived in one of those during my first year here, I have to admit that it’s not that bad from the inside.

Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to lower your standards. Sure, you can choose to live in a панелька or a хрущёвка, but there are other options. Take a look at this one, it’s what we call ЖК. It stands for “Жилой комплекс” (housing estates).

Maybe you want to live in a house and not in an apartment. Well if you’re ready to move to the outskirts of the city, it’s possible. Places like this are called “коттедж” if you wanna look into it. But it will be expensive.

Infrastructure

That’s one of the minuses…

Roads are bad and people drive like crazy. You have to be twice as careful.

You can also travel by train, which is much safer. But depending on your destination, it can take a really long time.

Travelling by plane can be dangerous. There are a lot of plane crashes on domestic flights so you should choose carefully your airline company. You’ll be fine with international flights.

Safety

After the collapse of the USSR, Russia became a non-welcoming place, to say the least. Crime was rampant and things could get really nasty, really fast. Police was not helping. Then came islamic terrorism following conflicts in Chechnya.

Organized crime has been wiped out as soon as Vladimir Putin rose to power.

In modern Russia, you don’t see these things anymore. People are living peacefully, no one is getting assaulted or robbed. The most dangerous thing you’ll face is a drunk gopnik asking you for a cigarette. And he won’t even turn against you when you say him “нет”. He’ll most likely apologize for the inconvenience.

Immigration

One important thing to note is that Russia is by essence multicultural. It’s not forced multiculturalism like it is in Europe. There are parts of Russia that are muslim, some that are buddhist. It has always been that way.

Therefore, it’s not a white country per se. If you end up in Moscow or Saint-Petersburg, you will mostly see white people. But there are also immigrants the former Soviet republics.

Mostly from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. But they are just here for work.

Russians usually don’t like them although they don’t bother anyone. It’s rare that something ever happens. But if it does, it has huge consequences.

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Russia is NOT as lenient as France.

Business :dollar:

Finding a job

You shouldn’t really count on finding a job here : the currency is growing weaker and weaker yet the amount on your payslip stays the same.

One plan is to be sent over here by an European or American company. You’ll get paid in euros or dollars and you’ll be able to live well.

Taxes

I’m not going to get into detail here since I’m still trying to “разбираться” through all this.

But here’s what you need to know if you’re an entrepreneur, you have a choice between two systems.

  1. Paying 6% from your profits
  2. Paying 15% from your turnover

But don’t you worry, your money will be well-spent! Think about it next time you take your kids to Patriot Park!

People :family_man_woman_boy:

Women

Honestly, do I even need to write about them?

Russian women are often said to be the most beautiful in the world. Whether that’s true or not, they are real beauties. And they will make you a better man too by getting you to be masculine, work harder and earn more money. You have to deserve them.

They are very traditional too. If you’re in a serious relationship with one of them, she’ll expect a proposal after just a few months. Getting married is every Russian girl’s dream. And they want to give birth too. In their culture, it’s strange for a woman to have a kid after 30 years old.

All in all, if you’re part of DBL – and not just as a viewer but as someone who follows the rules of the community, you’ll have no trouble finding a wife here.

Mentality

Russian people are tough, direct and overall quite pessimistic.

They might come across as rude and insensitive to the typical French guy. But it’s just a matter of adaptation. When you get to know them, you’ll find out they are loyal and kind-hearted people. They have a word for that: душевный.

In cross-cultural communication, people are described as being either peaches or coconuts. Peaches are soft on the outside. They smile a lot and look friendly but you’ll have trouble getting to their pit. Coconuts are hard on the outside but if you manage to break through their shell, they’ll welcome you as theirs. Russians are coconuts.

Language

If you only speak French, you won’t do shit in Russia.

If you speak English, you can live in the major cities but you’ll still have some trouble. Like, to socialise and do basic everyday stuff.

Russian is a must, really. If you’re planning to live in Russia, you should start learning right now. It takes time to be mastered.

Personal opinion :thought_balloon:

Russia is hard !

  • Coming here is hard
  • Staying here is even harder
  • Learning the language can be hard
  • Dealing with cultural differences is hard
  • Relations with Europe are hard, so Russia doesn’t go easy on us

But in the end, it’s 100% worth it.

It acts as a filter. Keeps the parasites away and forces you to become your best self. Russia welcomes those who respect it, love it, and are ready to sweat for it.

It’s only when you will be here that you will understand Jean-Marie’s words. You might be able to make sense of what he’s saying, but you can’t feel it. When he talks about the power, about the vibe, about the soul, it sounds exaggerated. But it’s very much real, and it’s happening here.

Final words for those who want to come to Russia…

Right now, borders are closed.

I don’t know when flights will be resumed. Actually no one knows as this highly depends on diplomacy – not on the sanitary situation. But you shouldn’t wait for them to open. Get the fuck out, now. Go anywhere where you will be able to live normally – anywhere in Eastern Europe – and work hard and smart.

You’ll end up in Russia eventually.

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