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From Brezhnev To Putin -- 30 Years In Russia

From Brezhnev To Putin -- 30 Years In Russia | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
November 10 marks the thirty years since the death of Leonid Brezhnev, General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee, who led our country for over 18 years [exclusive video]In the three decades since, Russia has experienced glasnost, perestroika, an attempted coup, hyperinflation, an oil-price boom, and what some fear is a return to Soviet-style rule.

 

30 Years in Russia in pictures

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Russia for Experts

Russia for Experts | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it

The contributors to this book wanted to tell their stories of the past 20 years: how they entered the market or the country, made fortunes and lost them, introduced or invented new professions and markets, fell in love, served the needy, made mistakes and missed opportunities — and in the end made good lives, successful companies and enduring ties. All of them love their work. All of them have unwavering faith in their future. All of them work incredibly long hours. And all of them are enormously proud of their contributions — not only to their companies' success and families' comfort, but to the country that raised them or welcomed them, and the people they live among.

 

If there is one message that comes out of these different histories, there is no one right way to do business or make a life in Russia.

 

 

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No escape from history in Moscow

No escape from history in Moscow | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
As Russians remember the victims of the Stalinist purges, Daniel Sandford discovers that you do not have to look far to find history on your doorstep.

 

This is very true and it makes living in Moscow such a great and rich cultural experience.

 

I look at the database of people  killed during the Satlin purges: http://memoryfull.ru/purge/repressions.html and found many people killed in our street as we live very close to the center and the Kremlin, 5 minutes walk from old Arbat street

 

 

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Six modules of the cross-cultural competency workshops

Six modules of the cross-cultural competency workshops...

 

An example of cross-cultural training curriculum

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Doing business in Russia

Doing business in Russia Presentation by Vlad Zabrodin Managing Partner. 

 

 Recent presentation about doing business in Russia

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Executive Job Market Intelligence Report 2011

Only 2 percent of employers are expected to continue eliminating executive jobs 

 

The outlook for executive jobs remain bright

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Praise and Incentives: Are Carrots Worse Than Sticks?

Praise and Incentives: Are Carrots Worse Than Sticks? | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it

How many times do you say  ”good job” or  ”I am proud of you” to your kids ? Do you give them money or buy them candies if they behave well or get good marks at school? 

 

Our basic strategy for raising children, teaching students, and managing workers can be summarized in six words: Do this and you’ll get that. We dangle goodies (from candy bars to sales commissions) in front of people in much the same way that we train the family pet. That strategy doesn't work, read more top know why

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Cultural Differences

Cultural Differences | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it

How good are you at reading gestures and body languages in various cultures ?

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Winning proposal for expansion of Moscow

Winning proposal for expansion of Moscow | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it

Moscow set to double in size with new masterplan for city expansion

 

The expansion project is part of the Russian government’s plans to double the size of Moscow, already a city of 11 million people, in order to attract business and build the capital’s global reputation.

 

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Three years in Moscow: Stalin towers: Moscow University

Three years in Moscow: Stalin towers: Moscow University | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it

The "Seven Sisters" built by Stalin, give a special character to the city of Moscow. I can see one of them from my windows, at night they are illuminated.

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Russia cuts gas export volume, price f'cast-govt source - Reuters

Kyiv PostRussia cuts gas export volume, price f'cast-govt sourceReutersMOSCOW Aug 29 (Reuters) - The Russian Economy Ministry cut its 2012 gas export forecast to 193 billion cubic metres (bcm) from an earlier 212 bcm due to sluggish European demand,...
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7 Reasons Why You Need to Be a Big Dreamer

7 Reasons Why You Need to Be a Big Dreamer | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Being a big dreamer doesn't mean that you walk around with your head in the clouds. It means that you're seeking a purpose for your life and it means that you're becoming fulfilled in the process.

Tip: Writing your dreams in a journal makes them more likely to become true

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Tips | Russia for Beginners

Tips | Russia for Beginners | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it

Basic Tips about Russian Culture

 

Original article  from Moscow Times with some personal comments

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Tips | Russia for Beginners

Tips | Russia for Beginners | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
The Moscow Times is a daily English-language newspaper featuring objective, reliable news on business, politics and culture in Moscow, in Russia and the former Soviet Union (CIS).

 

1-Russians do not trust each other readily. If you want your staff to develop and work as autonomous teams, you need to create and maintain mutual trust.


2-Read one of the "great" Russian novels — whether you choose "Dead Souls", "Crime and Punishment" or "Anna Karenina", they will give you great insights into Russian culture.


3-Get out of Moscow. The pace of life is very different and you will get a snapshot of the "real" Russia.


4-Russians are people-people and if you are to build your team you must take time to create relationships with your colleagues. It may seem a slow process but it will produce real long term benefits.


5-Never forget a close colleague's birthday.


6-Use the Metro in Moscow or the other cities. It is cheap, quick and even with only simple Cyrillic, easy to use.


7-When speaking English, never assume that you have been understood.


8-Russian do not like losing face and admitting in front of colleagues that they have not understood English would risk that happening. They are likely to just sit there and say nothing!

 

9-Bear in mind that during the winter months there is very little sunlight. You and your colleagues are thus very susceptible to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and the clinical depression that goes with it.

 

9-Learn a bit of Russian — even if just the ability to read Cyrillic — it will make your life so much easier.


10-Ask your colleagues which restaurants and bars they go to — not only will you have a real Russian experience but you will probably save money too.


11-Remember money is not the only driver for Russians when they are job hunting — conditions of employment and the range of benefits offered can mean much more.


12-Do not be modest in talking about your education and qualifications.


13-Russians respect study and learning.


14-Drinking in Russia may be on a scale that you are not used to. Pace yourself and if you have any doubts then only sip during toasts.


15-A successful negotiation in Russia requires above all that the relationship between the parties be built first. You need to take time in the early stages to do this.


16-There is no bad weather in Russia — just bad clothes and shoes.


17-Prepare yourself properly for the winter.


18-Russian employees may seem to make long and chatty phone calls. This is all part of building and maintaining the relationships that are so critical to business life in Russia.


19-Russia is a safe country if you use your common sense. Avoid railway stations at night, nightclubs with lots of black limos parked outside and groups of skinheads on the streets and you will be safe.


20-Russians are problem avoiders rather than problem confronters — you need to develop a high degree of trust in your colleagues before they will come to you to tell you about something that has gone wrong.


21-The Russian view of time is similar to that in many Latin cultures — meetings will rarely start or end on time nor will people always arrive at work punctually.


22-Be very careful about making comparisons with "home". Russians know very well that the infrastructure in Russia is bad — although improving — and do not need foreigners to point this out t

 

Read more: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/guides/russia-for-beginners/tips/index.php#ixzz2BiklQMR1

 

The Moscow Times

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Russia: Fighting bribery on the grid

Russia: Fighting bribery on the grid | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it

Bribr, an iPhone application released in September. The app allows users to anonymously report bribes across Russia, and compiles the collected data to create a virtual map of the results.

 

Bribr is the latest program to make use of crowdmapping, a social networking tool that plots verified user-generated content on a map.

 

The technique has been used to create programs such as HarassMap, a project that logs incidents of sexual harassment in Egypt; Syria Tracker, which documents killings in Syria since March 2011; and I Paid A Bribe, a series of websites that report bribery in India and other countries.

 

“This app caters only to a small percentage of Russians – middle-class, mostly young people who have smart phones,” Panfilova told The Moscow News.

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You’ve Got Mail: The Challenges of Effective Global Virtual Working | Cross Cultural Training

You’ve Got Mail: The Challenges of Effective Global Virtual Working | Cross Cultural Training | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
As an increasing number of organisations rely on global virtual communication, they need to consider the impact that cultural differences can have on the effectiveness of their message.

 

This aspect of cross-cultural communication is very often ignore in cross-cultural trainings, yet for many it is the only way of communcating within organizations or with clients.

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Business Communication Styles in Russia and Successful Communication with Russian Businesses and Colleagues :: World Business Culture

Business Communication Styles in Russia and Successful Communication with Russian Businesses and Colleagues :: World Business Culture | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Business Communication Styles in Russia and Successful Communication with Russian Businesses and Colleagues :: World Business Culture...

 

There tends to be very little visual or verbal feedback during meetings in Russia.

 

People listen silently and with little obvious body language being displayed. This does not, however, mean that the listener is disinterested or does not understand - it is merely a cultural characteristic which Russians share with, amongst others, the Finns and the Japanese.

 

Russians will tend to wait and think before responding to a point made to them - do not be impatient. Allow the Russians the time and space needed to take part fully in the conversation (and remember that they are probably struggling with foreign language as well.)

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Tajik women face divorce epidemic

Tajik women face divorce epidemic | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Growing numbers of Tajik women are being divorced by husbands working away in Russia, leading to serious social issues, reports the BBC's Rayhan Demytrie from Tajikistan.

 

Tajikistan is among the few Muslim nations where men can divorce their wives by repeating the word "taloq" - divorce - three times. They can do it face to face, over the phone, or simply by sending an SMS text.

 

 

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Myths and Truths about Russia

Myths and Truths about Russia | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it

This article is a good summary of common stereotypes and myths I heard when I said I will live in Russia from friends in the US or Western Europe. After few weeks living in Moscow I already seen a huge difference with the reality. For example I don't think that Moscow is more dangerous than New York or Paris. People buy American brands such as Starbucks that have openned several coffee shops, many French and German brands too. And they have as many "made in China" stuff than the "west" 

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What Successful Night Owls Get Done Before Bed

Since I have been living in Moscow I have seen a shift in working hours compared to the US. In Russia people work late at night 11pm-1am and go late at work around 10:30 am. In the US many people are at work at 6:30 am and stay around 6-7pm

 

Early birds get all the credit. Research indicates that morning people tend to be more active and goal oriented, and such larks as Steve Jobs, Craig Newmark of Craigslist, and 25-year old David Karp, founder of the Tumblr blogging platform suggest that climbing the ladder of success is easier before breakfast.

 

So does that mean night owls are at a disadvantage? Research by Satoshi Kanazawa and colleagues at the London School of Economics and Political Science suggests no.

 

What counts is the number of hours of sleep, 8 hours is optimum for me and I  have to sleep before 11 am for best performance.When I write my goals and plans for the next day before going to bed I increase my effectiveness.

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Russian Teens Find Surprises in U.S. Schools | News

Russian Teens Find Surprises in U.S. Schools | News | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
School started early for a group of Russian teens spending their first year away from home in the United States — and it came with a few surprises.
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Chrysler Russia CEO: Production plans slow

Chrysler Russia CEO: Production plans slow | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
MOSCOW--Progress on plans by Chrysler Group LLC to develop production facilities in Russia has been slow, the chief executive of the company's Russian arm said Wednesday.
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Hard work & daily bread: 'We paid our staff to smile'

Le Pain Quotidien is a well-known brand in London, Brussels and New York, but running the premium bakery in Russia presents an unparalleled challenge. Yet NX Bakery Group has succeeded against the odds.
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