Starting a business in Russia

We’ve gotten this question often enough so perhaps now is a great time to address the topic. No person or company should attempt to establish a business or business branch in Russia without proper legal assistance. We asked our friends at To Russia With Ease to help recommend a place to start and are excited to make your introduction to Tim Advisors, a legal group with experience in setting us businesses inside Russia for expats and international companies.

Step one is to read this handy guide in pdf form about how to begin planning for a business presence in the Russian Federation.


With recent changes to the Russian visa protocols you’ll also want to know about how to establish permanent residence in Russia without the need to leave every 90 days. Having to leave every 90 days can be a business killer so for legal and permanent residence information, Tim Advisors offers this helpful guide.


Orthodox Nativity fast

Fasting recipe: Christians in the Eastern world fast for 40 days before Christmas which arrives on 7 January. The fast prohibits meat, dairy, eggs, oil, alcohol, etc. The idea of the fast is to subject the body & carnal nature in preparation for the coming of the Christ, much like Christ fasted for 40 days before his death and resurrection. During the fasting period more time is to be spent in prayer and Scripture.

Called the Nativity Fast, it is a period of abstinence and penance practiced in preparation for the Nativity celebration. While somewhat like Advent in the West, the Eastern fast runs for 40 days and is more broad in terms of food items prohibited. In the Western Gregorian calendar the fast is observed from 15 November thru 24 December, while Eastern churches using the older Julian calendar the fast begins on 28 November to 7 January.

Here is a nice salad recipe that is delicious and fits nicely within the fasting limitations. It is great for the New Year and Christmas season.

Honey and cranberry salad

Preparation time: 15 minutes + cooling

1 large apple (cutting medium diced)
2/3 cup cranberries
1 stalk celery (chopped)
2 tbsp. mayonnaise
1 tbsp. honey

In a small bowl, combine the apples, cranberries and celery. In a separate container, mix the mayonnaise and honey, pour over salad and place in the refrigerator to cool for 30 minutes before serving.

Russian Railways amends the train schedule for upcoming holidays

We’re more than a month away from the start of the New Year and following Christmas holidays but wanted readers to be aware of several schedule changes for train service, especially visitors to Russia who are making travel plans. For Western readers, train travel remains the primary form of long distance travel within the Russian Federation and most of Eastern Europe.

Russian train in winter.

Officials have said that train service will be cut back on New Year  for the routes of St. Petersburg – Moscow – St. Petersburg and the route of Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod – Moscow due to historical lack of demand from passengers during this period.

If more cancellations become available we’ll post those for readers. For up to date scheduling use this link.


Moscow to introduce all-in-one transport pass by April

Moscow’s Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development will soon offer a daily multipurpose transport pass according to director Maxim Liksutov. By April 2013 Liksutov says “The travel card will be a one-day multiple ticket covering all types of public transport.”  The pass will sell for 200 rubles which is about $6 US and will be valid on buses, electric trams, and the underground Metro subway system.

The Russian Federal Agency for Tourism reports that 21.2 million foreigners visited Russia in the first nine months of 2012, an increase of 13 percent from the previous year. Moscow Committee on Tourism director Sergei Shpilko noted that Russia’s capital welcomed 2.5 million foreign visitors between January and June, an increase of over 18 percent so far from the same period in 2011. According to the Voice of Russia radio, more than 4 million foreign tourists visit Moscow every year.

photo: The Mendeleyev Journal

Officials believe that tourists find the transportation overwhelming and even confusing and are willing to try a one size fits all transport pass to make Moscow a more visitor friendly city. Moscow has increased efforts to make the city more user-friendly to visitors including the introduction of major street signs in Russian and English.  This month the city also began operating a full service English language radio station and officials say the station will include features of interest to tourists in Moscow.

Also in 2013 the Moscow city Committee on Tourism will begin erecting information centres for tourists in key historical areas of the city, including airports and railway stations. Staffed with English-speaking personnel, the information centre staffs will hand out city maps and guidebooks as well as give directions for getting to attractions in the city.

photo: The Mendeleyev Journal

Saint Petersburg has already introduced a tourist card which includes not only public transportation but also gives access to 25 museums. The Saint Petersburg tourist card also offers discounts to participating hotels, cinemas and restaurants.

Russian radio stations list

We’ve been busy updating the radio listening page of the Mendeleyev Journal.

While there is still work to be done, the page is much smoother and easier to navigate. Most of the links have been fixed and a few more stations across the country outside of Moscow will be added this week.

Thank for listening!

Follow this link to the radio station page.

Salute to the Russian Marines!

It was in November 1705 that Peter the Great issued a decree on the formation of the first regiment of marines. This new Russian service of the military was intended for service on warships as specially trained boarding & assault teams. This date, 27 November on the old calendar and 16 November on the new calendar, is now considered as the birth date of the Russian naval infantry.

Day of the Marines!

Happy anniversary, Marines!

If you are old, you need to die.

If you are old, you need to die. If a baby is born with disabilities, it needs to die. That is the message behind a new United Nations advertising campaign titled “Agenda 21.”

Now if you research the Agenda 21 materials you have to dig very deep to uncover the real agenda behind all the prose about the environment, aid to undeveloped countries, etc. But Agenda 21 is deadly if you are over 60, disabled, or live in a wealthy Western nation. Amazingly, some within the US administration have either signed off on or openly promote this agenda.

We do not and are not advocating violence of any sort but since it is they who brought up the subject first, perhaps it is the idiots who come up with this sort of stupidity that are the ones who should volunteer to die first.  We’re guessing that when they were concocting such theories about you and us, they weren’t really thinking about themselves.