It’s a pleasure to announce that my present long-term renters, a high tech-employed Russian couple with a cat and a parrot, are ready to share space in the very center of Moscow. Their motivation is not only $$ but a chance to practice their English, so the rate will be below market, or something like what it was nearly 10 years ago, $25/person/night for a place to stay, with Wi-Fi and a washing machine, in the very center of Moscow, 5-7 min. walk from Red Square. For those who are new here is a reminder of the arrangement:
I still welcome Moscow related questions (write to firstname.lastname@example.org) and may be able to help with some/many, or recommend those who can. The focus of my attention however, starting June 2013 and into the foreseeable future, is the city of Kandalaksha, Murmansk oblast, places nearby, or what’s on the way from Moscow to here. See www.kandalaksha.su.
What to do with good but not needed clothing? That’s one of the questions a westerner stuck in Moscow will ask at some point. Something similar to Goodwill has opened in Moscow under the auspices of the Charity Department of the Moscow Patriarchate.
Following a major upgrade the famous Второе дыхание (Second Wind) no longer qualifies as a low-life watering hole and a time-capsule from early 90s. Just an ordinary bar. Sad.
I honestly meant this outgrowth of the cheap-moscow.com project to be a compilation of notes on **my** Moscow. Things practical, charming, or not immediately apparent. Damn be the day when I installed this JetPack counter that revealed that 95% of search phrases that took people to where.cheap-moscow.com have “prostitution” in them.
WILL CONSIDER SELLING THIS SITE TO ANYONE WHOSE BUSINESS BETTER MATCHES ENQUIRIES THIS RESOURCE ATTRACTS.
Information removed on prostitute’s request. My proud announcement of the first money I’ve ever made this way and my humble musings on why her offer drew so much attention, along with what’s happening with the world in general, failed to amuse this service provider, and I lost an advertiser.
What’s happening to my silly life if even whores consider associating with me a reputational risk?!
Moscow-based www.rodnye-igrushki.ru specializes in Russian-made toys. On cursory inspection I noticed several familiars from the 70s: plastic model airplanes, the famous Konstruktor sets, mechanical hockey, and of course wooden toys.
Just got two reports. First, about a prostitution and drugs bust there yesterday in one of Moscow’s advertising papers: http://www.metronews.ru/novosti/v-stolice-zaderzhali-30-prostitutok-iz-v-etnama/Tpoldm—Ny2vsVztUYwaM/, which sort of implies the market is still there. Second, an eyewitness report it is business as usual. See Vietnamese market >> I’M ASKED ABUT IT REGULARLY AND WILL APPRECIATE AN UPDATE.
With some hesitation I’m adding a link to historian Kara-Murza’s page: http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blogs/vladimir-kara-murza The source of the hesitation is that the current crackdown is presented as Evil Mr. Putin vs. the People. Mr. Pu as a personification of the collective mind is I’m afraid closer to reality.