While searching for an omnivorous friend of mine from a long time ago I’ve stumbled upon a compilation of gay guides in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev: www.russiangayguide.com/
Image borrowed from vlad-i-mir-72.livejournal.com
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?!
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.
I got cards from both Megafon and MTS and have been using them for 4-5 days, first in the northern outskirts of Moscow, and then in the Vladimir, Yaroslavl, and Vologda regions. MORE>>
Unistream seems to be the most popular system. Works exactly the same as WesternUnion. 1.5%, 1% if the amount is over 30 th. roubles (just under $1000US). Most cities with pouplation over 50 thousand will have a Unistream (Унистрим) office.
The closet one to my apartment that’s available for rent is in the Fish Market (Рыбный рынок).
I normally go to a little shop on the 2nd from of Пятницкий пассаж, ulitsa Pyatnitskaya 25, near Metro Novokuznetskaya. On the other (south) side of a parkette with a silly statue, in a two-story building with a bright red sign.
A wise learner of language will start not with not with lame dobroye utro, pozhaluysta, kan proyti na Krasnuyu Ploschad kupit matreshkas and such but with words and phrases that are at the core of the culture. Warnings and prohibitions is what defines Russian mental set, and words and phrases to that effect permeate the language. Here are several random NO and BEWARE signs.
As of recent Alexandra has been keeping my appearance within the bounds of propriety by calling a hairdresser who is originally from Uzbekistan, where beards are also common. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll provide contact details. I believe this hairdresser, whose name escapes me at the moment, even speaks a few words of English. The best thing is that she makes house calls for a price that seems “fair” against the background of what things generally cost in Moscow.
Gasan, a barber from a small town somewhere in Geogrian mountains, where men of respectable age MUST wear beards. Gasan works at Magnolia &Co, Ulitsa Zelenodolskogo 41, 8-927-318-6677, 172-7671, 172-4961, 172-5650.
THIS INFO IS ~2 YEARS OLD. CALL BEFORE HEADING THERE.
These are rare in Moscow but here is one advertized in Bolshoy Gorod, one of my favourite sources:
Усачи (mustache bearers)
Petrovky boulevard 9, stroyeniye 2
8 495 650 2371
500 roubles (~$17) to trim a beard. 1500 roubles ($50) for a haircut. By appointment only. One of the founders is said to be an engineer active in historic reconstructions. Their site, in Russian: www.usachi.ru