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First PASSPORT Seminar for Expats
Photos by Maria Savelieva

On June 11th, PASSPORT magazine held its first seminar, at Buddies café on Tverskaya, dedicated to themes relevant to expats living in Russia. These seminars are designed to act as a platform to enable the sharing of specific information important for us; such as the latest on visas, schools, insurance, real estate, travel, etc.

This first event covered four major areas, the first of which was an update on Russian migration regulations given by Nathan Stowell, Business Development Manager of Crown relocations. This is a complex area of ever-changing legislation, which necessitates constant viligence. Only a year ago, Nathan pointed out, all that foreigners needed was a 1 year multiple-entry commercial/business visa. The concept of tax residence and permits were neither enforced nor well understood. Nathan then proceeded to go through the steps required to get a work permit, which was all interesting stuff for the predominantly foreign audience.

Next to take the stage was Stefan Schmid of Allianz Rosno, who described the different types of insurance on the market today. Stefan went into some detail on the various kinds of vehicle, property and medical insurance packages available.

Michael Bartley, General Director, Four Squares gave an interesting talk on renting accommodation in Moscow. He described the advantages and disadvantages of living in each of Moscow’s widely different areas, how to actually go about finding, securing a lease and negotiating the cost. He also gave some interesting ideas about rental contracts.

Last, but by no means least on the bill, was Mr Ross Hunter, the Founding Headmaster of English International School, Moscow. Ross had to counter the growing level of decibels from a crowd in the next room who had come to watch the first round of the World Cup, something he did admirably, even without a microphone, so much so that some came in from next door to watch him instead.

Ross gave an interesting and unbiased account of education in Moscow, and shared some useful insights from a teacher’s point of view on what is involved in bringing up children in an environment as interesting and difficult as Moscow, which was much appreciated by the audience.

Below are the contact details for all the speakers:

Nathan Stowell,
Business Development Manager,
Crown Relocation CIS & CEE
Tel: +7 (495) 626-5244, Fax: +7 (495) 626-5245,
Cell: +7 (926) 371-7980 

Michael Bartley,
General Director, Four Squares
+7 (916) 117 4093, Michael Bartley, (, Stefan Schmid, Allianz Rosno,  

Ross Hunter,
MA (Cantab), founding Headmaster

+7 (495) 301 2104,  

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