Business trip to Moscow,Russia.
Moscow, as a producer about 11% of the total consumer goods in the country, is the city of branches and companies for many multi-national corporations. It is also home to many scientific and educational institutions. It operates world’s second busiest metro system, it´s famous for its architectural treasures and it´s also one of the largest centers for transport in Russia and Eastern Europe.Main branches in the city include energy production, metallurgy, textile, food-processing industry, chemical and software development industries.
In Moscow there are approx. 2000 registred foreign companies. The most booming include companies as Trinity Motors, Global USA, McDonald´s, Western Tobacco Investments, Procter&Gamble, Caterpillar, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Philip Morris, Mars Inc., Cargill, and others.
The Moscow City investment policy on the following major areas: - making of favourable conditions for small businesses in the city - the construction of utility networks, communications and other infrastructure facilities; - restructuring the industrial complex with environmentally hazardous operations for new construction projects - the construction of cutting-edge transport infrastructure facilities - the creation of a highly developed tourism industry
For more in-depth information I suggest you buy and read the "Global Business Etiquettes" book.
Use formal names and academic titles.
In Russia, people formaly use three names.
Russian are direct, do not confuse this with rudeness. Their greeting is also firm with firm handshake and direct eye contact.
Dress formal and conservative.
Shoes can be strictly polished.
- Meetings and negotiations:
Meetings should be made as far in advance as possible.
When you come to the Russia, confirm your agreed meeting a day or more in advance.
Be very punctual, if you suspect you will late, call and explain the situation.
Meetings might have some side conversations.
Keep your presentation long and detailed, do not miss out a review of existing given case.
They follow up a meeting with a protokol with summary of what was discussed.
Nothing is definite until they sign the contract.
- Table manners:
If unsure on how to behave, mimic the behavior of others.
Wait until the host invites you to start.
Keep your hands above the table when eating.
They will offer you second portion of meal.
After finishing your plate, do not get up until you are invited to leave the table.
Today´s Russia is ethnically divided into two groups Northern and Southern. An ethnic Russians constitute about 80% of the population of Russia. With an almost total of 142 mil. people, Russia is also the largest country in the world in terms of area (more than 17 mil. square km) Russian covers 11 time zones and enjoys different climate.
Russia’s commercial power depends on natural resources - oil and gas. Russia is the major supplier of gas for western Europe. Probably more than an economic and political tool of the Kremlin is the energy giant Gazprom. Heavy industries still dominate Russia’s industrial sector combining for roughly 40% of industrial output.
The fuel and energy payments make up almost half of the federal budget’s revenues, therefore the Russian GDP has growth rate about 2,9%. The growth rate figure and other economic figures alike show the global economic crisis.
Some facts in a list:
|Time zone||GMT +3|
|Area||17.075.400 sq km|
|Population density||8.3/sq km|
|GDP||$ 2.261 trillion|
|GDP/per capita||$ 15.922|
The south-southeast international airport situated about 40 km far from the city center. Domodedovo International Airport is one of the three major airports operating capital city Moscow.
Domodedovo International Airport
Telephone: +7(495)933 6666
IATA airport code: DME
ICAO airport code: UUDD
The airport lost property office is located at the right wing of the airport terminal in the domestic arrival luggage claim area. Your lost luggage will be searched for within 21 days for domestic flights, and 90 days for international flights. Otherwise it is declared lost. Service for lost&found: +7(495)504 0258. If damage to your luggage is discovered outside call: 8 800 200 3366
Domodedovo International Airport has one terminal with two floors. The terminal building is divided for international and domestic flight. In terminal building you will find 4 sectors (A,B,C,D).
Connectivity to the city
Sheremetyevo International Airport is an international airport located 29km north-west of Moscow. The airport is the most common entry point for foreign passengers, handling sixty percent of all international flights. It is a hub for the passenger operations of the Russian international airline Aeroflot.
Sheremetyevo International Airport
Telephone: +7 (495) 232 6565
IATA airport code: SVO
ICAO airport code: UUEE
Information telephone num: +7 95 232 6565 (Terminal 1), +7 95 956 4666 (Terminal 2)
These telephone numbers are also available for english speaking passengers.
Sheremetyevo terminals on the map as follows: Terminal C, Terminal B including arrival and departure, Terminal F, Terminal E.International Airport Sheremetyevo has 4 terminals: Terminal 1(B), Terminal C, Terminal 2(F), Terminal E, Terminal 3(D).
Terminals are connected by buses 817 and 851 or shuttle buses 48, 49 and 200M. You can get from Terminal B or Terminal C to Terminal F by bus 851. You can get from Terminal F to Terminal B or Terminal C by bus 817. Shuttle between Terminal F and Terminal D is managed by free Aeroflot transit shuttle buses.
Connectivity from the airport
Newly constructed direct train from Terminal Airport Sheremetyevo to Belorusky railway station takes you about 30 minutes. Railway station is situated in front of the terminal E,F. Airport line does not make a stop at Savyolovsky Railway Station anymore. The frequency of electric trains are planned to be almost double increase.
Sheremetyevo Airport has official taxi operators. Official taxi operators deliver passengers only from Sheremetyevo Airport. You will find official operators at taxi desks in all airport’s terminals. Official operators are: Transparking, Taxi-Sher, Avtotrans. Usual fare to town is 39 rubles/km.
Vnukovo International Airport is the oldest airport of three major airports serving the capital city of Russia. It attends approximately 8 millions passengers a year. The Vnukovo Airport is situated about 30 km from city centre. It is also well-known for its VIP hall, which is used by politicians and prominent persons visiting Moscow.
Vnukovo International Airport
12 First Reisovaya St.
Telephone: +7(095) 436 2655
Fax: +7(095) 436 2452
IATA airport code: VKO
ICAO airport code: UUWW
You can report any lost property at the Information Desk or call
- domestic services - Arrivals Area on Level One of Terminal D): +7(495) 436 2732; 436 2341
- international services - Arrivals Area on Level One of Passenger Terminal B): +7 (495) 436 7482
Vnukovo International Airport has two terminals. Terminal D is served for domestic flights and terminal B is served for international flights. Terminals are connected by indoor passegaway. VIP service has also extra VIP parking.
Connectivity to the city
There is an express train station under the domestic terminal D.From Kiewski station to Vnukovo airport it takes 35 minutes.
The Taxicab rank is under the international terminal B.
Trans free cabs: +7 (495) 436 7720
The bus station is under the parking at the domestic terminal D.The standard bus fare is 20 rubles or respectively 25 rubles from the bus driver, express bus is number 611c to Metro Oktyabr’skaya (the Circle Line).
Station for vans Route 705m taxi to Vnukovo airport - From Metro Oktyabr’skaya (the Circle Line). The standard vans fare 100 rubles, plus fare 10 rubles per each buggage.
If your business trip to Moscow takes you to the center of Moscow, you do taxi. It can cost you a bigger sum, but it´s probably more certain than citizen taxi - private car. But if you need to visit a company located outside the center, take a taxi cab. For the brave ones, simply stand on the right side of the road and hold a hand to stop some private car, the price is depending on your destination probably between 150-400 roubles. Taxi price in the city about 600 RUB/1hour, from airport 1200 RUB.
|Company name||Phone number|
|WelcomeTaxi||+7 495 790 5044|
|LenTaxi||+7 926 808 5577|
|New Yellow Cab||+ 7 495 940 8888|
The Bosco Cafe in the GUM has amazing views of Red Square and Lenin’s Mausoleum. In summer, outdoor terrace! The cuisine is Italian, and the absolute hit is the cake buffet!
3 Red Sq.
Tel: +7 (495) 929 3182
Called and designed after a popular Soviet movie. You will find excellent offer of cheese and international wines.
36, Prospekt Mira
Tel: +7 (495) 280 5111/5177
This is an unusual choice for dining during a business trip, but it is fun! It´s famous for elite people who dine there. The Galareya menu is influenced by many cosmopolitan impacts. The relaxing atmosphere comes especially from outside terrace and wall paintings.
Petrovka ulitsa 27
Tel: +7 (495) 937 4544
The menu offers present and classical dishes, offering global ingredients and ideas. Advance bookings are essential.
Kuzneckiy most 7/9
Tel: +7 (495) 923 1701
Tips to save money on hotel costs during your business trip to Moscow.
To get the best price for a good hotel room during your business trip to Moscow it's not only important to compare the prices the hotel charges for a room, but also compare the prices of the different booking agencies.
This can save you, or your company, a lot of money!
- Go to this hotel listing for Moscow.
- Select the "Check-in" and "Check-out" date.
- Select filters like: "Hotel brand", "Ratings", "Location" and "Price ranges".
- Select the hotel you like.
- You will get an overview of the prices from up to 24 booking sites
- Select the best offer in the list and book the room!
We have selected the following established business hotels for your convenience:
Savoy Moscow Hotel
Hotel Savoy is the perfect base for a business traveler in Moscow.The Savoy Moscow Hotel is located right in the heart of the city. From the hotel, guests enjoy an easy walk to the Kremlin, Red Square and the theater district.
3/6, b.1, Rozhdestvenka
109012, Moscow, Russia
Tel: +7 (495) 620 8500
More info about Savoy Moscow Hotel
Novotel Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport Hotel
An ideal hotel in Moscow for those traveling on business or catching a connecting flight, the Novotel Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport Hotel is also a good choice for a leisure traveler as well. Excellent transport links including the AeroExpress rail service, taking you to central Moscow in 30 minutes. Free airport shuttle available.
Ownership 3, Khimki District
141400 Moscow, Russia
Tel: +7 (495) 626 5900
More info about Novotel Moscow Sheremetyevo Hotel
The Ritz Carlton Moscow Hotel
The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow hotel is perfectly positioned as a luxurious base for visitors looking to experience the city’s abundant architectural, historical and cultural wonders. Housed in a classic building, the Ritz Carlton Moscow Hotel provides Jeroboam restaurant and glass-domed O2 lounge have been voted the best in Moscow, and there are stunning views over the Kremlin from the terrace.
Tverskaya Street 3
125009, Moscow, Russia
Tel: +7 (495) 225 8888
More info about The Ritz Carlton Moscow Hotel
Golden Apple Boutique Hotel Moscow
As Moscow’s first European-style boutique hotel, the Golden Apple offers imaginative styling and a friendly scale that is lacking in many of Moscow’s super-sized five-star hotels. The Golden Apple Boutique Hotel Moscow has the advantage of being located near 3 metro stations which can provide access to the entire city.
11 Malaya Dmitrovka
127006 Moscow, Russia
Tel: +7 (495) 980 7000
More info about Golden Apple Boutique Hotel Moscow
Shopping in Moscow
Moscow has an incredible choice of shops, markets and shopping centres to choose from. Everyone chooses more souvenirs than just vodka and caviar for sure! Shopping day starting in GUM full of chick brands can be finished in Izmailovo flea market, that attracks by a well-stocked souvenir section. Traditional souvenirs as the multicolored Matryoshka (nesting) dolls, balalaikas, spoons, trays, lacquer boxes, and tea cup holders are a great gift for your loved ones when your return from a business trip to Moscow.
Speciality: many souvenirs stands, boutiques, foreign stores in roomy arcades.
Located: Red Square, 3, Moscow
Transport: Tverskaya, Smolenskaya metro stations
Open: Monday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Speciality: very successful department stores with world renowned designer brands
Located: Petrovka str., 2, Moscow
Tranport: Tverskaya, Smolenskaya metro stations
Open: Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 22.00, Sunday: 11.00 - 22.00
Bolshoi Theatre Store
Speciality: small store offering costumes, masks and other theater souvenirs
Located: ul. Petrovka, 3, Moscow
Transport: Tverskaya, Smolenskaya metro stations
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 22.00
Speciality: traditional Russian gifts and souvenirs, army stuff
Located: near to Izmailovo Park
Transport: Partizanskaya metro station
Open: on weekends from 10:00 to 17:00
Moscow has quite a lot tourist destinations.
Starting at the truly fascinating place Red Square and rushing to the Kremlin that is complex for visitors, full of churches, museums and it´s also the seat of the Russian government and the president. When you decide to walk, make sure not to miss the skyscraper "Seven Sisters". The pride of Moscow could be palaces as Tsaritsino - the former royal estate of Catherine the Great with the posh park or Kuskovo Estate including three parks.
Was first mentioned at the end of 15th century with the first name Trade Square ("Torgovaya"). Today´s Red Square used to be alloted for a market, is the heart and the symbol of Russia together with St. Basil’s Cathedral.
Location: Red Square, Moscow
St. Basil’s Cathedral
In the middle of the Red Square is an architecture masterpiece - the St. Basil’s Cathedral. St Basil’s was and still is an unusual cathedral: the architects construct 8 small churches around the main dome and made the paths from one church to another. A chaotic mix of architecture and colors has in fact about 200 years old renovation epoch. The Basil was named of a saint who was close to Ivan the Terrible tsar - Basil.
Location: Red Square, Moscow
The Moscow Kremlin
The Kremlin is a historical complex at the heart of Moscow and is also home to Russian government and used to be home to Ivan the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Lenin, Stalin, Gorbachev and Yeltsin. It is the best known of kremlins (Russian citadels) and includes four palaces, four cathedrals and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with the Kremlin towers.Location: Sobornaya Ploshad, Moscow
Tel: +7 (095) 202 4256 (Excursions)
It was the biggest store in Russia before the revolution, and the most popular after. GUM (Glavny Universalny Magazin) is the abbreviation for a State Deparment Store. GUM is not only an architectural masterpiece, it has an elegant interior, comprising three parallel arcades, a fontain and a glass roof transmitting daylight. When you have some time left on your business trip to Moscow and it’s a rainy day, I would suggest GUM, you will find many souvenirs stands, boutiques, foreign stores in roomy arcades.
Location: Red Square, 3, Moscow
Kuskovo Estate or Palace
"The summer country house of count Sheremetev" was created in 18th century.Nowdays the estate is home of the Russian State Museum of Ceramics, and the park including three parks - French regular, English landscape and Zaprudny, system of ponds and channels is very popular for citizens.
Location: Ul. Yunosti 2, Moscow
The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
This cathedral is situated not far from the Kremlin on the bank of the Moskva River. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (Khram Khrista Spasitela) is probably the largest Orthodox church in the world. The historical church is dated back to 1812, but it´s not as old as it looks. The original church was ruined by Stalin, therefore is rebuilt and completed in 2000.
Location: Volhonka, 15-17 Moscow
Make sure your health care insurance is sufficiently covered.
Maybe this is already covered in your regular health care insurance but often you will need to cover this with the travel insurance. Also a good travel insurance should cover the costs of travel for a relative in case of seriously illness or an accident.
The business trip travel insurance should also cover the costs of search, rescue and repatriation.
When you go on business trips on a regular basis, the easiest way to get insured is with an annual multi-trip insurance.
Keep in mind that you can also use this insurance for your pleasure trips so don`t forget to include to insure your leisure activities.
|British Embassy clinic||495 956 7270|
American Citizens Services (495 728 5577 after-hours emergency). English is not common in Moscow; it is usually only spoken by those in business or in the tourist trade.
Although some Russian phrases can always come in hand....
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