Power is divided among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. The Head of State is the President. As of 2011, he is elected for a six-year term. He can dissolve the legislature, declare war, appoint ministers, and issue a wide range of presidential decrees independent of parliament. The bicameral legislature consists of the State Duma and the Federal Council. The Duma has 450 deputies who are elected by direct popular vote and others by proportional representation from the national parties.
Having survived the Asia financial crisis in 1997 and the global recession of 2008, Russia's economy showed GDP growth of 3.5 to 4.5 percent in recent years. Russia joined the World Trade Organization in 2012. Russia's abundance of natural resources and its skilled, educated workforce make it a promising environment for future economic investment and growth. Hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi brought the country into the spotlight.
Most expatriates, and most Russians, live in apartments, or flats, in one of the many clusters of Russian prefab housing blocks. Some foreigners, particularly in the diplomatic community, choose to live in a dacha village outside the cities.
Older apartment buildings are somewhat foreboding from the outside. Most are unattractive, characterless, and unkempt, causing many Westerners to experience a sense of trepidation when going to see an apartment for the first time. Stairwells are invariably stuffy, and often unpleasant.
There are several international and national schools - British, French, German, Indian, Israeli, Pakistani - in Moscow. St. Petersburg, and Vladivostok, have less choice. Most international schools operate a U.S. style curriculum with modifications to accommodate European students. The Anglo-American school in Moscow, for one, offers an International Baccalaureate, or IB program.
Visa & Immigration
Santa Fe offers Visa and Immigration services for Russia and countries around the world. For further information, please contact your local Santa Fe office.
Santa Fe Relocation Services Moscow Office
Address: Ul Novocheremushkinskaya 61, 3rd floor 117418, Moscow
Contact Number: +7 495 933 5232
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