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Entertainment, Media and Television for Expats in Russia

Submitted: January 2014

ENTERTAINMENT

Circuses

Attending the circus is a popular choice for those seeking family-friendly entertainment. International circuses like the Chinese Circus and Cirque du Soleil regularly perform in Russia. Some local circuses for you to attend with your kids are:

Cinemas

In Russia, you will find numerous movie theatres, particularly in all large shopping malls, offering the very latest in local and international movies. At regular cinemas, films are normally shown in Russian with no subtitles. However, several cinemas, art clubs and embassies in Moscow do regular screenings of movies in foreign languages, including English. A ticket to see a movie in English will typically cost approximately US $10 whereas Russian language films would cost about US $5 or less. Annual film festivals such as the Moscow International Film Festival and the American Film Festival sometimes screen films in English or the relevant language.

Nightlife

For a great listing of clubs, restaurants and bars, do try to get your hands on “Go-Magazine” or visit their site at www.go-magazine.ru. It is distributed in the Moscow Times newspaper monthly for free in cafes, bars, and hotels and is an English-language newspaper.

 

MEDIA

As an expat in a new country, one of the fastest and easiest ways to feel more connected to Russian society is to become familiar with the country's history and current affairs. The most effective way of doing so is by listening to and watching radio and televised news programs, as well as reading local newspapers and magazines available in English.
Russia has a very wide range of print media. There are over 400 daily newspapers, covering every field, and offering all kinds of perspectives. For English speakers, there is a wide range of media available. Print editions can be bought at most newsstands, kiosks and hotels. Some of the most popular ones are:

TIP - Also visit, Online Newspapers at www.onlinenewspapers.com, which lists over 1000 links to online newspapers worldwide, including Russia.

Radio

Whilst most radio stations focus primarily on broadcasting music, they also offer news and analyses on current affairs. There are three main nationwide radio stations in Russia:

Also very popular is Echo of Moscow, an independent station known for its anti-government political programs. Unfortunately there are no Russian stations which broadcast in English, but many English-language radio stations can be received via satellite and cable TV subscriptions or over the internet.

 

TELEVISION

Watching terrestrial television in Russia does not require a TV license like some other European countries. You will find that in Russia, most houses and apartments are already equipped with built-in aerials which can receive at least 15 free state-owned and private channels, all of which are broadcast in Russian. Some of these channels are:

  1. TV-3 - Entertainment
  2. MuzTV - Music
  3. MTV Russia - Music
  4. Russia Today (www.rt.com) - is the first Russian 24/7 English-language, pro-governmental news channel.
  5. Perviy Kanal - News and entertainment
  6. Rossiya - News and entertainment

Satellite Television

Most major cable and satellite TV providers offer English-language channels along with some standard local Russian channels. You will typically find BBC, CNN, Eurosport and Discovery as some of the English channels forming part of most packages.

If you are living in Moscow or St. Petersburg, cable or satellite TV connections will most likely have already been installed. In the event that you wish to arrange for a connection, applications can be made online, by phone or at the service provider’s office. Bills can also be paid online, by phone or at the service provider’s office. The essential documents required for when you wish to make an application include:

  • completed application form
  • passport
  • tenancy contract

Some Satellite TV providers for you to consider are:

  • TricolourTV (www.tricolour.tv/eng) - they offer up to 100 channels in English for 900 Rubles ($27.27) per year
  • OnLime(Rostelcom) (www.onlime.ru) - they offer 98+ channels starting from 250 Rubles ($7.57) per month and upwards.
  • NTV Plus (www.ntvplus.ru) - they offer 94 channels starting at 550 Rubles ($16.66)

 

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