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Moscow



What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

HUGE. I think morale is good. The CLO does a great job with plenty of activities. There is a good support structure at the embassy. - Sep 26, 2016
Large but shrinking each year. Morale is mixed. It is what you make of it. Some people really enjoy Moscow and others are counting down the days until the end of their tour. - May 17, 2016
Quite large, with over a hundred embassies plus many journalists and tens of thousands of foreign businessmen and students, but it's not a very cohesive community, since this is a huge city. Morale tends to be good, albeit less so in winter. Major exception: those who moved to Russia with strong prejudices against the country aren't usually in a good mood! - Sep 11, 2015
Very large community and morale is moderate. Like any post, it is what you make of it. I would recommend living off-compound because it is too easy to stay on compound your entire tour - everything is offered there. - Jun 30, 2015
I think the expat community was pretty substantial among all of the different missions in Moscow, but the morale at least at the Embassy ebbed and flowed. There definitely were different groups which stuck together and given the weather (it was dark early in the evening from October-April), you could definitely feel a little depressed. I kind of wished that we had taken more trips while were there just to get away. - Oct 14, 2014
The expat community is huge and morale really varies - some love it and do multiple tours here but I think more dislike it and are counting the days until their departure. - Nov 13, 2013
Pretty large - there are large diplomatic, student, and professional communities from around the world, though you have to seek them out. - Jul 28, 2013
Very large. Lots of other embassies and foreign businesses are here. - Jul 18, 2013
Very large. - Jan 13, 2013
Pretty big. Lots of business people. - Mar 14, 2012
Pretty large. There are lots of Embassies and US companies here. - May 29, 2011
Huge. - Jan 1, 2011
Tremendous. - Jul 31, 2010
HUGE! - May 22, 2010
HUGE. Besides the embassy, there are many American expats doing business here. - May 5, 2010
Large, although segregated. - Feb 13, 2010
Large, but strangely scattered. We notice that expats don't mix together here as well in other cities like New Delhi - probably because there are so many entertainment options in the city. - Jan 23, 2010
Huge. - Nov 6, 2009
Thousands. - Oct 24, 2009
Huge. The embassy must have at least 1000 people, including all spouses and Members of household. Lots of business people, too. - Aug 29, 2009
Fairly large. There are many expat organizations, though I didn't run into many foreigners on the street. There are many things to get involved in, though. - Aug 22, 2009
Very large. - Jul 12, 2009
Large, but very concentrated in the center. I lived on the outskirts of the city and hardly ever ran into Americans there. - Sep 12, 2008
Large. - Aug 25, 2008