Two Petersburgers - Galina and Margarita - at the end of February played a wedding in Paris. Same-sex marriages in France were legalized in May 2013 - part of the country met it with glee, in another part the innovation caused frustration and even led to protest demonstrations. Now foreigners can register a marriage in France, including Russian citizens, but under certain conditions.
Category: Personal experience
"How well do you know the money?" - asks the Central Bank of everyone who somehow inexplicably found this page with an educational game on the website of a serious government agency. You are offered to help the character Muravishka, who is very similar to Masyanya, to find signs of the authenticity of a thousandth bill. In fact, everything is not so fun.
According to the NDV-Real Estate agency, after a summer fall in prices, the rental market for Moscow apartments came into equilibrium. Landlords are ready to only slightly reduce the price, while on average they ask for 25-28 thousand rubles for a one-room apartment, 32-35 thousand for a two-room apartment, and 40-45 thousand for a three-room apartment.
Illustrations by Andrew Smirny Companies that help customers start trading on the Internet on a stock exchange promise fast earnings without the hassle. In this case, from time to time in the press there are stories about people who have lost all the money on the exchange. A recent example is a trader from Kazan, who managed to conduct 5,000 transactions for the sale of foreign currency worth 42 billion rubles overnight and lost 15 million in the end.
Illustrations by Olesya Shchukin After the fall of the ruble, many expats left Moscow: their salary in local currency has ceased to be so attractive. But those people who have a source of foreign exchange income began to feel differently in the capital - food and entertainment became much more affordable in terms of dollars and euros.
Muscovite in search My name is Julia, I am a sales specialist, I am 28 years old - and over the past couple of months I have passed more than eighty interviews. I used to think: since I have experience, good brains and education, they will everywhere wait with open arms. But it turned out that this is not so. I spent most of my life in Moscow and sincerely consider myself a Muscovite.
Illustrations by Andrey Smirny In the last couple of years, the Central Bank has been actively reducing the number of credit organizations. Every week, there are reports that the next three banks have lost their licenses. Among them were Probusinessbank, Master Bank, First Republican Bank, Sofrino, BFT Bank, Migom payment system and others.
While the Russian cheese maker Oleg Sirota thanks Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev for the extension of sanctions for another year and a half, other entrepreneurs boast of the banned goods. “It is vital for me. It goes into all the fillings for ravioli and pansotti, for focaccia and, of course, in pesto,” explains Margaret Zatskina, founder of Fiorella Pasta Fresca, under a photograph of the head of Italian cheese grana padano, which she brought from a tourist trip to Italy (no more than five kilograms of products for personal use can be imported into Russia).
Alternative ways of economic life in the modern world are almost impossible. However, you can be an activist who breaks out of the vicious circle of capitalism, using loopholes in the system, and at the same time live in a big city. Life around met with a resident of St. Petersburg, who is able to fully live, practically without using money.
As I save 10 thousand dollars, living in Moscow Canadian Max Thompson received a scholarship to study in Moscow, for which he could live with chic in the capital. Instead, he decided to save in order to return home with money. Max shared with Life around his rules of economical life - they mainly consist in purchasing cheap products and refusing to communicate with Russian girls.
This week, the Russian tourism market has revived due to the lifting of a moratorium on the sale of permits to Turkey. Just three days after this, the country returned to the demand leaders among Russians - interest in tickets and flights to Antalya grew by a third. Prior to this, the situation with foreign tourism looked sad: in the first quarter, according to the Russian Association of Tour Operators, the tourist flow decreased by 22%.
According to the Ministry of Labor, in Russia at the end of May there were only 1 019 874 unemployed, that is, those who officially registered with the employment center and receive benefits. According to information at the end of March, 46 thousand people were recognized as unemployed in Moscow, and from January to March about 1.8% of able-bodied citizens, or almost 128.9 thousand people, were in this status.
Competitions and lotteries, where big wins are at stake, are held by many well-known companies. However, it is believed that nominees win them or prizes are not given out at all. Life around found winners of contests and lotteries who became owners of cars, real estate, received a large sum or the opportunity to go on a trip, and found out how they managed to win, whether such luck changed them and whether they experienced the envy of their friends.
Students enter Western universities to live abroad and get more opportunities for further employment. But the cost of studying at many universities is estimated at thousands of dollars, and after the fall of the ruble, education abroad has become even less accessible for Russians. But a diploma of a good Western university can be obtained for free or for little money.
The founder of Svyaznoy Maxim Nogotkov earned his first million dollars in 20 years, Andrey Romanenko, the owner of the Qiwi payment service, came up with his first business in the 10th grade, while Pavel Durov and Vyacheslav Mirilashvili from VKontakte, as students, took 30 thousand dollars from parents and returned them a year later.
How a Canadian saves 10 thousand dollars, living in Moscow After the fall of the ruble, many expats left Moscow: their salary in local currency has ceased to be so attractive. But those people who have a source of foreign exchange income began to feel differently in the capital - food and entertainment became much more affordable in terms of dollars and euros.
The lowest mortgage rates can be found in Japan, Switzerland and Finland - there they do not exceed 2%. In Russia, 11-12% rates are considered attractive - with them, a mortgage becomes a barely feasible way of buying a home. Life around recorded the personal experience of a young Petersburger who voluntarily took out five mortgages and wants to make money on it.
To make a career in a large company, sometimes you have to move from city to city: managers who have managed to establish work in the field may eventually get a good position in the main office. But to leave a house for life in an unfamiliar city people are forced not only career prospects. Life around spoke with four heroes who are moving from region to region after work.
Upon request, you can find many social networks in search services: some are designed for dating, others unite people of certain professions, and others - adherents of a particular religion. There are strange social networks - for example, for zombies or pets. The life of most of these sites is short: they are launched and, having not managed to gain a sufficient audience, cease to be social networks - updates there, if they happen, are not more often than a couple of times a month, and active users switch to more familiar sites.
Traveling by car is always freedom of movement, an almost unlimited amount of luggage and, most importantly, the ability to change the route at any time. Unsurprisingly, more and more people are choosing this mode of travel on vacation. The February holidays are a great occasion to see something new and make your first little autotravel.
It is easy to meet the labor dynasties of teachers, musicians, doctors or workers of one factory. In other professions, there are not so many fathers and children who would do one thing. What affects sons when they choose parent work? How difficult is it to build a successful business with relatives who cannot be fired?