About Pasha

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Pasha has written 48 articles so far, you can find them below.

Igor with his pricing tricks

Reproduced verbatim. Note the “plus”. Parking is $5, occasionally $10 if there is a lineup at the customs. Average waiting time is 30-40 min. Adds up to $70-90. Why not just say $80?! Make it simple for yourself and others! Also your “good English” sounds machine translated. Except for “Deer Pasha”, which is obviously your creation. Sorry Igor, I can only add you to the Beware category.

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Filming logistics

Living and office space, est. 160 cubic feet of it, towed by a powerful and reliable yet inconspicuous 4WD diesel truck. A fully bilingual driver with extensive field experience, understanding of the needs and challenges of filming crews and journalists.

  • Three sleeping places plus camping equipment to help you rest with comfort.
  • Two desks for you to work comfortably while in the field.
  • A gas stove, a refrigerator, a portable toilet, and minimalistic washing facilities that still allow to take full shower.
  • 220V power supply: 12VDC to 220VAD inverter, 1.6kW generator to keep your equipment running and batteries charged.
  • 20ft aerial for fast and reliable internet.
  • Comfortable working environment in winter, field tested

$300/day plus direct expenses! Yes, $300/day will get you a vehicle, a heated camper, a generator ($50/day to rent), and me in person attending your needs.

Also available for Gold Ring tours, camping trips, Winter is the Soul of Russia (c) and Russian Misery Travel (c) adventures and misadventures, and as a support vehicle for horse back riding trips in the Upper Volga area, near Staritsa, Tver region.

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Write to moscowdrivers@yandex.ru with the details about your trip and your needs.

PS. Dug up more photos showing the setup’s capabilities..

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A full double bed. Just like home in the middle of nowhere in winter.

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Almost no smell from this toilet that can easily take 10 human-days of waste.

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An example of a full meal served many miles from the nearest cafe. The driver is an accomplished cook too, with a knack for creating a proper meal  under any, even the most basic, conditions.

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The White Sea, Kola peninsula, 1500 miles north from Moscow. The hood is open not because of breakdowns. It was pre-generator days, and 220 volts were obtained from two batteries (120+AxHr capacity) and a 1000Wt inverter.

Gloom against scam

A businessman on his way to Domodedovo offering to sell dirt cheap goods he is leaving behind

A few days ago, Prospekt Mira, the railroad overpass by the Riga Station.

A motorist waved me to stop, which I did. The fellow was charm incarnate. Presented himself as Mario, an Italian businessman on his way to the airport. The story was that he was where for a trade show, now heading to the airport, and is  leaving behind a load of leather coats that he is willing to sell extra cheap. Just a few roubles from me and I can head to VDNKh to claim his goods.

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Scam & Tricks

As I’m reorganizing my old www.moscowdrivers.net/index.htm I see lots of stories of scam and tricks involving Moscow taxi, both licensed and “Gypsy cabs”.  These stories will be piled up here, in the Beware category.

Got anything to add? Please leave a comment below and/or use my FORUM.

Alexandra G.

Contact Alexandra at alexandragor4@yandex.ru
Her site: www.alexandra-goryashko.net  English summary soon! Mostly about polar research stations and nature reserves.

With great regret I’ve removed  Alexandra from the list of drivers. It turned out she can’t candle Moscow traffic. She remains however a star of anything related to information search and compilation. Archive work, interviews and reports, or anything else that involves digging through and sorting data. Talk to her if you are looking for information of any sort. Archive work is her particular area of expertise. 

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Dima from Staritsa. Fast, smooth, positive.

Young, cheerful, and just oozing with positivity. His BMW is clean inside and out, polished, vacuumed, and even perfumed. Fast yest smooth driving style. Based in Staritsa, easy access to Tver and Rzhev. Regularly travels to Moscow.

But no, I will not place you into Safe category. Sorry, Dima. It’s either safe OR fast. Can’t have both. I’m adding you to the VIP section however.  No English is no problem because a VIP client expect his driver to keep his mouth shut.

If you do insist on speed, Dima is as safe of a pick as you can make. His English is limited but given my special relationship with Dima (he took over my Horse Riding and the Dacha Experience project thus freeing me from what at some point threatened to turn into an eternal exile) I’m more than willing to act as an interpreter over the phone. more →

Delegate your auto related cares to us

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Spotted in the back of Kutuzovsky prospekt, 2010-2011

Delegate your car-related headached to us. Dima knows the auto market, and is an expert in the mechanics and electronics of modern vehicles. Pasha is too familiar, back from the days when he too travelled between Russia and Canada, with what a year of sitting idle does to a car.

Travel to Russia regularly?

Want to have a vehicle waiting and ready for you?

Tell these two gents about your circumstances  and their will come up with a proposal. Write to

Dima: senior.polyackoff@yandex.ru

Pasha: paul_voytinsky@yahoo.com 

Alexandra N.

alexandra_n­_smAn artist, an architect, and an interior designer. Willing to act as a guide/driver in exchange for English conversation practice.  Her services used to be entirely free till recently but things here are starting to go down with people’s preference for hard cash rather than generosity and informal barter deals as one of the consequences.  Now compensation in the form of a tank of gas will be gratefully accepted. Alexandra’s everyday English is passable. It is no longer a form of torture to talk to her and especially her son who used to talk in long convoluted sentences sort of the way I do. I took the brunt of it and now his style is short simple and to the point.

This offer is for talkative people only!

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More about Alexandra from one of the older pages

First, don’t confuse her with another Alexandra listed here. That other Alexandra works at the Kandalaksha Nature Reserve, travel around the north a lot, and in the process of dragging me to beyond the arctic circle. 

Back to Alexandra-the-artist. As an artist she specialized in the restoration of medieval paintings and especially Orthodox icons. Alexandra’s interests include old towns. A good person to travel around Gold Ring or to go to Staritsa, where she has a dacha. A fast confident driver. “Respectable” car although at the time I don’t know what it is and don’t have a photo. Something nondescript and modern.

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Here this professor’s daughter and an artist put on the image of a tough truck driver. To me, after 10 years of rural exile, this is more of a shift supervisor at a dairy kolkhoz.

Since 2010 she was on my list of those seeking free English conversation practice in exchange for being a guide and a driver. Our relationship started with my teaching English her and her son. I always insist on conversation practice with a variety of people to compliment lessons. They complied and now speak quite well if you stick to everyday topics. Now, in these tougher times, when oil prices are about to drop and Russia, with its resource-dependent economy,  is beginning its descent to hell, she can no longer afford to take a day off work with no financial compensation. You’ll need to at least fill her car up. Think of her as a driver with a huge discount, about 50% off going rates. Since the idea for taking $$ for driving is below Alexandra, who till recently was doing very well, I will not release her e-mail but will personally administer requests for her services and monitor that you cover direct costs.

So write to moscowdrivers@yandex.ru and I’ll immediately relay your message to Alexandra but will also monitor the situation.