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Alexander Malutin

Click More to read Alexander Malutin’s self-description. No client feedback but the summary below makes him look interesting. Very good English. Engineering and business education.  more →


What a regret this one seems to have fallen out of circulation as a driver. Julia used to have two (!) vans, both in excellent shape, and that was just one of her smaller contributions to humanity. more →

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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Alexandra G.

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Her site:  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


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



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!


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.


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 and I’ll immediately relay your message to Alexandra but will also monitor the situation.