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A star of this list soon to move to Russia!

Looks like this super fellow, first a client and now a good friend of mine, is moving to Russia in the very foreseeable future.  An Australian of Singapore descent. An artist by calling and education, an electrician by trade, and a fan of antique cars. This time my mission is to set him up with a job immediately as he lands.

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That’s John and his 1969? Ford Firebird more →

Vovchik from Ryazan and his collection of “Russian brides”

Another star of my list, the famous Vovchik from Ryazan.

  • A historian, a history writer, an explorer of western outskirts of Russia, where the empire met Europe.
  • A medical doctor by education. Worked in emergency medicine. Turned to journalism and TV about 1995.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Ryazan scene. Politics, business, art, music, and everything else in Ryazan. Understanding of how provincial life is organized.

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BUT THE REASON I’M ADDING VOVCHIK HERE IS HIS COLLECTION OF WOMEN. HE HAS A HABIT OF COMPULSIVELY DOCUMENTING AND CLASSIFYING ALL HE COMES ACROSS, AND THAT INCLUDES GIGABYTES OF ELIGIBLE WOMEN FROM RYAZAN.  IF PROPERLY APPROACHED HE WILL SHARE HIS COLLECTION WITH YOU, AND ASSIST IN ORGANIZING A MEETING.

This treasure of a man can of course be put to uses more noble than Russian bride searches but Russian brides is the only product that is in any significant demand these difficult days.  If not Russian bride seeking clients the game would be over for me in about 2011. I subcontracted Vovchik to setup a couple of interviews with popular personalities but these amount to nothing compared to regular Russian bride search trips I organize to Ryazan. It’s been years since my last history-oriented trips. But Russian cunts sell and will keep on selling, and I have no choice but to deal in that nonsense. Looking for one? Talk to me and consider a trip to Ryazan as perhaps the most effective way to meet real women not yet spoiled by international dating agencies.

Still, I’m putting this post in Artists, General knowledge of the scene, and Medicine. Vovchik has either competence and/or numerous quality connections in these areas of life. Some of the drawings scattered around my sites were made by Vovchik.

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.