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International Women`s Club
The International Women's Club has organized additional coffee mornings & meetings during the summer for newcomers and members wishing to greet them. Date: August 8th, 10 -12 am at the Hard Rock Cafe, Stary Arbat, # 44. M. Smolenskaya. For more information: Anke Grossman or Joy Harris No reservations required.

British Women`s Club
Meetings every Tuesday from 10am to 12 pm at Coffee Mania on Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ul., next to the Conservatory Concert Hall. All newcomers very welcome. Phone: Barbara Carter (916) 788 9340, Laura Johnson (916) 836 0558,

American Women`s Organization
Are you new to Moscow? Or looking to meet new friends? The month of August is a great time to visit the American Women's Organization! The AWO of Moscow has over 200 members and helps expat women adapt to life in Moscow through social, cultural and educational activities. The club also supports charitable organizations in Moscow. Regular AWO Meetings will be held August 2 and 16 and a Newcomers Coffee on August 9. Members meet at 10:30 at the Hard Rock Cafe on Stary Arbat. Tickets will be on sale for the September 10th Boat Trip at all of these meetings. Membership is open to all North American passport- holders and their spouses. Ophelia Chafigoulline, Communications Chairperson, can be reached at For further information email:

American Embassy Playcamp
A fun day camp for children aged 3 - 5. Full day and half day programs available, based on a weekly theme. Daily activities include: arts and crafts, swimming, sports, music, games and cooking. When: 7 weeks from June 19 to August 4 Where: American Embassy Moscow For information contact: Tammy Lynch on 728 5354 or at:


Action for Russia`s Children (ARC) and Anglia British Bookshop
are launching a new charity project. Every Sunday, from 1 pm to 4 pm, ARC volunteers will be selling used English language books at Anglia Bookshop. All remittances will go to support ARC charitable activities. Anglia British Bookshop Moscow Vorotnikovsky Pereulok 6 Tel: 299 7766

Downsize up
Downside Up 11th Annual Charity Red Square Bike Ride. Join us from August 24 to August 27 as we bicycle 160km around the city of Ruza in Moscow Oblast. Bicyclists from all over the world will take part in this funfilled, three day event. There are many different sponsorship categories including a corporate team ($6000 for 4 participants) or a private participant ($1200). Proceeds from the event will benefit children with Down Syndrome. For more information please visit our website at: or contact Chris Council at: or (495) 165 5536.

Dogs as Assistants to Disabled People
We are a charity called “Dogs as Assistants for Disabled People”. Our volunteer trainers train guide dogs for vision impaired people, help dogs for physically disabled people, and therapy dogs. Those who get the dogs get them for free. You can help by participating in our Puppy Raising Program, sponsoring a dog or otherwise. For further information please visit or contact the Guide Dogs’ Director, Mrs. Elena Orochko at +7 (495)145 2261 or e-mail To speak to our English speaking volunteer and our Fundraising Coordinator, please feel free to contact Mrs. Elena Brooks at: +7 (495) 790 2783 (daytime), or e-mail:

Taganka Children`s Fund
Taganka children’s fund (TCF, a registered charity 6858) has been working since 1991 to provide care and support to the children from the single-parent families in need. At present, TCF supports over 600 disadvantaged families and over 900 children in them. TCF services to the families include psychological and legal support, a wide range of children’s educational groups, and after school activities including English, computer, dance, drawing, arts and crafts, group for disabled children, club for teenagers, professional courses for adults, direct humanitarian aid, summer programmes for children, excursions and many other opportunities. From September 2005 Taganka Children’s Fund in partnership with the Scottish charity Quarriers has started the new “Moscow Family Support Project” funded by the European Union- Russia Co-operation Programme ( x.htm). This project aims to provide support to the most vulnerable families and families in crisis situations via direct involvement of social workers. Now TCF is looking for sponsors to donate raffle prizes for the annual Trafalgar Ball in October, organized by the British Business Club in Russia in aid of Taganka Children’s Fund ( ). The British Business Club’s help to the charitable programmes of TCF is invaluable. And we welcome donations and involvement from all those who would like to help! For more information please contact: address:109147, Moscow, Bolshoi Rogozhski Pereulok house 10 building 2 Tel/fax: (495) 911-74-49 e-mail: TCF@COMTV.RU

The Center for Adaptation and Education of Refugee Children
is looking for native (or extremely good) English speakers who would be enthusiastic and reliable volunteer teachers. The centre provides afterschool educational support for 20 refugee children, individually or in small groups. If you can offer about an hour and a half in the early evening, once or twice a week, call Katya at: 350-0427 or email: On September 15, we are starting the next academic year with the usual set of activities. And from August 2-11, we are conducting a summer camp for children from the Ossetian-Ingush conflict zone, children from our Center and local community. The Civic Assistance Committee Dolgorukovskaya str., 33/6 Tel: (499) 973 5474 e-mail:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia
We, of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia, will celebrate our 15th year anniversary of serving youth in 2006. We would like to invite you to join our network of volunteers and supporters. Our programs throughout Russia have grown tremendously over the past several years and we are proud to have created hundreds of matches for disadvantaged youth and create for them a friendship that provides hope, support, and care for a better future life. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia is part of Big Brothers Big Sisters International (BBBSI). BBBSI is now working in over thirty countries. Together with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), over 1 million children participate in community and school based mentoring programs. The Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs are proven to be effective in helping children make important decisions. We are working in 7 regions of Russia: Tambov, Tyumen, Kirov, Yoshkar-Ola, Ryazan, Perm, and Yaroslavl. In the near future we will expand into Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Vladivostok. During 2004, over 150 matches were created for children between the ages of 7 and 15. We are serving children in orphanages, shelters, and from at-risk families. If you would like to consider becoming a future Big Brother or Big Sister in our programs, contact: Eric M. Batsie National Director, Russian Federation Big Brothers Big Sisters International c/o APCO 27 Petrovka Street, Building 1, Third Floor Moscow 107031 Russia Tel: (495) 937 5525 Fax: (495) 937 5526 Mobile: (916) 519 5854,


Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy:
An international, interdenominational congregation worshipping in Moscow since 1962. Voznesensky Pereulok 8 (St. Andrew's Church), secure parking. Metros: Okhotny Ryad, Pushkinskaya, or Biblioteka Imeni Lenina. Sunday Services at 3 pm Christian Education Classes, all ages Child Care Holy Communion first Sunday of each month. Weekday Services Bible studies call: 143 3562 Vespers, Prayer meetings, Parish Center, call: 143 5748 Special Events: August 6, Holy Communion Service, Sundays in August, 3:00, come meet the new Chaplaincy Team, Rev. Robert and Stacy Bronkema and their children from the US replacing Rev. Charles & Marie Mercer, Interim Team. Saturday August 5, 3 - 8 pm, MPC Summer Picnic at USA Embassy near Dacha Saturday. Call 143 3562 for details.

St. Andrews Anglican Church – August 2006 Schedule
Sunday services:
8:30 Holy Communion
11:00 Sung Eucharist with Sunday School
18:30 Evening Prayer
8:30 Morning Prayer
18:30 Evening Prayer (including Saturday)
19:00 Holy Communion
19:45 Bible study
NOTE: No daily services between August 1 – 5
No Thursday Night Concerts in August Classical Concerts to resume at St Andrew’s on September 7 at 7:30 PM St Andrew's Anglican Church Voznesensky pereulok 8, Moscow (Metros: Okhotny Ryad or Pushkinskaya) Tel/fax: 629 0990

St. Cathirine the Great Martyr Church
Representation of the Orthodox Church in America. Services first in Russian then in English from 9 am every Sunday. Bolshaya Ordynka, 60/2 Tel/fax: (495) 959 1296 Archimandrite Zacchaeus (Wood), Dean of the Church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr 'in-the-Fields',,,

Calvary Chapel
Christian church in Russian with English translation. Sundays at 11am and Wednesdays at 7pm. Contact: Kostya Kretov. Address: Krosna House of Culture near Metro Ulitsa 1905 goda or Belorusskaya at Ulitsa Presnensky Val 29, Tel: (916) 183 5345


Moscow International Choir
We are an amateur choir that meets every Tuesday night, currently at St. Andrew's Church on Voznesensky Pereulok, at 7:00 pm, from early September. We sing a mixture of classical and more popular music and have two seasons with concerts at the end, in December and May. We are always looking for more members of all ages, nationalities and levels. We organize social evenings and dacha days in the summer. It is a wonderful way to meet like-minded people of all nationalities. Contact: Chantal Cooper 200 5205, or (917) 552 8339


Expat over 30's Football (Soccer) League.
If you're a keen footballer and 30 years old or older, why not join our fun (but a bit serious) league. With eight sponsored teams of various levels, professional referees and a great social scene, it's a great chance to meet new friends and get fitter at the same time. Our outdoor summer pitch location (centre of Moscow) is perfect for families and we provide free shashlik, salads, beer and soft drinks. For more information, please email Nick Rees at:

Moscow Youth Soccer League
Moscow Youth Soccer League's season starts 26 August 2006. We are registering children ages 5 to18 for the upcoming season. For more information call: Tanya Granger: 763 6621, or Svetlana Korshunove: 232 9290.

Expat Field Hockey
The Moscow Expat Field Hockey Club invites women and men to play hockey every Saturday from 15:00 to16:30 at Sokolniki Football Training Center (Metro Sokolniki). Beginners are welcome. Hockey Sticks are provided. Cost: 250 Rbls. For further details contact: Vineet Arora, Tel: 768 7317. Email:

Expat Tennis Club
The Expat Tennis Club invites men and women to play tennis every Wednesday 9pm to11pm, outdoors on clay courts. Cost: 625 Rbls per person for 2 hours. For further details contact: Walter van Dijk, or Vineet Arora,

Walkers, HIikers and Nature Lovers
This group that regularly takes guided hikes around Moscow, usually meets 9:30 am on Sundays to walk around 22km. Newcomers welcom, we are open to everybody without fee or condition. Tel: 243 6726 (evenings) or 299 2069 (daytime) Email:

Moscow Dragons Rugby Club
Rugby teams for both men and momen. Training takes place Thursday nights from 7.30 pm with matches every Saturday. For further details contact: or see our website:

First Time in Europe Ladies Classic Car Rally

The first Ladies Rally in classic cars in Europe was held in Moscow in June, sponsored by the Blue Elephant, Royal Thai Cuisine Restaurant. When Milka Kresoja, the former diplomat turned restaurateur, dreamed up the idea of a Ladies Classic Car Rally, she did not realize the amount of headaches that were going to come with it. Everything from borrowing the cars from members of the Classic Car Club and the Stary Vremya (Old Time) promotional and events firm to dealing with the Moscow traffic police over the route and timing.

While the accumulation of Mercedes Benz, Jaguars, Bentley’s and Chevrolet Corvettes were all in pristine condition, it was the first time many of the lady participants had ever driven such cars. And just getting used to manual gear changing was a cause for some crash-tutoring in the car park of Milka’s restaurant, Blue Elephant.

The event attracted singer Anita Tsoi, Silver Rain radio DJ’s Victoria Agapova and Natalia Kulikova, MTV VJ Irena Ponarushka, TV Presenters Elena Starostina and Elena Lukshinova, designer Alisa Tolkacheva, actress Alisa Priznyakova and socialite Julia Erfussi.

The winner was Elena Lukshinova and her navigator Viktor Tolkachev in a Chevrolet Corvette. In second place was Milka Kresoja and her navigator, Oksana Smirnova, in a blue Jaguar XK. In Third Place came Julia Efrussi with navigator Ekaterina Nikolaeva in a Cadillac De Ville. The star of the event was tiny Cleo, the two-year old daughter of Alexander Smirnov, director of Stary Vremya, who loved sitting behind the wheel of a red Jaguar XK and pretending to drive.

Irena Ponaroshku

Cleo Smirnova

Anastasia Matveeva and Elizaveta Reshetnyak

Alisa Priznyakova

Natalia Kulikova and Viktoria Agapova

The starting arch, outside Blue Elephant

Oksana Smirnova and Milka Kresoya

Lady in Red

Anita Tsoi

Olga Bokeriya

Moscow Region Governor’s Show Jumping Cup
Text and photographs by John Bonar

This event on July 2 became as much social as sporting when an elegant crowd descended on the beautiful Otrado equestrian sports centre outside Moscow and joined Boris Gromov, Moscow Region Governor, to watch Russia’s leading show jumping riders put their gleaming horses through their paces over a series of fences and faux walls in the ring. As event sponsors, BMW introduced its latest models, Escada paraded its latest fashion collection, and MTS promoted its cellular phone service. There was plenty to enjoy about the day, not least the gourmet catering of Le Fauchon.

With palatial suites in its Park Hotel and its eponymous restaurant rapidly gaining a reputation for fine dining, Otrado is fast becoming a social centre for Moscow’s elite and not just for lover’s of equestrian sports.

Tanks for the Memories
Linda Lippner

I wasn’t sure why I should journey out to Kubinka on a sweltering summer afternoon to check out the Tank Museum. It shows how desperate I am to get out of town in the summer. Accompanied by a male friend who is crazy for tanks, I thought, why not? A tour was arranged and of course I found that I was the only female in the group. Other women had told me about the museum, so I knew there had been female visitors in the past, and I wouldn’t feel totally out of place. And what I discovered is that tanks can be fun!

We were greeted by a most perfectly charming retired Soviet Army Colonel who gave us our tour in Russian while our perfectly charming English speaking guide, Felix of Patriarchy Dom, did the translating. On our hot and dusty journey out to Kubinka, Felix suggested we nod in agreement at all information given – that is, all USSR tanks were the best designed and all other nation’s tanks could learn a thing or two from tank development in the USSR. Actually, many Germans did just that and were trained in tank tactics and design before Stalin put a stop to that kind of sharing in the 1930s.

It turned out the tanks were awesome. Parked in long semi-dark sheds, they numbered in the hundreds, if not thousands; but who was counting. Well, some of the guys in the tour were, and some of the guys were getting a little irritated by the tank propaganda from Colonel Boris. But I found him a perfect guide and being the only woman I got extra attention in that most charming Russian style that older men use. A big smile and sparkling blue eyes locking in on mine, plus the occasional bear hug. It turns out my questions about female tank commanders hit a nerve and we heard stories about women who drove and commanded tank battalions. After the official part of the tour, Colonel Boris temporarily kidnapped me and took me into the tank museum’s official building where there were photos of those female tank commanders. It turns out one had her legs blown off in the war, but that didn’t deter her from test driving a tank in the early 1960s.

My take on tanks; they look like very silent and malignant dinosaurs. The German tanks were especially evil looking, and Colonel Boris gave us detailed accounts of the horror they inflicted on Russia. At the end of the German tank shed there was a tank painted pitch black, and named ADAM. This monster is the largest tank ever made. Was it supposed to be a funny joke that it was called a Maus? My favorites: one that looked like an armadillo and another that was designed to cross the Arctic and invade the U.S. via ice floes and Canada. Apparently, that was such a crazy idea Krushchev laughed it off the design board. Colonel Boris ended our tour with a song from the war days and a wish that our children and grandchildren will never have to go to war. Hear! Hear!

Dewar’s Russian Polo Cup
Text and Photographs by John Bonar

On an unseasonably cold and windy July 1, the final of the Dewar’s Russia Polo Cup 2006, in partnership with Globus Gourmet, attracted a glittering crowd of Russian and international spectators to the immaculate polo ground at Gorky 2 near Moscow.

VIP guests, suitably provided with blankets and sustained by Dewar’s smooth Special Reserve, cheered and applauded as the two teams of four, rode specially bred, fast and agile ponies, striving to score goals by driving a hard, white ball between goal posts at each end of the field with wooden mallets. The VIPs included Sergei Kolushev, Managing Director of the Russian Economic Forum; Tatyana Mikhailkova, wife of Oscar-winning film producer Nikita Mikhailkov; Regina von Flemming, CEO of Axel Springer Russia; Andreas Romanos, CEO of the Association of European Businesses; and Barnaby Mundell of JBS Associates.

Polo, once a sport of the Imperial elite, was re-introduced to Russia by Peruvian entrepreneur and polo enthusiast, Victor Huaco, three years ago. He invested over $300,000 to establish the Russian Polo Club and the Polo in Russia Foundation. He brought the first 25 Argentine polo ponies to the country. With his polo-playing wife, Anastasia, Mr. Huaco was the star of the day and much feted by the professional Argentinean, American and Canadian polo-players that were invited from England to take part in the two-day event.

Tatyana Mikhailkova

Band playing before start

Polo action

Ivan Rubinich, Anastasia and Victor Huaco

Models promenading in early 19th Century costume

A model demonstrates a polo trolley

Andreas Romanov (left) chats with friends

Paddy Wright, Kirill Vishnevskiy, Barney Mundell, Andrea Williams, Howard Roberts, Peter Vanhecke, Johannes and Jane Harrison at the VIP lunch

Mark Stiles of the Land Rover team

Tatiana Abuzova

Erkin Touzmohamedov

Leaders and Changes

David Jenkins, an eight-year British veteran with Marriott Hotels Moscow, has joined Horwath, the Hotel, Leisure and Tourism consultants as director of Russian operations in their new Moscow office. Jenkins was Director of Operations at the Marriott Aurora flagship property in Moscow. “This job will take more out and across the length and breadth of Russia,” he told Passport Magazine.

Ago Vilu, the Estonian head of Price Waterhouse Coopers’ accounting consultancy operations for Russia and CIS has been promoted to Partner, leading PWC’s financial reporting group for Russia and CIS. Vilu, 39, has worked for PWC in Estonia and London before joining the Russian office in 2005.

Chiara Pascarella has joined AVC Advisory, Financial and Investment Planners, as a Financial Consultant specializing in work with Italian clients and cross-border projects relating to Italy.

Robert Carey of the United States has joined Sunbury Heights, the construction consultants, responsible for Developer Relations. Carey, who has lived and worked in Moscow since 1994, developed contacts with real estate agents and developers while a director of Office Solutions, a Steelcase furniture dealer.

David Horne, has been appointed Vice President of Hotel Consulting Department, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, Russia. He will be responsible for keeping an active company profile, execution of hotel advisory projects, managing transaction processes, developing relationships with local developers/owners, international and local financing institutions and international hotel operators. Horne was previously with Hermitage Hospitality in Moscow.

John Delargy, has been elected Vice-President of Rotaract Club Moscow International. Delargy is a consultant in the Office Agency Department of Cushman & Wakefield, Stiles & Riabokobylko. Rotaract International is a Rotary-sponsored worldwide organization of young professionals.

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