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08 février 2018

The district of Tverskaya

The Tverskaya is the major axis of the city center. It runs from the Manege Square to the Belarus Square for 2.5 km. It is the longest and most prestigious street in Moscow. There are luxury shops, but also the Moscow City Hall or the central telegraph. It is also home to two emblematic squares: Pushkin Square first, the real center of Muscovite life, and Mayakovskaya Square. Each one features the statues of the two great men who have marked the history of Russia. All around are restaurants, cafes, casinos, cinemas, theaters or nightclubs. South of Pushkin Square, the district of the Patriarch's Pond is one of the best preserved of old Moscow, with pre-revolution building and some pretty Soviet buildings. Although ultra central, there are few cars in this area and the edges of the pond, especially in summer, recall some parks in Paris. The typical Tverskoy Boulevard is divided in two by pedestrian walkways, nicely lit at night. Summer and winter is a neighborhood where it is very pleasant to walk. An essential area to visit to feel the special atmosphere of Moscow and be surprised by the best restaurants in the city.


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The rink of Pushkin Square:



The Pushkin coffee:





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The Red Square




Our first walk in the center of Moscow began at the Mayakoskaya metro stop. We went out and took Tverskaya Avenue towards the Kremlin. At the end of this magnificent avenue, we have arrived opposite the State Historical Museum. We took a door to enter the Red Square. Our first sight was not splendid. Facing us, stood the big ice rink of the place which is not very beautiful.


Here is the GUM, former state store bordering the Red Square reconverted into famous shopping malls. The architecture is beautiful and it is especially a great place to stroll and take a coffee break or eat ice cream during the visit sites around



This is a creation exposed in the GUM. We can make a connection with the Christmas decorations, in Paris, every year at lafayette gallery.


Upon our arrival, the Christmas market was still present.



A tower of the Kremlin:



The famous Saint Basil's Cathedral the Blessed



Nikolskaya Street: This street is very famous for its beauty. It is perpendicular to the red square.


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10 février 2018

Izlaimovo's Market



Islaimovo's Market is a bit far from the center. It is north west. There are multiple stables of Russian souvenir shops: matryoshka, chapka, amber, etc. It is very beautiful to see and I think it's cheaper than in the shops in the center.

Above this market, there is a Kremlin very colorful and pretty. Here you will find some pictures







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11 février 2018

Dostoïevsky's House & the district


Dostoevsky is my favorite author, I loved: crime and punishment, the idiot, the Karamazov brothers, the player, etc ...

So I went to visit his birthplace. Indeed, he did not live all his life in Moscow. He is buried in St. Petersburg.

I was very excited for the idea of discovering her house, however she does not have much interest. There are only three rooms, quite empty and devoid of any emotion .. I did not stay long. 







Fortunately the outdoor setting was very beautiful.





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13 février 2018

финансового университета при правительстве Российской Федерации





As you can see, the title is in russian. Ir is the traduction: financial university under the government of the russian federation. It's quite long... The university is located northwest of central Moscow, about ten kilometers away. More precisely, on the leningradsky prospect, 49. It is one of the oldest Russian higher education institutions where financial experts, financial law experts, economists, IT experts, mathematicians, sociologists, and political scientists are trained. 

Among the Financial University graduates are V. S. Pavlov, Chairman of the Government of the USSR; B. G. Fedorov, Ministers of Finance of the USSR, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, and the Russian Federation; V. V. Gerashchenko, Chairpersons of the Central Bank of the USSR and Russia and so many others...



The University has come a long way. It has evolved from an institute and a finance and banking specialist training academy into a major research and education center. Today it incorporates 14 faculties based in Moscow and 6 faculties based in the University Branches

The University total annual enrolment is 51,579 students (incl. 23,712 students who study in face-to-face mode, 567 students who study in off-campus/on-campus study mode, and 27,300 students of correspondence study departments). There are 38,250 students of bachelor, master and specialist degree programs and 13,329 students of post-secondary training programs.

The quality of provision offered by the University is widely recognized and is due to the highly qualified teaching staff employed. As at 1 January 2016, there are 1,545 teaching staff members who are based in Moscow, including 1,214 holders of academic degrees. The number includes 340 Doctors of Sciences and 874 holders of PhD degrees. There are 815 teaching staff members who have academic titles.



Sans titre

1919 - Founded the first in the history of national  economic educati

on institution of higher education specializing in finance  - moscow institute of finance and economics

1934 – founded Moscow Institute of Credit and Economics

1946 – Moscow Institute of Finance and Economics merged with Moscow Institute of Credit and Economics and became Moscow Finance Institute

1991 – the State Finance Academy

1992– the Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation

 14.07.2010 – the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation

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The dormitory


Here's my room !

The dormitory is glued to the university. It is a large building with 9 floors. Floor 6 is reserved for foreign students and the others for Russians. It is very pretty and very suitable for the price (23 € / month). Each room contains 2 rooms with 2 beds each. There are 2 bathrooms: one with a bathtub and the other with a toilet. In the airlock there is a fridge. There is a kitchen for all students on the same floor (they are not very clean and there is only hotplates).

There are washing machines on the 9th floor and it costs only 40 rubles (50centimes euros).

It is not advisable to drink tap water because the pipes are very old and there is plomp in the water.

Sheets and towels are provided.

I even have a small balcony but I do not have a nice view. However, other rooms have seen on a skyscraper which is the place where rents are the most expensive in Moscow !!


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Welcoming and integration

We arrived, with Édouard, on Monday, 05/02/2018 at 11pm at Sheremetyevo airport. Fortunately the airport is only 15 minutes away by taxi. My bodie, aleksandra, wait for us in the hall of the school. We were given an electronic card (which should not be lost). It allows us to enter / exit at any time from the faculty. We registered at the reception then, direction our room!

We came face to facewith french lyonnais! Amazing more than 2500 km from Lyon ;). We made a little acquaintance with them, but sleep won us.

Little surprise at the time of writing a small message to reassure our loved ones .... To have wifi, you need a Russian phone number! I did not sleep very well the first night because it is very hot in the Russian interiors (30 ° C).



Tuesday, February 6th, we met svetlana and Tatiana (the direction in charge of the international exchanges). They gave us a lot of information including schedules and the list of courses we could follow.

After that, we met a lot of very friendly foreigners! Americans, Austrians, French, British, Germans, Chinese etc ...

It's very nice because we do a lot of outings together, restaurants etc .. So we had a very good integration.

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Regarding the courses, the teachers do not speak all English which is a shame because we have not been able to take some courses .. But they are all very nice to us. Russian students, meanwhile, try to talk to us but not always successfully :P. They are very kind and help us willingly.


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18 février 2018




For Maslenitsa, we went to the Gorky Park (one of the best known of Moscow) to celebrate with Muscovites!

If you don't know what is Maslenitsa, you can go to see my explanation on the "social rituals".




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19 février 2018

Class Content


I'm going to talk to you here about my schedule. It was quite complicated to understand at first. Indeed, the financial university has provided us with the timetable of each year (bachelor + master) but everything was in Russian. I, therefore, everything translated. The other problem was getting classes that interested me but did not happen at the same time. It took me over three days for that. The ESDES asks us to take a total of 30 credits ects but that's a lot in Russia because the Russians have only 20. I have a busy schedule. You can see below a typical week:

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I took Spanish, economic statistics, economic analysis, Russian, world economy and international relations which are bachelor courses. And a master's course: financial and monetary methods of economic regulation. In my university the bachelor courses take place from 8h to 17h10 and the master classes from 19h to 22h.
Officially, all teachers and courses are in English, unfortunately some teachers speak only Russian. Moreover, ironically, the Russian courses, compulsory for foreign students, are only in Russian .....

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20 février 2018

External regional conflicts or tensions

Relations with countries with a neutral or pro-Western orientation





Since Azeri independence in 1991, Russia has been engaged in a new dialogue despite the clearly pro-American position of the Azeri Republic.

Talks about the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) construction project, a gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to Turkey via Georgia, dragged on, but an agreement was signed in 2003. The Russian influence was therefore degraded in this Caucasian republic with the exclusion of Russia from the BTC.

However, on the military side, Russia still has the Darial radar station at Qabala, and some other military bases. In addition, Russia maintains 900 soldiers there.



Under Eduard Shevardnadze, Georgia accuses Moscow of supporting separatist authorities in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. For its part, Russia has long criticized Georgia for being lax to the Chechen rebels entrenched on the Georgian side of the Caucasus. 

Increasing support from the Russian Federation to two breakaway regions in Georgia, without, however, officially recognizing their independence (closer economic ties, sending peacekeeping forces, reinforced by the end of April 2008, generous distribution, etc.), fuel Russian-Georgian tensions. Georgia has threatened, inter alia, to block the entry of the latter into the WTO. Russia claims to want to avoid armed conflict and protect its citizens.

The Russo-Georgian confrontation turned into direct military clashes, following the intervention of the Georgian army in South Ossetia on the night of August 7 to 8, 2008. By sending its armed forces, Russia claimed wanting restoring peace and protecting its citizens (over 70% of South Ossetians with a passport from the Russian Federation) while Tbilisi wanted to return to South Ossetian territory at any cost.

On 29 August 2008, Georgia broke off diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation.



Since the break-up of the USSR in 1991, Russian-Ukrainian relations have deteriorated significantly as a result of the Orange Revolution in 2004 and the gas crises of 2006 and 2008. Moscow, however, tries to reconnect with more friendly relations. with Ukraine, economically, politically and socially.

The Jan. 7, 2010 election of Viktor Yanukovych as head of the Ukrainian state, considered pro-Russian, has contributed to the warming of bilateral relations.

On 21 April 2010, the new Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych signed with his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, a treaty on the one hand on the extension for twenty-five years of the lease of the Russian Black Sea Fleet based in Sevastopol in Crimea, and on the other hand on the decrease in the price of Russian gas delivered to Ukraine.

Viktor Yanukovych also rallied to the Russian position regarding the Holodomor, the great Ukrainian famine of the 1930s. Unlike his predecessor Viktor Yushchenko, the new president refused to consider the Holodomor as genocide.



In 1954, Nikita Khrushchev offers Crimea to the Ukrainian SSR. With the collapse of the USSR, it became difficult for many of its Russian-speaking or Russian-speaking population to accept Crimea as an integral part of independent Ukraine. This situation causes many tensions between Russia and Ukraine, exacerbated by the presence of the Black Sea Fleet on the peninsula. Tensions intensify when Simferopol, the capital of Crimea, proclaims its own laws as early as 1992.

In 1997, tensions decreased when a treaty was concluded between Kiev and Moscow. According to this treaty, Russia recognizes the bilateral clauses of the Treaty "Peace and Friendship" confirming the membership of Sevastopol to Ukraine.

However, it is the command of the Sevastopol naval base and the Russian organizations that control the city, dominating trade and cultural life. Indeed, the transfer of Sevastopol to Ukraine has never really been accepted by Russian society, considering the transfer as "temporary". Russia continues to sponsor the pro-Russian social fabric, as well as education and cultural activities. These activities indicate a certain independence of Sevastopol vis-à-vis the rest of Ukraine, the Ukrainian authorities controlling only "formal" activities such as taxes and police.


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