Russian Stolovaya – a short history

Russian stolovaya

A trip to Russia is not complete without a trip to a classic Soviet-style stolovaya. Usually translated into English as a canteen, the establishment of the Russian stolovaya is a nostalgic mark that adorns almost every street in the centre of St Petersburg and Moscow like a purified crystal from the rich furnace of Soviet history… Okay, that may be a little over the top, but when it’s virtually impossible to find a cheap meal for less than €6 in much of Western Europe, the student within me can’t help rejoicing at fair-priced food. Aside from its reasonable prices, the stolovaya has become an important part of everyday life; Russian people descend on these public canteens throughout the day to buy a cheap, pic ‘n’ mix style meal and take a break from the working day. The ...


5 Places To See When Visiting Moscow


This year I spent nearly 10 weeks in Moscow and was able to see a variety of sights. With this blog post, I want to help you save time during your stay and gather together the most important places to see when visiting this amazing city. The Red Square The Red Square is one of the oldest and most famous places in the world. In 1990 he was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located in the center of the historic Moscow Old Town and lies in front of the eastern walls of the Kremlin. It is also located in the heart of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Lenin Mausoleum and the architecturally impressive GUM department store. It’s name has nothing to do with the color of the walls around, but with the fact that the adjective “красный” (krasny) originally means “red&# ...


Здравствуйте from Bianca, the new intern from Italy!

bianca new intern

И так, всем привет! My name is Bianca and I’m the new intern at Liden & Denz, Saint Petersburg. Originally from Italy, my studies gave me the chance to travel and live in different parts of the world , and now led me to Russia. In Italy I’ve recently graduated in foreign languages and I currently speak four of them fluently, namely Italian, English, French and Spanish. Unfortunately Russian is not among them, which is exactly why I’ve decided to come to Saint Petersburg and master it once and for all. When, some years ago, I’d decided to learn Russian I didn’t know what I was putting myself into. Today, I couldn’t be happier with such a choice. The struggle was real (and still is indeed), but yet is nothing compared to the feeling you get when you ...


Andreas Bitzi: Doing Business in Russia

Andreas Bitzi

Andreas Bitzi is the founder of Quality Partners and the chairman of the AEB in the Northwest. In this interview, he takes us through the difficulties that foreigners can experience by doing business in Russia and, more specifically, emphasises the importance of mastering the Russian language. Furthermore, Mr Bitzi points out how the Russian economy is going to change and which struggles it will face in the upcoming years. Good morning Mr Bitzi. Could you shortly introduce yourself and tell us about your career background? After my studies of business administration, economics and political sciences, I joined Krono Group, a producer of wood panels and laminate floorings, at first in Ukraine, where I was responsible to develop the controlling department. Later I was a project manager at the ...


Winter in Moscow: 5 must-do things you wouldn’t expect

Moscow in winter

I came to Moscow for the first time in late winter, when the average temperature was -12° with snow and wind. It would have been the perfect weather to visit museums and to walk around their warm halls. Unfortunately, I am not really a fan: I prefer architecture, parks, churches, markets… all those kind of things you are supposed to see in summer! Since the Lonely Planet guide seemed focusing only on what to do with warm weather, I had to plan my own itinerary of places I could see without freezing. If you are looking for something to do in winter that doesn’t include visiting museums here are 5 tips to enjoy Moscow in the most magical time of the year. 1- Gorky Park (Парк Горького) This big park in the city centre doesn’t seem a place to see in winter, especially if you have already ...