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Life in Moscow

'As paradoxical as it may seem given the city’s titanic size, Moscow is, in many ways, a hidden gem. The city doesn’t figure into the travel, professional or academic plans of most Americans, who stick to more popular destinations such as London, Paris and Rome. What they don’t realize is that Moscow is one of the world’s most important centers of economic and intellectual activity–a city where ancient, modern and future converge to provide foreigners with a dynamic mosaic of experiences that would be all but impossible to obtain in any other city. One of Russia’s most progressive and well-endowed universities, the Higher School of Economics is the perfect place to get access to everything that Moscow has to offer.'

Nile Miller, intern at HSE Faculty of Economic Sciences from University of Texas at Austin

Things to Do in Moscow:

Whether you are in Moscow for just a couple of days, a semester, or even a year, a guided tour is a great way to get to know some of the city’s most popular attractions, as well as allowing you to explore some unique and more hidden places of interest.
January 17
There’s no shortage of frost and snow this winter in Moscow, so it’s high time to try some traditional Russian entertainment, sledding down the snow slopes. We’ve selected several slopes that offer not only equipped slopes and tube rental, but also beautiful views of historic buildings and parks.
December 21, 2018
A great way to get into the Christmas spirit in Moscow is to walk around the decorated streets and parks. But when it’s cold outside, visiting a museum is a warmer alternative that can also bring new knowledge and impressions. This year, the Moscow Decorative Art Museum has prepared several exhibitions featuring toys and other curiosities.
December 19, 2018
The column 'Discovering HSE and Russia' in the December issue of The HSE Look by Tadamasa Sawada explores the questions of authenticity and cultural exchange using the example of Japanese restaurants in Moscow, and invites the readers to reframe their experience.
December 13, 2018
The Worker and Kolkhoz Woman Pavilion at VDNH is hosting an exhibition entitled ‘The Appearance of the Hero. In Search of Mikhail Bulgakov,’ prepared jointly by VDNH and the Bulgakov Museum.
December 10, 2018
From October 17 – 21, Moscow hosts the shnit Worldwide Short film festival. This year’s topic is ‘Going Wild’.
October 15, 2018
Circle of Light is the main tourist attraction of the Moscow autumn. This international festival is an annual event where lighting designers from various countries reinvent the architectural spaces of Moscow with video mapping. Russia’s symbolic buildings, including the Bolshoi Theatre, transform into canvases for large colorful video projections. The festival is taking place from September 21 – 25.
September 21, 2018
This large-scale historical documentary project at the Museum of Contemporary History of Russia is about the events that unfolded in the country from 1917 to 1922, and about the three main movements of the Civil War - the ‘Reds’, the ‘Whites’ and the ‘Green Movement’ of peasant rebels.
August 08, 2018
In his column in HSE Look, Victor Attila Albert, Assistant Professor at Public Policy Department, Faculty of Social Sciences, talks about exploring Russian cities. 
July 04, 2018