Today, Vedomosti published a list, obtained from the Russian Department of Labor, of foreigners working in Moscow and grossing over 1 million rubles ($32,000) a month. (This follows new mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordering the publication of which “specialists” had been invited to work in Moscow for 2011.)
Obviously, this list is full of loaded expat journalists and oil executives. One interesting entry: a general director for Walmart Ru, who would gross 1,083,333 rubles a month. Walmart has long been mulling an entry into the Russian market. And mulling and mulling. Perhaps a sign of what’s to come next year?
More importantly, however, the list gives the company, position, and estimated monthly salary of the incoming expat. This list also provides valuable information to another group of specialists who have come to Moscow seeking success: ladies. Names may not be listed, but given that happiness, a foreign passport, and a lifetime supply of Bergdorf are at stake, I’m sure this poses no real hurdle.
Let the games begin.