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Last update: January 25, 2002

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Uncle Pasha's

  

SUPPORT AND FACILITATION SERVICES

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PRICES, PRICE POLICIES, AND PAYMENT TERMS

(for accommodation and other services)

My fee structure is largely determined by the fact that I have six humans and three large animals to feed and a house to build. Welcome to the New Middle Ages, where the market is not the main factor. Normally there will be no discounts. If you are on a limited budget however, and if your cause invokes my sympathy, I will look for a way to get you what you need at the cost you can bear. 

Accommodation is from $25 for basic floor space in our home-office a few stept from the Kremlin to $55 for our entire apartment if available, with discounts if you rent it for a week or longer. Something bigger and better equipped can be rented from our acquaintances for $60-90 per night. For more details see the Accommodation in Moscow section.

I prefer charging you for big things while doing/availing the little ones at no cost. For example, if you rent our place, Internet access or bike rental are included. If you hire me for $30/hour, I will not bother charging you for gas or on-line time or long-distance calls.

My time is effective but expensive.   I am available for $20-50/hour, depending on the nature of the assignment. Hire me if you need a lot of services at the same time. For example, if you are coming to Moscow for two days, need appointments arranged before your arrival, letters translated, a car and a driver and a secretary and all-around support, hiring me for $250-300/day may make good business sense. Not so expensive, actually, given that the cheapest interpreter would cost you $15, and a driver would want around $10 per hour. Consider that the cost of my undivided attention, a place to sleep on my couch with unlimited access to the refrigerator, the use of the car, hourses, the bike and anything else that may add flavour to your trip is comparable to just one suite in a good hotel!

HH01580A.gif (1311 bytes)From our mailbox -

Your prices are an outrage! For a day of your work you want as much as very few Russians make in a month! I called my buddy at the Xxxx* Embassy in Moscow and he confirmed that the average monthly wage in Russia is $40 per month!

My comment -

What did I do wrong to be compared to an average Russian factory worker and not, for example, to that friend of yours in the embassy?

________

* I don't want to identify the country. I have friends and colleagues in there and don't want the name of this country to be mentioned in this context - pv

If you need just a guide to show you around, I'd recommend Olesya, who will cost you $10/hour or $50 for the entire day. I have a list of translators, interpreters and guides, and will send it to you on request.

Payment can be made by cash in Moscow. Advance payments can be made by cheque or direct bank transfer. The official Russian "beznal" - the official "white" money -  is entirely OK too. We'll soon be able to take Visa and MC.

At least a partial pre-payment is expected of new clients. Once a business relationship in established, invoices are issued at the end of the project or at the end of the month and are due one month after posting.


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paulv@aha.ru              frog_logo.gif (1052 bytes)         January 25, 2002 update

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