Carol Cornuau, business director of Conde Nast International’s
Russian subsidiary, which publishes the Russian edition of Vogue and men’s
magazine Mvogue, lived and worked in Moscow for three years.
’I was in Moscow during the boom years, before the 1998 crisis. It was an
incredible time to live there and, despite the bad press Russia gets in
the West, it’s definitely a country worth visiting, whether for business
’Working in Moscow is very interesting and stimulating. The nature of the
market teaches you to face and react quickly to unusual business
’Such a difficult business environment brings foreigners together to share
their experiences. There are almost no barriers within the expatriate
community as everyone faces the same problems. As a woman, I did not feel
any pressure or discrimination.
’Working with Russians is very enriching, as they are generous, determined
and eager to learn.
’Hours are long and it is quite common to be at work until around 10pm.
However, social life is a crucial part of living in Moscow - there is
rarely an evening when you stay at home. The city offers an incredible
range of restaurants, bars and clubs that rivals other capitals such as
Paris and London.
’Speaking Russian isn’t mandatory but it gives you an insight into the
society and wins you respect in business and friendships.’