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Community and Religious Organizations
Most embassies have their own group and you can usually find the contact information by calling the embassy (try the cultural attache or office that deals with citizens of that country). Check the Expat Community Calendar for upcoming meetings.

African Women in Moscow
African Women in Moscow is a social group that promotes friendly and informal relations among its members through regular gatherings. During these meetings, they celebrate African culture while attempting to facilitate members' understanding of their host country. Membership is open to all African women and the female spouses of citizens of African countries. The group speaks both French and English.
Alcoholics Anonymous Fellowship
Alcoholics Anonymous Fellowship are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution; does not engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions. Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. English-language Al-Anon weekly support group meets on Monday-Friday at 19:30, Saturdays at 17:00 and Sundays at 18:00 at St. Andrew's Church. All welcome.
Address: Voznesensky per., 8/5
Metro: Okhotny Ryad
Tel: +7 (495) 629-9889
American Public Speaking Club
The AMC Public Speaking Club hosted by American Center in Moscow, is a place where people learn to communicate effectively in a public setting. Participants acquire an expertise in the art of oratory and debate, get a great boost of creativity and discover innate leadership within themselves. The activities of the club are as diverse as its members. Besides its original educational system, the club provides many other activities ranging from "Debates" to various walking tours arranged by club members.
Address: Nikoloyamskaya ul., 1, American Center, Library for Foreign Literature
Metro: Kitai-Gorod
Tel: +7 (495) 926-4554
American Women's Organization of Moscow
Part of the world-wide network of American Women's Clubs, the organization sponsors a number of events throughout the year. Approximately 90 members: 95% US citizens or spouses of US citizens; 5% other; Honorary memberships are given to the wives of the ambassadors from the United States of America, Canada and Mexico. Apart from rather official General Meetings, Craft Bazaars and Holiday Parties at the US Ambassador's Residence in December, the Organization holds several local Workshops (Culture, Sewing, Travel, Book etc.) and number of Charity activities.
Australian and New Zealand Women's Group
Rather small group, that is glad to welcome all newcomers – Australian and New Zealand female citizens and also spouses of the Australians and New Zealanders. There is a morning tea meeting once a month. For more information, contact the Community Liaison Officer at the Australian Embassy. You may also get information at the New Zealand Embassy.
Address: Podkolokolny per., 10a/2, Australian Embassy
Metro: Kitai-Gorod
Tel: +7 (495) 956-6070
Address: Povarskaya ul., 44, New Zealand Embassy
Metro: Barrikadnaya
Tel: +7 (495) 956-3579
Australian Consular Emergency Centre in Moscow
All Australians traveling overseas are encouraged to register on site or by phone. The information you provide will help us find you in an emergency, whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or family emergency.
Tel: +7 (495) 232-3253
Auski: Australians and New Zealanders living in Russia
Auski is a social group for Australians and New Zealanders living and working in Russia, in particular, Moscow. The group meets at least once a month to eat good food and have a laugh. By joining the Auski email list, you will be informed of any Australian/New Zealand events taking place in Moscow. For more information please e-mail Auski or join the Facebook group.
British Business Club
The British Business Club is a business networking and social club providing a platform for British, associated Russian and other ex-pat business people to meet at monthly meetings and other events. We are a non-profit making organisation and our aim is to raise money for our chosen charity. We are pleased to welcome new members.
British Women's Club of Moscow
BWC, a non-profit social club for women, meets monthly over a cup of coffee and have an organized program of activities for members and their families. Meetings are informal and there is plenty of time to chat and even to shop. Different artisans are invited each month to sell their wares during the meeting. The Coffee mornings are held on the second Tuesday of every month at Le Pain Quotidien, Kamergerskiy Pereulok 6/5. From 10am to 12pm. If one would like to attend, contact the Club in advance (by the previous Thursday) at as the security guards on the gate can only admit people on the Club’s list. Membership is open to British passport holders and partners of British passport holders. Presently there are about 200 members.
Canadian Woman in Moscow
Any Canadian passport holder can join Canadian Women in Moscow (CWIM) to meet others Canadians. As a rule, group's meeting takes place one a month. It's informal relax coffee hour. If you want to join CWIM, you should register in advance at the Canadian Embassy in Moscow.
Address: Starokonyushenny per., 23
Metro: Kropotkinskaya
Tel: +7 (495) 925-6000
Fax: +7 (495) 925-6025
Club Hikers
"Hikers" is an active and friendly hiking club; it is a non-profit organization and open for everyone to join. Hikes take place every Sunday all-year-round in forests of Moscow region. Everyone can ,who can do the hike, can join the club. The difficulty of the hikes are not rated, because all the hikes are alike: the distance varies from 15 to 25 km. The common languages for our hikers are Russian and English, also other European languages are spoken. The average number of hikers is around 5 to 50 hikers. Some hikes include special activities, such as swimming or sightseeing. The usual time of our coming back to Moscow is from 6pm to 8pm Hikers are lead by our Leaders. You can always find contact information of the leader along with information about the next hike on the home page.
Consortium of Women’s Non-Governmental Associations
The Consortium is a part of the International Network of the NIS-US Women’s Consortium. The Network unites over 200 women’s organizations, including 30 organizations in the USA, over 100 in Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine, and 160 organizations in Russia. Priority directions in MCGS activity are the following: conducting women's and gender studies and integrating gender theory into social sciences and the humanities, designing educational and training programs, analyzing gender issues in social policy and legislation, cooperating with state authority bodies to promote a dialogue between governmental structures and women's non-governmental organizations pertaining to the position of women in Russian society and gender equality in Russia, integrating MCGS into national and international programs on women's rights. The Consortium holds regular conferences, seminars, trainings and has developed the system of educating and training women’s organizations in developing leadership skills, promoting and advocating women’s interests, and creating coalitions. The Consortium’s Internet site: contains information on the coalition, member organizations, official documents and laws that are important for women, and about major events in the women’s movement.
Address: Stolovy per., 6, str. 2, office 215
Tel: +7 (495) 690-4708
Fax: +7 (495) 203-0807
Democrats Abroad Russia
Democrats Abroad Russia is open to all Americans of voting age, as well as non-American "associate" members. There are no membership dues, and you are not required to be a registered Democrat or even have a past voting record in order to become a member. We meet every third Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm at Liga Pap restaurant at Bolshaya Lubyanka ul., 24 (M. Chistyie Prudy) for political conversation and debate, guest speakers, and networking. New members are welcome! For information about meeting locations, special events and voter registration, contact Chairperson Andrew Hardisty.
Dutch Women's Group
The group is open for all Dutch-speaking women. Once a month they have a coffee hour, gently passing into a lunch. The group also holds some social events, approximately, once in two-three months. Schedule of meetings and events is available at the Embassy of the Netherlands.
Address: Kalashny per., 6
Metro: Arbatskaya
Tel: +7 (495) 797-2900
English Language Evenings Moscow (ELE Moscow)
English Language Evenings is an open, independent, public English-language lecture forum in Moscow started in 1998 and now having hosted 200+ meetings of 170+ individual speakers from various countries. Meeting usually twice a month from September to May, ELE hosts (mostly) native English speakers, usually prominent and/or interesting individuals from Moscow's greater English-language and/or foreign-resident community, giving lectures on topics of their own choosing. Among the purposes of ELE is to provide of an intelligent-intellectual evening in Moscow in English, and the promotion of more personal interaction between the various speakers and Russians in Moscow. All visitors, Russians and "expats" are welcome! Lectures are held in the Chekhov Library/Cultural Center. Only 100 rubles. To be on the emailing list and to automatically be notified of upcoming ELE meetings, simply send an e-mail.
Address: Strastnoi bulv., 6
Metro: Chekhovskaya
International Women's Club of Moscow
The largest group in Moscow is the International Women's Club, which has an office staffed by members. The purpose of the Club is to promote friendship, and cultural activities among women of all nationalities residing in Moscow. Aside from the opportunity to socialize with women from many countries at the newcomers' teas and monthly meetings, the club offers the chance to get involved in a number of charitable programs. The IWC Charities Group holds several Charities General Meetings throughout the year. The largest events of the year are the first General Meeting of the Club and the Winter-Bazaar. The new season of the International Women's Club (IWC) starts in September. IWC Coffee Mornings are organized twice a month, usually on the first Saturday and second Tuesday of each month, and always take place between 10 and 12 in the basement of Le Pan Quotidien, Arbat, 32.
Latin American Women Association
Latin Women's Club in Moscow is a non-profit organization that promotes friendship between Spanish speaking women living in Moscow, developing social & cultural events that allow the integration of its members to the city and culture. Our commitment to the local reality is to play an active role in charity activities. Currently we have more than 80 members from over 20 countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Russia , Serbia, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Moscow Adventure Club
Member-driven social club whose purpose is to organize and participate in a variety of adventurous, unique, and/or otherwise interesting activities of all kinds in and around Moscow. Membership is free and open to all, and members are encouraged to plan and post events for the club. Events can range from mild (movies, outdoor theater, etc.) to wild (skydiving, river rafting, cave exploring, etc.)... whatever you want to do! Plan an event, and you'll have a whole club full of people to join in! To become a member - send an email.
Moscow Center for Gender Studies
The Center is affiliated with the Institute for Socio-Economic Population Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It has a distinguished roster of women scholar associates, and has published numerous articles and books. (An anthology of essays by scholars associated with MCGS has been published in English, titled Women in Russia. Contact the Center for a complete list of its publications.) Besides sponsoring research, MCGS organizes conferences, seminars and training programs aimed at "integrating women into political activities and market economies." It is also developing programs in women's studies for introduction into university and high school curricula. In cooperation with the Network of East-West Women, MCGS is developing an electronic network to link women's NGOs and to address law and public policy issues concerning women. MCGS provides access to libraries, archives, and information institutions in the field of gender studies.
Address: Nakhimovsky prosp., 32, Institute for Social and Economic Studies of the Population, RAS
Tel: +7 (499) 129-0801
Moscow Free Speakers
Moscow Free Speakers can offer you to improve public speaking and leadership skills. This process goes step by step. Before achieving the Advanced Toastmaster degree a participant has to learn how to construct his/her speech, use body language, vocal variety and so on. Being a branch of Toastmasters International, the Moscow Free Speakers Club offers a wide range of public speaking opportunities to everybody irrespective of race, sex, nationality and religion. The club meets every first and third Thu. at 7.15 p.m. at the Moscow State University of Mining.
Address: Leninsky prosp., 6
Metro: Leninsky Prospekt
Moscow International Choir
The Moscow International Choir brings together amateur and professional singers from Russia, Sweden, The Netherlands, England, France, Wales, America, Cameroon, Iceland, and many other places around the world. The conductor is Sergei Sidorenko, a Moscow Conservatory graduate specializing in choir direction. MIC concerts are performed to raise awareness and funds for charitable causes. All funds raised beyond costs of our concerts are donated to the charity chosen by the choir. There are no auditions to join and the working language of the choir is English. All singing residents of Moscow are welcome to join! To become a member - send an email.
Moscow International Club
Looking to ride in Moscow Russia? New to town? Look no further, Moscow International Club is a small informal club of road enthusiasts. We use road racing bikes. Moscow International Club is happy to take on new riders, who want to be members or just to drop in. Moscow International Club does expect some level of road riding proficiency. If you are a "leisure cyclist", there might be some members or member spouses that can accomodate you. Moscow International Club can also suggest places and routes for leisure cycling. Start times vary as the sunrise in Moscow changes a lot. Moscow International Club members ride from late March to early December. During winter they have a trainer that gives them access to the velodrome for indoor cycling. We are riding at the velodrome (indoors) on Sundays as well. If you have a road bike for fast laps or if you have a track bike to use one of the world's fastest tracks please contact us.
Moscow Mommy Milk Meetup Group
The Moscow Mommy Milk Meetup is a place for breastfeeding moms to gather for friendship and support. The group's language is English, and it welcomes moms from all over the world to join the international group. Pregnant? A perfect place to make connections with other moms.
Play Audition in English
We need enthusiastic people with great personalities to animate our characters. Dancing, singing or playing an instrument are welcome. You do not have to be a drama professional in order to be cast in the production. Rehearsals on Sundays at noon.
Metro: Akademicheskaya
Tel: 8 916 7462449
Rotary Club Moscow International
Rotary Club Moscow International is one of more than 30.000 clubs in the world that offers our members fellowship and a special way to serve the community in which we are living. The world's Rotary clubs meet weekly and are non-political, non-religious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is "Service Above Self". Meetings take place on Wednesdays, 7pm every Wednesday and 8:15 am every first Wednesday of the month at the Katerina-City Hotel.
Address: Shlyuzovaya nab., 6/1
Metro: Paveletskaya.
Russian-Indian Heritage Academy
Russian-Indian Heritage Academy invites all to attend various courses, weekend seminars and practical individual yoga and meditation sessions for combating physchosomatic problems related to stress, hypertension,
diabetes and asthma. Please contact us at
Sahaja Yoga Meditation
Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation to combat stress, tension, anxiety and depression. Join in every Wednesday or Sunday and feel completely relaxed in a home atmosphere. On our site you can find a nearest center of Sahaja Yoga. The lessons for English speaking people are held on Wednesday and Sunday.
Tel: 8 (903) 764-5149, +7 (495) 229-1839
The Expat Football League
The Expat Football League is looking for new players and team managers for its over 28s league. 11-a-side games every weekend, all year round (indoors in winter and outdoors in summer). Great fun.
Turkish Women's Organization
Founded about 10 year ago, the Moscow Turkish Women’s Organization has one general meeting per month (every first Tuesday), and also a number of activities; among them – Turkish holiday celebrations, Turkish Ball and Turkish Bazaar. Detailed information is available at the Turkish Embassy.
Address: 7th Rostovsky per., 12
Metro: Kievskaya
Tel: +7 (495) 246-0009

International Christian Assembly
International Christian Assembly (ICA) is a Christian Church in the Pentecostal, Charismatic tradition, established in 1995. This ministry was founded by, & is directly accountable to the Assembly of God World Missions (AGWM) of the General Council of the Assemblies of God. Multilingual worship services each Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (English with translation into French, Russian, and other languages). Sunday School (English and Russian). Nursery for tiny tots.
International Jewish Community of Moscow
Under the leadership of Rabbi Yaakov and Rivka Klein, the 'expat' Jewish community serves the needs of expatriate Jews, from many backgrounds, including representatives of the international media, businessmen, educators, diplomats and their families. Sunday Hebrew School (SHS), classes and lessons for both children and adults, bar and Bat Mitzvah lessons, activities and programs for the Jewish holidays, Shabbat Services, Shabbat meals, Jewish Women's Circle, holiday services and meals.
Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy
MPC is an interdenominational, international, English-speaking Christian congregation that has ministered to foreign communities in Moscow since 1962. MPC worships through Scripture based teachings and services to the less fortunate. We invite you to be part of this diverse body of worshippers. Worship services are held every Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew's Church. Sunday school, nursery, education programs.
Moscow Seventh-day Adventist Church
The Moscow Seventh Day Adventist Church is part of a world-wide organization with more than 15 million members in countries around the world. Adventists believe a Trinity of three persons--the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit--make up one God. They made salvation possible when Jesus, the Son, came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem and lived a sinless life in accordance with the Father's will. As a Christian church, Seventh-day Adventists are a faith community rooted in the beliefs described by the Holy Scriptures. Bible study groups meet at 10:30 a.m. each Saturday, including classes for adults, youth and children in English and Russian. A translated worship service follows at 11:30 a.m. This multi-national congregation welcomes worshippers from around the world.
St. Andrew's Anglican Church
St. Andrew's Church in Moscow is a community of Christians who seek to nurture the development of our faith through an Anglican form of worship, providing regular services which communicate the Gospel of Christ; apply our Christian beliefs to our daily lives; develop a community to support each other while living in Moscow; encourage ecumenical initiatives and activities; serve the community. Regular services in English. Adult and children's study groups, church choir, concerts.
St. Louise Catholic Church
St Louis has been serving the Catholic community in Moscow for over two centuries. We hold services in English, French, Russian, Latin, Polish, and Vietnamese. Due to historical seizures of Catholic church property during Soviet times, and the refusal of the present authorities to return confiscated property, St Louis shares its premises with the Russian-Polish church of St Peter and Paul. The service times, therefore, reflect the busy schedule of two parishes working from one small church.
St. Mary Cathedral
Full name - Cathedral of Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Roman-Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary was the third Catholic church built in Moscow of those functioning before the revolution of 1917. A large pipe organ "Kuhn" is installed in the Cathedral. It is one of the biggest organs in Russia. Holds mass in Spanish, Russian and other languages. Regular organ concerts.
Word of Life Bible Center
Local Evangelical Christians. English services on Sat at 4 p.m., and English services with Russian translation on Sat at 7 p.m. and Sun at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. Senior Pastor Matts-Ola Ishoel. Moscow branch is one of 15 "Word of Life" centers located all around the world.
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