Foreign currency accounts offered including Dollars, Euro, Sterling. No charge for transferring funds between accounts when using internet banking services. Full internet banking service available.
Get an introduction from a colleague who knows someone within the bank before trying to go in & open and account.
Expect to spend 2 - 3 hours setting the account up.
Joint accounts require power of attorney, legal translations of the paperwork (you are expected to sign a document in russian to say you understand russian!)
Make sure you receive your salary nett of taxes.
Get your relocation allowance upfront (you'll be amazed how much you spend in the first two weeks) or you will incur overdraft charges on your home account.
This is still a mainly cash society, so expect to spend a lot of time at cashpoints!
Employer handles personal tax issues.