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Overseas Health Insurance News: English-language radio comes to Moscow

Expatriates in Russia are to benefit from a new English-language radio station which offers local information and plays familiar Western music.

Moscow FM was launched on Monday and is aimed at making Moscow more accessible from those coming from abroad, which includes businesspeople living and working in the city.

The station estimates that around 150,000 people from overseas work in Russia permanently with the majority of them being British, American and German, reports the Moscow Times.

Moscow FM is being broadcast on 105.2 FM and has been formulated to work on a ration of 80 per cent music and 20 per cent talking.

As well as the news and information that it will provide, many expats will find that the familiar rock and pop music on-offer, ranging from 70s hits to contemporary songs, will fill a hole that some people feel when they move abroad.

The radio station intends to supplement its offerings with a good website, which is something quite rare in the medium of English in Moscow.

Maya Lomidze, acting director of the Association of Russian Tour Operators, said: "Many foreigners are interested in information in Moscow, but that's fairly difficult to get because English versions of websites are rare."

It is thought that Russians wanting to learn or improve their English are also likely to listen to the station.

Pete Cato is an American who has been given a presenting job on the new station and took to the air on its first day of broadcasting.

He said: "Especially given the new law, we can't talk about drugs and alcohol, you know, stuff like that. We can say, 'I went out and got drunk last night,' but you can't say, 'I went out last night and had nine glasses of rum.'"

"Other than that, there's no censorship."

Songs featured on air so far have included 'Waiting for the Hurricane' by Chris de Burgh, Brainstorm's 'A Day Before Tomorrow' and 'Trespassing,' sung by American Idol runner-up, Adam Lambert.

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