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Tanay Mondial 2020 Boots on the Ground Update

Payments, COVID-19 precautions and testing, Internet and phone service, and drop zone life in Russia - this discussion covers a few things and lessons learned about everyday life and operations in Russia (Moscow, Moscow region, Ryazanskaya oblast).  Use this guide to get all your stuff worked out before you fly from home so that things are as smooth as possible.

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