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For those already in Russia, there are considerably more possibilities. "Native speaker" types of services are in great demand, even more than that of certified teachers in Russia. A wide variety of companies and institutions such those mentioned above, the English Department at Moscow State University, and others actively hire part-time native speakers to run conversational English classes.  These jobs are easy, but the payments for them are from 10 to 17 dollars per hour.  However, the hours are often minimal and irregular, making it difficult to depend on them for a livelihood. Moreover, they are to ask for unpaid travel time sum. Little wonder, then, that western students living on a budget often fill these jobs: students who require only a source to subsidize their food or spending money.

There is a major pitfall to avoid when teaching for companies: certain schools in Russia are known for unscrupulous business practices, such as late or non-payment of teachers.  On the advice of some of our past students and acquaintances that have worked for such companies, we advise against working for: 1) Harvard English; 2) American Language Center; 3) New York Language Center; 4) ELC Time.  Update (5/16/06): In a sign of growing maturity in the Russian language market, Harvard English, American Language Center, and New York Language Center have since gone out of business.  Needless to say, none of these organizations ever bore any affiliation with the other organizations of the same or similar names located outside of Russia. SRAS will update this article with any additional information that may arise.  

"Safe" companies include those with more international reach (companies with classrooms in other countries besides Russia).  Those having international membership, International House for example, may be regulated according to international standards.  Companies we can recommend working for include: 1) English First (send an email to
recruitment@englishfirst.com for more info); and BKC International (email at recruit@bkc.ru).  Contracted work in Russia is offered by these 2 companies with middle class salary according to Russia standards in addition to such perks as visa support, travel reimbursement, and discounted Russian lessons.

Private lessons are among most profitable and favorable for foreign teachers. Native speakers who take out ads in newspapers such as iz ruk v ruke (ads must be placed in Russian) or who find companies offering a position to teach employees can easily command $15-20 per hour and even upwards of $40-60 per hour if they are teaching a private group of employees.  It’s possible to check advertisements at
http:// www.expat.ru, an online message-boards community for those English speaking people that live in Moscow.

Some experts, for example, earn money just out of private lessons, mostly to children of reach Russian people.  The living he makes is, he says, very comfortable and, as an added perk (or perhaps curse), he has become something of expert on pop-culture icons such as Britany Spears from his daily conversations with Russian youths.  
Private teaching is very good for foreign teachers, but, its unpredictable enterprise when students can disappear in any moment so does the money. 

Also, arrangements must often be made in Russian, meaning that a grasp of the language (or pre-made contacts in Russia, are more necessary to attaining such employment).

In general, westerners will find the education industry in Russia open and inviting and even occasionally well-paid.