Moscow Open 2009

The new debating season has begun and hopefully you are already planning to participate in many interesting tournaments. Following from the members of the group on Facebook bearing the same name as this post, I can see that not everyone in our society is familiar with the proposition to visit Moscow in the end of November (28-29). Briefly – no reg fee, huge city, controversial country, and somewhat lower quality debating than Oxbridge ;-). Find out more at

Two more notes. First, SSE Riga has participated in this tournament on multiple occasions and done very well – see Results page for autumn 2004 and 2006. I bet that the finalist in 2004 can tell you pretty interesting stuff about that trip. Second, travel to Moscow is easy. From Riga there are in principle 3 options (bus, train, plane) out of which one sucks (bus). If I remember correctly (and not much has changed) then there should be 2 flights a day (one in the morning, one in the evening) and now only 1 train per day (at 18:10, daily). Visa costs approximately LVL 30 and can be done in any travel agency.

If you would like to find out more about Moscow Open or travel-related stuff, don’t hesitate to e-mail or contact me in any other way. I would join you if you decide to go (unless you convince me that this is a bad idea)…


PS. In 2006 we visited a bar called Zolotaya Vobla in Moscow and witnessed a bunch of guys drinking happily, then throwing beer glasses at each other, then drinking friendlily again 🙂


1 thought on “Moscow Open 2009

  1. Having been one of the 2006 trip participants, I would definitely recommend going to Moscow – we certainly had lots of fun there. Besides the obvious delights of Moscow, you’re going to see MGIMO – the place which I remember as having the largest concentration of designer bags and one the worst toilets I’ve seen.

    I would also suggest you take at least a day in addition to the competition to explore the city and its cultural scene, which is incredible.


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