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Yekaterinburg, Russia
Are preschools available? Day care? Are these expensive? What has been your experience with them, if any? Do the schools provide before- and/or after-school care?
Yes, but to my knowledge only one FSO in the 13-year history of the consulate has ventured to Yekaterinburg with pre-school aged children.
What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?
Yekaterinburg has been experiencing a housing boom with a large number of attractive apartment buildings being constructed downtown in recent years.

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