Hi all, I’m Max.
I was born and lived whole my life (36) in Moscow. IT manager by background, I work in a medium-size private company as vp business development. I’m pretty much doing company and product strategy and maintaining key accounts with our railroad customers. In pre-covid times I used to travel a lot, literally every second week, and I love the freedom and diversity that travel gives to me.
My wife Jane (38) is a surf addict, working in a surf school (don’t laugh) here in Moscow. She teaches at CityWave (pool with pumps and other mechanical stuff to build a wave), at some skating and fitness programmes, and does some administrative work like planning of surf camps, building websites, coding whatsapp bots etc. Besides that we own a 44’ boat equipped with ballast tanks and wave shaper to have fun and to recover some ownership costs by renting it out - it delivers the largest lake wave here in the area!
We got two teenage kids - daughter Alexandra (14, master of rhythmic gymnastics) and son Vladimir (11, enjoys videogames ).
Some while ago we were thinking of our future, and for both me and my wife the definition of happiness included the financial freedom and freedom of movement. Literally that’s about “not working for money” and “to be able to live in a place we like at every time point of our lives”. Okay, we’re young and have time to arrange it all!
Now we’re in the middle of Portugal GV process (€500K investment made in aparthotel under construction in Lisbon, fixed return contract signed with service company for 6 years, SEF application submitted in December 2020, waiting for biometrics appointment). The ultimate goal is to get the citizenship for all four of us to ensure the possibility to move to any EU country in any moment and use all visa-free options for travels over the world.
At the same time I decided to make some investment in Serbian agricultural land. This process requires the opening of a company, and being the owner and managing director of that company gives you (and your family) the right for temporary residence permit (extended every year), then for permanent residence permit (after 5 years) and right away citizenship (no need to cancel existing ones). That’s really just for investment, but if the law allows to get the residency/citizenship without any requirements to be present in the country and the process costs almost nothing - why not. In addition, I really like Serbia, it’s a great place to be on retirement.
Anyway, I’m glad to be here and hope to get lots of useful information as well as share our relevant experience.