The telephone situation is rapidly improving as the Moscow Telephone Company (MTGS) works with Western telephone companies to improve service and as more firms enter the market to supply telephones and telephone services. In addition to the MTGS, there are a number of new foreign telephone companies. Prices tend to vary among them. Count on $400-$500 for installation charges and $1,5-2/ minute for long-distance calls to Europe or America. Given the price discrimination against calls to North America, these private services are not that expensive. Try Astelit, Direct-Net, Infocom Ltd. or Sovintel in TELECOMMUNICATIONS FIRMS.