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Well Trish and I are firmly back on terra Blighty after our lovely trip on the easyJet inaugural flight earlier this week.

We both really enjoyed our stay in the Russian capital which is now more affordable than ever thanks to the budget airline flying there from less than £50 one way, while you can bag a two-night city break in a three-star including flights for less than £200 with sister company easyJet Holidays.

If you’re looking to save even more while there, head straight to meet our new best Russian pal Airat Bagautdinov, owner of Moscow Free Tours.

Airat, pictured above between the two of us, offers free two-hour tours around Moscow’s key sights such as Red Square and Gum department store, and his team only work for tips. Like the tour and want to know more? They will up-sell you affordable tours to the Metro, Communist-era sites or the Kremlin that start at a budget-friendly €24.

Airat is just 24 and a real smart cookie. He gave up a masters degree in human rights to move into tourism when he travelled around Europe and saw similar tour ideas in other cities and realised there was nothing in Moscow to match.

The tours are full of banter in perfect English and delivered with an infectious enthusiasm that really piques your interest – nothing like the usual dour Russian customer service.

We predict the boy will go far in this business. We’ve met enough people along the way to know how to spot the ones that will shine – and Airat certainly falls into that category.

Look out tomorrow for The Times and in The Sun on Sunday for our destination features on Moscow.

If you want to know more about Airat’s company, click here or if you want to bag a bargain break to Moscow, EasyJet Holidays is the place to go.

James