A week in and I've settled well, thankfully avoiding a lot of the bureaucratic hassle you can get as a foreigner in Russia, and starting my new job tomorrow. Here's a quick guide to my neighbours:
1) The Ethiopian embassy. It's next door and it has guards, which makes the area very safe. Back in the day when Ethiopia was ruled by some particularly brutal Marxist nutcases (the Derg), they were of course very close to their Soviet brothers, so it's probable the embassy dates from then.