Country in northern Eurasia, largest country in the world, covering more than 1/8 of the Earth's inhabited land area.

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Can I apply for a Russian visa from the Republic of Georgia?

I will be in the Republic of Georgia in the Caucasus in a few months and am considering a side trip to Russia; either via the Black Sea to Sochi or across the one land border that is apparently open ...
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What are the cheapest trains from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg?

I want to travel from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg, I want to take a train. Please suggest the cheapest train options, and as a secondary consideration, the fastest.
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Russian visas and short-term apartment rental in St Petersburg and Moscow

I'm attending a close friend's wedding in Russia in July. We'll be visiting St Petersburg for a few days first, then on to Moscow. We have a toddler who goes to bed early and we would much rather stay ...
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Are there red light districts in St. Petersburg or Moscow?

We are going to travel to Russia (St Petersburg and Moscow). Is there any red light district (or something like that) in these cities? Where are these places? Are they safe for tourists?
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Is it possible for a tourist to visit South Ossetia?

South Ossetia is a rebel provice of the Republic of Georgia recognized and supported by Russia as an independent state since 2008 but recognized by most countries in the world as part of the Republic ...
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Do I need a visa to visit Belarus if I have a Russian visa?

I am a U.S. citizen living in Russia with a multi-entry student visa. I noticed that on my migration card it lists the Russian Federation as well as the Republic of Belarus. Do I need to get another ...
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How do I prove “legality of stay in Cambodia” for a Russian visa application?

Say I wanted to apply for a Russian visa in Cambodia while traveling there, then I found that beyond the other documents required I also need to prove legality of my stay in Cambodia: Non-...
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I'm in Volgograd, Russia. Aside from trains, is there another way to get to Astrakhan?

I'm basically sitting beside the Volga river at present looking at the ferry terminal, and wondering if ferries or buses run instead of a train to Astrakhan - having just spent 34 hours on a train, I'...
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Is the Berlin Wall Section on the Sakharov Grounds Accessible at Night?

I am informed that the only known section of the Berlin Wall situated in Russia is on the grounds of the Andrei Sakharov Center. The centre itself is comprised of his former residence and a 'largish' ...
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Are there any ferry companies operating between Russian East ports and Japan?

I'm interested in visiting the Japan after some Russian Far East trip. I'm searching for the sea ways to the Japan. Can you help me with that? Update: I'm searching some extremal variants not from ...
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What does 'Pay for bed clothes' mean on the russian railways website?

I am booking the ticket online. There is a choice of 'Pay for bed clothes'. What does this mean? If I do not tick it, then I will get the bed clothes used by the previous guy?
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Russia roadmap with information on the surface

In Russia, some segments of major highways are of mediocre quality: Russia road M53 / Baikal Highway, near Taishet. Source: Wikimedia Russian Trans-Siberian highway near Cheremshanka, Krasnoyarsk ...
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How is the climate, the amount of tourists and events distributed through the year in Saint Petersburg, Russia?

How are the following "parameters" distributed through the year in Saint Petersburg, Russia? Climate Amount of tourists Festivals / Cultural events An answer per quarter of a year or by season ...
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Did the Wakkanai-Sakhalin ferry definitely cease operations in 2015, and is there going to be another ferry in its place this summer (2016)?

Since I first became aware of the existence of the large island, Sakhalin, in the Russian Far East that used to belong to Japan, and the fact that a ferry operated between the two countries at that ...
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Transit in Moscow airport while waiting for visa to become valid?

I am booked on a river cruise out of Moscow from 6th of may which I can get a letter of invitation, but the trouble is my plane arrives in Moscow on the 5th, at about 10pm. I had intended waiting in ...
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Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar by train or bus?

I've tried using tutu.ru for the trains, but it won't show me any train to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Despite this I know there are daily trains. What I don't know is what time they are, how long they ...
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Services to help disabled travelers when travelling, eg with accommodation in Canary Islands and travel from Russia

I'm disabled, from Russia. And I'm planning to travel in the future as much as I can. I'm seeking companies, services, which can to help me with accommodation, because I'm a wheelchair user. Maybe ...
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What to wear in Russia

What are appropriate clothing for a tourist in Russia? Specifically I mean Moscow and St Petersburg in summer. Of course locals might wear something different than tourists. Would T-shirt and shorts (...
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What direct scheduled flights exist between Alaska and Russia?

The narrowest distance between mainland Russia and mainland Alaska is approximately 90 kilometers. Some even speculate a bridge could connect the two regions, creating a land link between Eurasia and ...
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Travelling to Ukraine and Russia, border issues

I'm a Portuguese citizen living in the UK and I'm going to Russia in May by bus from Estonia. Meanwhile I have a weekend trip booked to Ukraine in April. Assuming that I got the Russian visa, ...
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Travelling to Sakhalin Island and Kamchatka

I am almost certain that, as an Australian citizen, I will need a visa to visit Russia - that is not a problem. Is it possible to do a solo tour through these regions of Russia? What kind of transport ...
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Does the Ukraine-Georgia ferry go via Russia and if so must I have a Russian visa even if I don't disembark?

Previously we had a question about ferries between Ukraine and the Republic of Georgia. The answer was that the company UkrFerry has such a route but I'm unsure of the details and the site seems to be ...
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Opened closed cities in Murmansk Oblast

This summer I am traveling with a friend by car to Murmansk, and we are both very interested in military history. Wikipedia have a list Closed cities in Murmansk Oblast, of which most are related to ...
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Do I need a new visa for Russia if my name has been legally changed?

I am a U.S. passport holder and have a three-year-multiple-entry tourist visa for Russia which is still valid. My first name was legally changed, and I have a new passport issued in that name as ...
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Is it possible to visit Russia and never register my visa if I frequently change cities?

This summer I am planning a trip to visit Russia from the United States. I will stay in Moscow for a few days, then move to Saint Petersburg for a few more days, and finally return to Moscow and stay ...
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Biathlon World Cup in Russia: Sochi or Khanty-Mansiysk?

In the 2012-13 season of the Biathlon World Cup the last two events take place in Russia: Sochi (March 7-10) and Khanty-Mansiysk (March 14-17). The next Winter Olympic Games (2014) also take place in ...
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How can I maximize my chances of obtaining a Russian visa outside my home country?

I had been sure from topics here and on other forums that it was not possible for me as an Australian citizen to obtain a visa for the Russian Federation anywhere other than the Russian Embassy in ...
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Best Time for Visiting the Curonian Spit

I am interested in visiting the Curonian Spit, possibly with a sidetrip to Kaliningrad. Now I would like to know the best time of the year to do so. I would like to avoid the crowds of the high and ...
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Can I use a document other than a passport to book Russian railways tickets online?

When buying a train ticket (domestic or international) on the Russian railways Website, it asks for the Details of an identity document: the document type and document number. In "Document type", one ...
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When transiting Moscow (SVO), citizens of which countries need a transit visa?

According to Wikipedia it seems that anyone can make the transit without a visa, but I'm not convinced. Where can I get some more official information on this?
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Must I register if I am not required to have a visa for entering Russia?

I am an Argentinean citizen who arrived in Russia three weeks ago. At Moscow my passport was stamped and I was given a migratory card: I have read that tourists must register once they enter ...
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Visa to Russia: tourist or business?

I am a French citizen going to Russia for a 6 day scientific conference. I have an official invitation letter (all in Russian) from the organizers, I have booked hotel and plane, and I am now looking ...
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Do we have any kind of statistics for how often rebels actually take tourists hostage in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia?

Both Wikitravel and Wikivoyage warn about the dangers of being kidnapped if you visit Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. Wikivoyage has this wording: Rebels often take tourists as hostages, so try ...
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Shipping motorcycles from Russia to USA

A friend and I are thinking of doing a motorcycle trip around the world (Long Way Round). I know the airport in Magadan is now closed. Does anyone know of an airline which would ship two motorbikes ...
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Overview (map) of Russian long-distance river regular passenger ships in regions too remote for roads or railways

It appears many of the big Russian rivers have passenger ships going along the river, in areas where roads and railways do not reach: PassazhirRechTrans on the Yenisey Ust-Shugor to Vuktyl at the ...
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Where does the MSCO Polaris actually go, and how do I travel with it?

The Murmansk shipping company operates two passenger ships. The Klavdiya Elanskaya travels between Murmansk and Ostrovnoy. Considering that Ostrovnoy is a closed city, this is probably not an ...
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A Russian girl is asking for 500 euros to get a passport in Russia. Is this a realistic amount of money for a passport fee?

I met a girl from Russia and she wants to see Denmark. I told her to meet first in Moscow to know each other better - anyway she asked me for 500 Euro for an international passport (she never had one ...
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Single travelling in Sep-Oct - which destination: China, Russia, Barcelona + Portugal, or Cuba?

I'm Israeli. I get 3 weeks vacation from work during Sep-Oct 12. I want to travel overseas (for now alone). I thought to use the relatively long vacation to get further away than nearby Europe. Does ...
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Can I plug French electronics into Russian sockets without an adaptor?

According to this page, Russian and French sockets/plugs are the same "shape", but in France we use 230 Volts while the Russians use 220 Volts. Will a laptop charger and other electronics work with ...
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Travel guide to Kaliningrad?

I'm looking for a travel guide (i.e. book) to Kaliningrad. Are there any particularly useful English-language references for visitors to Kaliningrad? I am particularly interested in any remnants of ...
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Exploring Russia on my own - legal?

When applying for the visa, there were a lot of complicated explanations about where not to go. What does it mean in practice? Can I drive around in Russia anywhere I want? Or are there legal ...
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What is required for a British citizen to cross the border from China to Russia at Heihe/Blagoveshchensk

Heihe, in the north east of China is just across the river from the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk. There is a free trade agreement between the countries covering these two cities. Russians can enter ...
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Shop opening hours in Russia

How are opening hours in tourist areas, sport clubs, malls, etc. in Moscow and St Petersburg ? Is it like Europe that in the evening (like 7 PM) there are almost no open malls or clubs ?
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Should I book Sapsan train ticket now or wait for prices to lower?

I'm taking the Sapsan train from St Petersburg to Moscow on 20 July (at 05:30, 07:00 or 07:10) and tickets were released for that date a few days ago. The lowest Price is usually 1677 rubles, and it ...
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Options for a cruise from Helsinki to St Petersburg

As a follow on from the following question: Do I need a visa if I go with a cruise line to St. Petersburg? What are the different options/what is required to organize a cruise from Helsinki to St ...
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Text message delivery time from Europe to Asia

I use an European online banking account with mobileTAN. The text message will be sent from Germany and is online valid for two minutes. Will the message reach me in time in Far East Russia, roaming ...
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Is it necessary to book bus tickets from Gdansk to Kaliningrad in advance?

Is it necessary to book bus tickets from Gdansk to Kaliningrad in advance, or is it enough to buy tickets at the station just before the departure? If they need to be booked in advance, where would ...
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Looking for tips on how to do the Trans-Siberian on the cheap London to Beijing

Wanting to do this journey in November and looking for any tips that can help from people who have done it. I am not in a rush. Also can the Mongolian and China visa be got on the train at the border? ...
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Buying ticket on Russian train

Suppose my ticket is from A to B, but on the way I decide to go beyond B and to C. Can I go to the conductor and extend the ticket? It is the case for me from Chita to Zabaikalsk, while my final ...
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What is the fastest way to go from Warsaw to Moscow via Lithuania and Latvia by bus/train?

I will start from Dresden (Germany). I definitely want to visit Poland, and especially Warsaw. Then I have to go to Moscow to catch the train to Beijing, and I have to bypass Belarus. So what is the ...