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As a matter of anecdote, my relatives brought whole bags of fruit from e.g. Hong Kong. Don't think you need to declare it or anything. It is customary to bring food from travels in Russia, even if there exist laws that de jure prohibit it.


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The food you're bringing should be ok. There's no mention of fruit in the list of prohibited items on the Russian customs website, and since that's the ultimate authority (albeit with a strange English translation) my answer is, it's ok. I found no mention of fruit or peanut butter anywhere else (though those were all traveller-type blogs) including ...


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I did a similar trip last month. The border officials in Brest only put an entry stamp on my Belarus visa. I don't recall them even looking at the Russian visa or asking where I was going after transiting Belarus. (Almost all trains stop in Minsk where you can change, even on a transit visa, so it's not a foregone conclusion that you are travelling ...


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Could this visa become relevant for any future visa applications or can I simply ignore that it exists? Absolutely. This visa is a matter of record, and depending on whom Russia shares their database with, it may be accessible to a country to which you apply in the future. Although you have not traveled on the visa (it is not utilized) in the future if ...


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This can be useful for you View from webcams near port where cars get on ferry http://www.gosparom.ru/webcams/video.php You can view and evaluate queues by yourself. And yes - Crimea and Russia are one country. You don't need visa or extra documents for visiting it from Krasnodar.


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In Saint Petersburg (as in many big Russian cities) malls (торгово-развлекательный центр or гипермаркет) mostly work from 10:00 till 22:00. Also (if you need some basic foodstuff) there are many 24/7 food supermarkets (супермаркет, продукты) in Russia like Перекресток, Пятерочка, Лента, Азбука вкуса, Карусель, Полушка, etc. Such supermarkets accept Visa &...


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Medium-sized food chain shops are open from 10:00 till 22:00. Smaller shops are often 24H. Malls close as early as 20:00 (and might open later). Note that in Russia, you can't buy booze after 21:00 ~ 23:00 (varies per region) even if shop is open. Sometimes you can buy something unofficially (don't count on this, especially in Moscow). If we're talking ...


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This is a building near Zvyozdnaya metro station in St. Petersburg: Exact GPS location: 59.833285, 30.349010. The letters on top say "Beer House", which is a local chain of pubs.


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I discovered this method last year when I was in Asia, possibly when I was already in Cambodia. At that time I found multiple threads of various forums discussing it but I'll answer now off the top of my head and try to come back and add some links afterward. You can't do this in a tourist visa, but It's just as easy to get a business visa for Cambodia as ...


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Wow I got a reply from the consular section of the Russian Embassy to Cambodia already! For all types of visa for Australian citizens: Single Entry Visa 100 USD 7 business days processing 200 USD 3 business days processing Double Entry Visa 200 USD 7 business days processing 335 USD 3 business days processing Multiple Entry ...


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I concur that it might be possible. It is possible to upgrade your class: if you have platzkart, you may upgrade to kupe while on board. Therefore, they do know on board which seats are empty and which are available. So, you might be able to do that, seek out the "director of the train" (yeah that's a hilarious title). It might also be available ...


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Actually, just found the news dated July 4, 2016 (Russian). The article states that SASCO had signed an agreement to resume the Ferry service from Sakhalin to Hokkaido using "Пингвин-33" as a ship. Original Source on ria news (Russian)


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For practically any train route in Russia where important long-distance trains pass and at all stations where they stop for more than ten minutes, you can expect an army of babooshkas to be waiting, selling their self-made food. In my experience (travelling Moscow–Sludyanka and back), what they sell is pretty good both in taste and in price. So these are ...


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I want to note that the St. Petersburg is located in Neva's river delta, and only small part of it is near the Finnish Gulf. So there are two types for the beaches here: city beachs: most famous one is near the Petro-Pavloskaya fortress, people are getting the sun baths from February. other ones are located accross the city parks and recreation zones, ...


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I have three single entry visas (newest is from 2016), traveling with train from Helsinki and with plane. In each case, entry stamp was placed on the next page, and exit stamp was placed on the visa.


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Russia consider Crimea as own territory. So there isn't any border control between Krasnodar krai and Crimea. The checkpoint on the E97 you meant isn't a border control point now, but just a security checkpoint.


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T-shirt and jeans or shorts are absolutely OK for just sightseeing (of course as long as weather permits and as long as you don't have any really strange image on your T-shirt). It might be not OK for theaters, high-end restaurants, etc, where a more formal dress is expected. Churches also often have a more strict dress-code. Usually it is long trousers (...


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Yes, it does exists :) As I can say, night life in Moscow is much more glamourous, rather than in Saint-Petersburg there are a lot of small clubs, each with a small dance hall (there are big ones also, but not in such number as in Moscow). Many of them are located across Nevsky prospekt, so pick and go there :) One should note that the right company will ...


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As Volodymyr mentioned, the train is called Sapsan, Russian for peregrine falcon. It is a Siemens-built high-speed train based on the ICE 3 running in Germany and Siemens calls it Velaro RUS. Formerly, they not only served Moscow–Saint Petersburg but also Moscow–Nizhnyi Novgorod, but they were phased out of the latter in favour of Talgo trains in 2015. You ...


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I have been to night clubs in Moscow, although last time a few years ago, so this relates to my own experience. Note that Russian is one of my native languages, therefore I didn't have to deal with the language problem (although I am not native Russian). It's often very difficult to get into very "high class" clubs, although not impossible. If you don't ...


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(Disclaimer, I've never been to Russia, and only been clubbing (before and afterhours) in London, Paris, Barcelona and my hometown Montreal). I do believe that clubbing in Russia is safe, at least for the major clubs that attracts international DJs. See your previous post about language issue in Russia. If you feel that language is an issue during the day ...


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Google streetview shows the wall segment here: Source: google maps An aerial view of the location: Source: google maps It can be seen that there is no gating or railings and the wall segment is on a public road with legal parking: Source: google maps Question: Is this area of the park accessible at night? [I]s a visitor likely to be ...


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TL;DR - You can renew the passport whenever you like. In 2011 I held a 5-year passport that was due to expire in -- IIRC -- 2013. I was still enrolled at university at the time, which made me temporarily exempt from military service. Since males of the appropriate age need approval (a specific form) from the military commissariat for an international ...


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No, there are no such districts in either Moscow or St. Petersburg as of 2016. Prostitution is illegal in Russia and locations which become too well-known to the public are frequently raided and shut-down. Obviously prostitution still exists, but it's not centered in any particular street or district. There are many websites online dedicated to reviews of ...


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Different prices for locals and foreigners are (or were) common in state museums, because it is assumed that we locals sponsor them with our taxes. As for the sport activities, they shouldn't be priced differently. After all, even having separate web sites with different prices won't work if you use Google Translate to read the Russian version. So just ...


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I'm just going to speak from my own experience while I was traveling in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Granted, I didn't go outside of the cities. I found that both areas I get by with English and people are friendly. While I was walking in local farmer market trying to buy fruits, the people there didn't speak English but we were able to communicate with hand ...


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I'll confirm what people have already basically said in the comments: English knowledge, especially beyond the very basic level, is surprisingly uncommon. (Furthermore, English with a Russian accent can be very difficult to understand. It's not at all like the Russian accent in the movies : ) The situation is somewhat better with younger people The ...


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Here are some techniques. Unfortunately the best ones require either knowledge of Russian (or a Russian-speaking friend, hostel employee willing to help, etc), or skillful use of Google Translate: There are many "Groupon-like" sites in Russia, selling gift cards for various activities. They tend to be city-specific, so I can't point you to specific sites. ...



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