Apparently, methylated spirits / methyl alcohol / ethanol is very hard to find in Russia, so I am considering to bring mine on the train. According to this page (not an official source), it is prohibited to bring Toxic and explosive materials into Russia. Would that include camping fuel? It's not entirely explosive but it's certainly toxic! Can I bring a couple of liter with me on the train into Russia?

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    If it were the old Russia, I'd say don't bother, just buy strong cheap vodka there. Commented Jun 23, 2019 at 1:45
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    @RayButterworth What is the old Russia and does such vodka actually burn properly?
    – gerrit
    Commented Jun 23, 2019 at 8:34
  • Traditionally, Russia was famous for cheap and plentiful high-proof vodka, some of which was close to pure ethanol, similar to the US Hillbilly white lightning "moonshine". I meant is mostly as a joke, though perhaps in poor taste given this: "How Alcohol Conquered Russia". Commented Jun 23, 2019 at 9:21

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According to "Goods, prohibited or limited for transfer via the customs border of the Eurasian Economic Union" (where Russia is a member state),

List of the goods for the personal usage, prohibited to import into the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (hereinafter - the Union) and (or) export from the territory of the Union


3.4 poisonous substances, which are not the precursors of the narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances

Unfortunately, I am not able to find the list of poisonous substances in English, only in Russian (even though the page you download the list from is in English). Anyhow, methanol is number 15 there.

Edit: If you would like to bring ethanol to Russia, you are allowed to do so (up to 5 liters). However, according to Decision of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission​​ dated 20.12.2017 N 107 (as amended on 01.11.2018) "On certain issues related to the goods for the personal use" (only in Russian), you need to pay 22 EUR for each liter.

  • Conclusion: it is prohibited to bring the camping fuel?
    – gerrit
    Commented Jun 23, 2019 at 17:17
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    Conclusion: it is prohibited to bring methyl alcohol to Russia. However, I am pretty sure you can buy the camping fuel in a camp shop if you start your journey from a big city.
    – colombien
    Commented Jun 23, 2019 at 18:59
  • Are you sure I can easily buy it? I've found many sources saying it's hard to find, such as I linked in the question or (1), (2), (3). Are they talking about something else?
    – gerrit
    Commented Jun 23, 2019 at 20:01
  • I've asked a related question on Outdoors.SE
    – gerrit
    Commented Jun 23, 2019 at 20:11
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    Also merely a comment because I've no direct experience, but this thread lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/… may have relevant content for you. Commented Jun 24, 2019 at 0:19

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