When applying for a visa that takes up one whole page on a passport, is it possible to request it to be pasted on a certain page? I would like to reserve the front pages for my working visa, but I'll be applying for a Russian visa for travel before that.
Most countries put the visa on the first available page that has sufficient room, which with a full page sticker/stamp would be the first blank page. You can always ask and if you have a viable reason they may put it on another page for you.
Is there a specific reason why you want your work visa on the first page? It doesn't really make a difference to immigration officals, as they are pretty adept at fanning through a passport and finding their country's visas.