I am looking at possibly booking a flight from Gatwick to Moscow Domodedovo (DME) (via Kiev) with Ukraine International Airlines and then separately booking my transfer later that day from Moscow to Tokyo ( either with Qatar Airlines via Hamad international airport or Emirates via Dubai).
I have been informed by the Russian authorities that I do not normally need to have a visa for transit but because I will have booked the transfers separately myself, If I need to collect my baggage and re-check in I will need a visa.
They have said if I can arrange for my baggage to be booked on to my final destination from my initial destination (London Gatwick to Moscow, via Kiev and then Moscow to Tokyo via Hamad) even though I have booked 2 flights myself, I can stay in the transit zone without needing a visa.
I contacted Ukraine International Airlines and they said to ask at the Gatwick desk to book it through to my final destination in Tokyo.
Obviously I am concerened about risking this without getting any solid evidence that I will definitely be able to do this.
Has anyone had experience with this before?