Of course I can technically rent a car, and I can drive it. My point is - is it secure/recommended for non-Russians? What are unexpected risks?
I have extended driving experience in Paris, Rome, Delhi, Mexico, and some other places, so I assume technically, not much would bother me.
But what about accident risk? Police? does anyone speak English? (I don't speak Russian at all).
Basically, from someone living there and having some international experience - What are the non-obvious risks, if any? What is different than other countries?
I will be in the St. Petersburg area, if that makes a difference, and in May.