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Moscow SVO airport, how to avoid scam taxis without pre-booking?

To avoid any trouble with taxis, you can use the Aeroexpress train. It will get you to the city centre for ~8$ (500 RUB). You can use wireless payment options at the automatic gates: PayPass, PayWave,...
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Can I still travel on the Troika Card even if it goes into a negative balance?

No. This happened to me when I was in Moscow a few weeks ago and overestimated how much I had left on my Troika card. The red light on the turnstile lit up and the screen displayed a message ...
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Moscow SVO airport, how to avoid scam taxis without pre-booking?

First of all, ignore the people that run up to you when you get out of arrivals. They can see you are not a local and will charge you 4 times the price. Never pay more than 1250 ₽ for a taxi to the ...
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Are there red light districts in St. Petersburg or Moscow?

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-...
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What are the requirements for Russian citizens to leave Russia?

There is no exit visa required to leave Russia, so if you have no outstanding legal actions against you, there is no reason that Russian border patrol or Customs will stop you on exit especially to ...
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Nightlife in Russia

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 ...
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Is smoking banned in Moscow cafes, restaurants and bars? Are there places where you can smoke?

There's a huge list of places where smoking is currently banned: public transport, local and nationwide, train stations, 15m area around local transport stations medical and rehab institutions sport ...
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What are the requirements for Russian citizens to leave Russia?

First of all, according to the Constitution of the RF article 27.2 every citizen have the right to leave the RF and return to the RF. However, Russian Law specifies the ways when this constitutional ...
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In Moscow, who can be inoculated with the Sputnik V vaccine?

Apparently, a russian internal passport is needed to get a vaccine. (A passport in Russia can mean two separate documents: an internal passport, used as the main person ID inside Russia, and which ...
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Shop opening hours in Russia

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 ~ ...
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What ride-hailing companies operate in Moscow as of 8/2019?

I understand that your choice in Moscow is basically Gett, or Yandex-Uber joint. I think you need a specific app for your smartphone, stock Uber app will likely not work. Yandex has Minivan, not so ...
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Wearing shorts with hairy legs in Moscow

As @HeidelBerGensis have said: "Unless you have gorilla level hairy legs" noone really cares. But if there is still a question you can watch a few videos, like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Can I travel to Ukraine or Russia without a visa as a Pakistani holder of a Schengen residency permit?

No you can’t. There is no such relaxation provided by either Ukraine or Russia. You need to obtain a visa Entry regime to Ukraine for foreign citizens Russian Embassy in Pakistan
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On the Moscow-Dushanbe train, should I travel in platzkart or kupe for a calm trip?

Definitely not the platzkart! I'm serious, you'll never get a calm trip if you are in there. Platzkart has additional side places across the train, so it's up to 52 people there in a car compared with ...
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Is the Berlin Wall Section on the Sakharov Grounds Accessible at Night?

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 ...
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Nightlife in Russia

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,...
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Is smoking banned in Moscow cafes, restaurants and bars? Are there places where you can smoke?

There is a law that prohibits smoking "в помещениях, предназначенных для предоставления ... услуг ... общественного питания". This prohibits smoking on indoor areas of restaurants, bars, etc ("...
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Can I still travel on the Troika Card even if it goes into a negative balance?

No, unfortunately you don't have that option. But remember that you can go through the turnstile on right or on the left and use your bank card if it allows contactless payments. It will cost you 42 ...
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How can I see a moose in the wild in Moscow?

Not the answer you're looking for, but trying to get a selfie with a wild moose (elk) is a really bad idea. Moose are very large animals with fearsome antlers, and they will charge if you get too ...
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What are the requirements for Russian citizens to leave Russia?

As @mzu already said, there are a lot of checks on borders in Russia, most of them are being made by passport controls, not the customs. Customs do the checks fir luggage - are there too many cash, ...
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Wearing shorts with hairy legs in Moscow

I'd strengthen the point by Karlson and the comment by Willeke: Not only does noone care if you have hairy legs, but in Russia, as a guy, you'd probably be getting odd looks and your sexuality would ...
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Shop opening hours in Russia

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 ...
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Beaches in St Petersburg

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 ...
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On the Moscow-Dushanbe train, should I travel in platzkart or kupe for a calm trip?

I've done both several times (as well as obshi class in Kazakhstan/Uzbekistan - but that's a whole different story). I've had one crazy trip in kupe - my first. There were Russians, and they had ...
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Moscow SVO airport, how to avoid scam taxis without pre-booking?

Travelling without smartphone is nuts, seriously. Fortunately Russian operators (well, at least Beeline, not sure about others) have packages that are charged _per_day_, not per month, have quite good ...
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Is it snowing in Moscow in January/February 2020?

I'm not in Moscow, I'm in Nizhny Novgorod (450 km East of Moscow), but we also did not have much snow a month ago, and now we have a rather decent snow cover. Maybe less than on average year, but it ...
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Where in Moscow is/was this 1980 Olympics logo sculpture located?

According to the internets, this is the split of Leningradsky and Volokolamsky Chaussée: These steles were not built to last and are torn down in most places, but there surely must be some remaining, ...
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Entering Russia on visa-exempt St Petersburg ferry: can I leave the city?

Here's the actual legal basis for visa-free travel: http://base.garant.ru/195505 . It says you can stay for 72 hours, have to leave by the same port where you entered, and most importantly (point #6) ...
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Am I able to take a train from Moscow, Russia directly to Kiev, Ukraine given the current political situation?

If you're Russian: There is no problem to take a train right now, from Kiev to Moscow and vise versa. The problem is to get an ukranian visa, espesially for a men with suitable age for being in army. ...
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Can I leave Moscow Airport while in transit?

Yes, you can exit the transit area by following the signs for the exit and clearing passport control. To get back to the transit area, just follow the same path as all departing passengers.
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