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How to use public transport in Russia with limited knowledge of Russian?

While you will generally experience a strong language barrier, the public transport system should be the least of your worries. With a bit of beforehand knowledge it can be an easy, interesting and ...
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What to do if I overstayed my e-visa for Saint Petersburg/Leningrad Oblast

First of all, if you are not fluent in Russian, you'll need (this is mandatory) an official translator to a language you speak fluently (in my case it was English, even though I'm a German). The ...
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Personal security during a business trip to Moscow

Update: as of March 2022, travel to Russia is unsafe for anyone. The country is not even safe for its own citizens. Anyone — regardless of whether you're a Russian national or not, no matter what ...
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Is it possible to enter Russia by train 1-1.5 hours before the visa validity period starts?

There are things I would try doing and there are the others. Attempting to enter Russia before my visa is valid (or attempt to overstay my Russian visa) even if by a few hours only clearly belongs to ...
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Is it possible to enter Russia by train 1-1.5 hours before the visa validity period starts?

I wouldn't risk this. I exited Russia with a friend. He had given the end date for his visa, by mistake, as the day we left Moscow. Travelling by train, we didn't reach the border until a couple of ...
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Is it possible to enter Russia by train 1-1.5 hours before the visa validity period starts?

I've been on a Russian train with a Canadian whose visa expired during the train ride (so just a couple of hours) as we crossed the border after midnight into Mongolia. Said passenger was marched off ...
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What time zone do trains in Russia operate on?

All trains in Russia for years have operated on Moscow time. It's only slightly unsettling when you get to your train in Yekaterinburg and find out it's not there, but the upside is most of Russia is ...
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Moscow (DME) airport arrival 23:55. My Russian visa becomes valid at midnight

Technically, your visa is not valid when you are scheduled to land so boarding is a problem. Practically, it will be perfectly valid by the time you reach the immigration counter, so you are ...
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What exactly is a marshrutka (маршрутка)?

Just to add to the above guys answers. Маршрутка (Marshrutka) is a slang. It's a shortened version of "Маршрутное такси" (can be roughly translated as "Routed" taxi, essentially a ...
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Is it safe for a foreigner to travel to Russia these days?

I am a citizen of a Western country and moved out of Russia shortly after the start of the current large-scale military conflict despite having some unfinished business in Russia, and since then I've ...
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Why am I not allowed to buy alcohol at the store after 11pm in Russia?

It's a law that's designed to reduce public drunkenness / alcoholism, especially at night when you don't want loud, rowdy and sometimes violent drunk people in the streets. Sometimes vendors try to ...
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Is it possible to enter Russia by train 1-1.5 hours before the visa validity period starts?

Let's think logically. Imagine one is a Russian border officer. One got a job during which each day got the stamp for the passport and visa checks: As you can see, there is a date on it, and it's ...
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Why are there yellow dot stickers on the front doors of businesses in Russia?

This means "there's a glass door, please don't go through it without opening first". If it contains black curl, then it also means "you can order delivery via Yandex.Food" (a service similar to Uber ...
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How easy is it to get in and out of Russia by illegally crossing its border?

My answer might have fit better as a comment, but is too long, so please bear with me here. 'How easy' is of course difficult to quantify, but it is in most areas not as easy as it might seem. You are ...
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Can a person be arrested/detained if a prohibited item is found in the carry-on luggage while transiting?

Why wasn’t the knife taken out at Russian airport ? Probably because they missed it during screening. Airport security has been known to miss actual explosives in peoples bags, so a tiny knife is not ...
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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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Is it safe for a foreigner to travel to Russia these days?

No source is given, however the UK government travel advice page for Russia says: ”There have been multiple reports of intensive security checks on foreign nationals at Russian border crossings upon ...
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Personal security during a business trip to Moscow

I would like to add my two cents worth to the already existing answers. I am a German who is studying in Russia at the moment and who has traveled to most large cities in Western Russia, including ...
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Can a 15-year-old travel alone to Russia from the USA?

You should be able, but you'll need: written, notarized permission from both of your parents or guardians a valid passport an appropriate visa to visit Russia (assuming you're not a Russian citizen) ...
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Is wearing shorts in Transsiberian trains okay

That's absolutely OK. Moreover, Russians' concept of appropriate clothing in trains is very very very relaxed; many people will wear clothing that they will never wear in many other public places (...
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Is there any way to find out what happened to a post card sent from other country?

I used to do Postcrossing a lot a few years ago and I can tell you that the shipping times for unregistered mail are just plain unpredictable. Sometimes you can get a letter from the other end of the ...
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Vegetarian dishes on Russian trains (European part)

No, you definitely cannot count on having vegetarian meals on long-distance trains in Russia. In fact even the menu is misleading, as quite commonly only a very limited selection of dishes are ...
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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 any retrocomputing museums in the former Eastern Bloc countries?

Since most (all?) computer museums can qualify as retrocomputing museums, you might find this list of computer museums useful: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_computer_museums You could also ...
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Moscow (DME) airport arrival 23:55. My Russian visa becomes valid at midnight

The solution to your conundrum is to buy a fully refundable ticket from the same Russian airport on the following day. Since Russia allows for 24 hour visa-free transit you can always show your second ...
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Why am I not allowed to buy alcohol at the store after 11pm in Russia?

Rules regarding alcohol production, sales and consumption are governed by Federal law N 171-ФЗ. Chapter II article 16 paragraph 5 says: Не допускается розничная продажа алкогольной продукции с ...
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Crossing by land from Georgia into Russia 2022

As Peter has already said, the border is currently open and there are thousands of Russians trying to cross from Russia to Georgia. I expect that the opposite direction will be simpler, although it ...
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Can I take my electric skateboard to Russia?

I would not advise to take a 600 € skateboard to something like a football world championship. First of all, most people coming to the event will walk or take public transport guided by the local ...
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