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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 completely right that when looking at the Russian border from many European neighbours, it almost looks like an open invite. Contrary to many other, even less '...


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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 naturally proves your Russian citizenship, and a foreign-travel passport where you get your visas to. When someone says simply "passport", they usually ...


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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 close and they feel threatened, particularly if they have calves to defend. And unfortunately, moose that have ended up in urban areas tend to be distressed and ...


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This is a bit old, but according to wikipedia According to an article published in 2005, the main problems at the Russian-Mongolian border, specifically in its Republic of Tuva section, were cross-border livestock theft (in both directions) and smuggling of meat.[5] If true, this would imply that the border is not hard to cross at all as long as you can ...


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I think you are asking the wrong question. How likely is it that someone, who has illegaly entered Russia, be caught while remaining there? That question is easier to answer, assuming you don't speak Russian fluently and don't have a Russian internal passport and have not used any form of public transport between the border region and the first major city (...


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According to the current UK advice to travellers Foreign passengers arriving from the UK who hold British citizenship (or other foreign nationals with permanent residence in the UK) are permitted to enter Russia, providing they have a valid visa, can demonstrate their citizenship or residence, and comply with other entry requirements. In terms of ...


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Assuming you need a Russian visa, this is in practice up to the Russian embassy. With a valid visa you're unlikely to be sent back. Per the website of the Russian embassy in Berne (LINK): ...nimmt die Konsularabteilung der Russischen Botschaft in der Schweiz die Ausstellung von Visa an ausländische Staatsbürger und Staatenlose mit ständigem Wohnsitz in der ...


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The International Air Transport Association, an association of commercial airlines, maintains TIMATIC (Travel Information Manual Automatic), a database of international entry requirements, used by airlines at the departure airport to determine if the passenger will, given the passenger's documents, be admitted at the passenger's transit point(s) and ...


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Since 2020-07-01, the situation has changed, as Russia and Belarus have signed a visa agreement and should now recognise each others visas. Your Russian visa is now enough to visit or transit Belarus, and you should no longer need a separate visa. See also this answer for more details on the Russia-Belarus border. Warning as of 2020-07-07: another source ...


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Belarus-Russia border crossing should be fully legal as of 2020-07-01 As of 2020-07-01, Belarus and Russia reportedly recognise each others visas: Foreign Ministers Vladimir Makei and Sergey Lavrov signed the agreement on mutual recognition of visas between Belarus and Russia in Minsk on Friday, 19 June. Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei explained ...


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Since 2020-07-01, you can visit Belarus with a Russian visa and vice versa. See Russia, Belarus sign agreement on mutual recognition of each other's visas. You cannot visit Ukraine with a Russian visa, unless you also have a Ukrainian visa. See also this post about border crossings between Russia and Belarus. Warning as of 2020-07-07: another source in ...


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Unfortunately (or not), moose near Moscow are not as ubiquitous as kangaroos in Australia. While the park aptly called "Лосиный Остров" ("Moose Island") does contain a small population of moose, the park is huge and mostly wild, and meeting them is more like winning the lottery. Sokolniki park, mentioned in the Livejournal post you've ...


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According to Timatic's COVID travel information page: Passengers are not allowed to enter. This does not apply to: nationals of the Russian Fed. and their family members; permanent residents of the Russian Fed.; British nationals and residents of the United Kingdom if arriving from the United Kingdom; So you can indeed enter Russia at this time. You will ...


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It's been a while since I was in Creamea last time, so this information can be outdated. Search for ride sharing apps in Creamea didn't get me anything even in Russian, so it looks like you'll need to find the transportation in old fashion way. However, I found this post (in Russian) about high prices for so-called wild taxis, so here is the summary: From ...


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New Russia-Belarus visa agreement (2020-07-01) As of 2020-07-01, you no longer need a separate visa, as Russia and Belarus recognise each others visas. See news articles from Belarus Feed, Belarusian Telegraph Agency, TASS, and intourist. See also this answer about crossing the Russia-Belarus border. Warning as of 2020-07-07: another source in Russian, ...


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Russia is not open yet for international visitors, unless they travel for medical purposes or to support a disabled relative. It's possible that air companies will sell tickets for future dates hoping that admission rules will be relaxed by then, but nobody can be sure when that would happen. If you hold Russian citizenship you can enter the country all ...


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So I have found out about Shark Taxi. They have an app which looks like a standard ride-hailing app (kind of light on address recognition, but all the expected functionality is there). Of course, I did not try calling an actual cab with it, but it will quote prices for Crimean routes which look genuine: The confusing part is that they seem to have two ...


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It seems that currently nominally you will have to be a citizen of Russia, have residence permit (вид на жительство) or be a part of a diplomatic mission. There are reports that foreign citizens are vaccinated without problems, in practice. Think if you want to bet on that.


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My wild guess is that these are reserved to be purely repatriation flights for now. So, you can theoretically enter as a Kyrgizian citizen from Bishkek to Moscow, but the only flight that would allow you to do that is still reserved for repatriation only, so you still can't. The SU6496 case is very strange since it's a domestic Kazan-SPb flight. Maybe they ...


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It turns that Taxi Maxim does also work, as witnessed by the following ads, but with a quirk: If you download Android app via app store, it will not list Crimean cities neither it will quote prices, but, if you download an .apk from https://скачаймаксим.рф/ - it will auto-detect location in Crimea and quote prices.


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I think it would work with the Moose Island National Park in Moscow. You can see its location via this link: https://yandex.ru/maps/-/CCQtfJRUHC . You can see there that the park extends beyond Moscow; the boundary is approximately the MKAD ring motorway. One way to get there is to take a local train from Yaroslavsky Vokzal and go to the stop Лось, the name ...


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You no longer need a transit visa since 2020-07-01, because Russia and Belarus now recognise each others visas. See also this post about border crossings between Russia and Belarus for more details. Warning as of 2020-07-07: another source in Russian, dated 2020-07-01, states it will take several more months until it actually takes force. These sources ...


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