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by janetlee

We are a group of 6 persons coming from Singapore. I learnt that the police will demand and check the passports of the tourists. Is it common? We worry that they are not real police or even if they are police, they may snap the passports from us and ask for money. Should we better engage a tour guide so as to avoid those problems?

Re: Police

by ElenaKKKK

Remember!!! NO ANY person in uniform has right to fine you!!!! It's pure and obvious robbery. The administrative procedure stipulates only one case of "fine in site" - if you AGREE you are guilty and if the fine is no more than 100 roubles (ab. 3 Euro). If you don't and don't want to pay - they must to write the protocol and this is very complicated procedure connected with a lot of formalities in the court.

They can threat to transport you to the police office to make this protocol by force. It's another extortion by threats.

But: the policemen in the streets (if you obviously do not violate the order and law) have no right for this!!! The immigration control is out of their competence. In any such case do not allow to do with you something - immediately call the Embassy. Any embassy has 24/7 contact phone number - keep it in your phone memory just in case.

I'm quit sure you'll won't have any troubles indeed.

As I know robbers in uniform prefer to "catch" foreigners near popular night clubs and bars. They are very good psychologists, and always could determine which person could be their potential victim and how much they can take easily, they will never demand too much, because they understand the more money they got the more threat for them that you'll inform authorities.

So it would be useful to show the copies of documents first and if they insist to show originals - do not hesitate - call the Embassy.

Re: Police

by janetlee

Thank for very much for your useful information. We decided not to engage a tour guide (for escort purpose).

Re: Police

by ElenaKKKK

De jure, you have to show all documents (passport, visa, immigration card, stamped counterfoil of registration application form) for immigration control for police only on the place you stay, or in the head office of police. But in sad reality, I guess it would be better to keep them with you, but to show, being off the place of your stay, only copies. In absence of registration (you have 3 working days for it) you can show guest card from hote, tickets etc - to confirm your legal stay in the country. Keep in memory embassy phone, just in case.

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by ElenaKKKK

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Travel Tips for Saint Petersburg

White Nights

by travelingdanna

Because the city is so far north, St. Petersburg has a unique characteristic which it shares with other northern cities such as Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo... making it not so unique after all. But Petersburgians like to claim the "White Nights" or Belii Nochi of early summer for their city. It is wonderful to walk around in the late evening, around 10-11 PM or even later on the longest days, because the sunset lasts for hours and it is really beautiful. Just remember to get some sleep!

L'énigme de la chambre d'ambre

by Klod5

Pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, les nazis pillent le Palais de Catherine la Grande - la résidence Impériale de Tsarskoïe Selo située à 30 km de Saint-Pétersbourg.

La fierté du Palais - une salle entièrement décorée en ambre de baltique - a disparu! Sans laisser ni traces, ni pistes.

Pendant plusieurs décennies les recherches se poursuivent: sans résultat! Il faut préciser que la Fameuse chambre d'ambre était unique et splendide comme le témoignent de rares photos prises avant la Guerre!

Et pourtant en 2004 le Ministre de la culture d'Allemagne, M. Michael Naumann a rencontré le Président Vladimir Poutine pour lui remettre... une mosaïque en marbre qui faisait partie du décor de la Chambre d'ambre!

Explication du Gouvernement allemand : elle est apparue récemment dans une collection privée. La nouvelle fait vite le tour du monde, est-ce que Tsarskoïe Selo va un jour accueillir à nouveau sa splendide chambre disparue: pas si sûr...

During World War II, the Nazis rob the Big Catherine's Palace - the Imperial residence of Tsarskoïe Selo situated to 30 km of Saint-Petersbourg.

The pride of the Palace - a room entirely decorated in amber of baltique - disappeared ! Without letting traces nor, nor tracks.

During several decades the research continue : without result ! It is necessary to specify that the Famous room of amber was unique and splendid as testify it of rare photos taken before the War !

And yet in 2004 the Minister of the culture of Germany, Mr. Michael Naumann met President Vladimir Poutine to put back him... a mosaic made of marble that was part of the decor of the amber Room !

Explanation of the German Government : it appeared lately in a private collection. The news makes the tour of the world quickly, is that that Tsarskoïe Selo is going to welcome its splendid extinct room one day all over again : not so sure.
Où est la vraie "Chambre d'ambre" ? Des dizaines de chercheurs de trésors persistent à vouloir percer le mystère de la disparition de ces riches panneaux muraux volés par les nazis près de Saint-Pétersbourg.
Depuis sa disparition au coeur de l'hiver 1944-1945, les hypothèses -- comme les légendes -- les plus folles circulent sur le sort de ce trésor d'ambre ciselé du début du XVIIIème siècle, joyau du palais de la tsarine Catherine à Tsarskoïe Selo, l'actuel Pouchkine.

"Rien ne pourra remplacer l'original, unique", regrette le retraité Hans Stadelmann, depuis plus de quinze ans à sa recherche. L'historien amateur en est presque certain: c'est en Thuringe, sans doute "dans la centaine de salles aujourd'hui inaccessibles des souterrains du Gauforum", un édifice nazi du centre de Weimar, que se trouve l'original. La municipalité, elle, n'y croit pas. Mais il ne s'agit là que d'une théorie parmi d'autres

Where is the true "Room of amber" ? do the score of researchers of treasures persist to want to pierce the mystery of the disappearance of these rich wall panels flown by the Nazis close to Saint - Petersbourg.
Since its disappearance to the heart of the winter 1944-1945, the hypotheses--as the legends--maddest circulate on the fate of this amber treasure chiseled of the beginning of the XVIIIth century, jewel of the palace of tsarina Catherine in Tsarskoïe Selo, the present Pouchkine.

"Nothing will be able to replace the original, unique", regret the pensioner Hans Stadelmann, since more of fifteen years to its research. The amateur historian is nearly certain of it : it is in Thuringia, probably "in about hundred rooms today inaccessible of the underground of the Gauforum", a Nazi building of the center of Weimar, that is the original. The township, it, doesn't believe there. But it is only there about a theory among others.

Streetside Artists

by Canadienne

The areas around tourist sights always seem to attract artists ~ a mix of works in progress and finished creations for display/sale.

The gentleman in this photo was positioned on one of the bridges on the Kanal Griboedova, working on a painting of the Church on Spilled Blood. There was a group of children (it seemed to grow by the minute) gathered around him, and he involved them in each step of his work ~ asking for colour choices, having them take measurements with him. . .it was a fantastic scene.

artists necropolis:our lady of tikhvine cemetery

by cbeaujean

tikhvinskoie kladbichtche,on alexandre nevski square,at the top end of nevsky prospekt.
subway:plochtchad aleksandra-nevskovo
you find there monuments and graves of musicians as:glinka,moussorgski,borodine,rimski-korsakov,balakirev ,glazounov,rubinstein and tchaikovski.
also the novelist dostoievski

Rasputin sightings

by sennaya

The holy man to the last Czar's was one of the most confounding characters of his time.
He held complete confidence of the Czarina for the apparent healing of the tsarevich's bleeding illness, but over time was thought unholy by most around the royal circle.
The Orthodox Church tried to distance themselves several times and many men of influence who dared to speak against him were fired or imprisoned by the wish of the czarina with the concordance of her husband, Czar Nicholas,

Rasputin was finally undone at the Sheremetev Palace where he went on the pretence to meet the attractive wife of Count Sheremetev. A big strong man from Siberia, Rasputin was poisoned, shot and finally drowned in the Neva before ending his influence over life in St. Petersburg.

Some historians credit him with the undoing of Nicholas by keeping the royals disinformed of the true changes occuring in Russia at the time. Tsar Nicholas abdicated and established a provisional democratic government, but it was too late. The Bolsheviks took over in 1917 and won the civil war to end democratic rule until 1991.

Supposedly some of Rasputin's member was removed and preserved at Kunstkamera and continues to make news of the weird at exhibitions. He was said to have a strange power over women, not unlike the vampires of modern literature, but judge for yourself.


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