Its not the case that you have to go through a Visa agency to get your Russia visa! I should know!! I got two form the embassy in Geneva and then Edinburghh with no hassle at all!! I was missinformed of the dates that the Trans Mongolian Express left Moscow so had to reapply for my visa! You can get an invitation letter no problem off the internet and do everything ytourself!! Also, I was ripped off on the cost of the train trip. Some people had paid as little as US$230 where I had paid over US$700!!!!!! Avoid going through a UK tour operator!!
While its painfully obvious that there is a basic inability to master the concepts of supply/demand/marketing in Russia, it is also obvious that raw capitalism has hit the streets...as is evidenced by this famous landmark statue hawking cigarettes on a billboard...
Be warned that in many of the hotels of Moscow legalised prostitution takes place. It can be a bit of a shock if you are not expecting it. If you make it clear you want nothing to do with it they will leave you alone!
When you walk you can meet often group of people with beer or vodka bottles in every moment of the day and of anyage. They aren't dangerous, obviously if you avoid the station zone I think it's better.
I stayed in the Moscow Metropol for two weeks in Sept. 2008. Bad: The Internet access is terrible....more
The Radisson Royal Hotel is a 5-star hotel. There isn't much walking distance to the hotel and it is...more
The hotel has a great location, all the central attractions are very close. But the hotel is not...more