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    Paratroopers

    by kris-t Updated Dec 19, 2010

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    :) 02 Aug every year paratroopers selebraite theire day... Sometime they are "a little bit" drunk, sometimes - "a little bit" agressive... Be carefull and don't visit Park of culter (theire usial place to meet) this day pls :)

    paratroopers in Moscow
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    Very DAREing guests of the country

    by Muscovite Updated Mar 17, 2010

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    The market economy surely liberates the creative energy of an individual.

    Shut behind the Iron Curtain, we used to have a very airbrushed image of the outer world here – what with Sophia Loren or Gerard Philipe gracing the red carpet at our film festivals, or Paul Scofield drawing in crowds of Moscow theatre-goers, or Charles Aznavour singing for his native Armenia, which was part of the USSR in those days.

    Now see who is bearing the torch of democracy and human rights these days
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1119622/Miss-Dare-150-000-lawyer-told-stop-putting-porn-net.html

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  • Internet: Be careful with Western Newspaper/Radio

    by flyer31 Updated Aug 28, 2009

    If you want to have good access to your Emails, better take care not to read Western newspaper by Internet. I read German Spiegel in a hostel, and on next morning Email was very disturbed. I started browsing in English Pravda, then Emails worked again, but I got an Emails with a bad joke about 007 from a friend, and another one concerning German Election, which clearly was interrupting the Email transfer for some minutes. On the last evening I dared to hear German radio SWR3, which ran quite well during music, but was then disturbed heavily during news about a German Nuclear power plant and some Terrorist news - also a Eastern German youngster radio like radio Sputnik did then not run any more. On the next morning my Internet access in the hostel was dead (but for sure not from the hostel people, they were very nice - there came a Russian language error message from the Moscow Wifi company Beeline - I am frightened I maybe killed the internet access for the complete hostel).

    I had to to go to McDonalds to get my Emails - for God sake they have free Internet in all the McDonalds in the city. Usually I am not a McDonalds fan, but at the end of old Arbat street near Smolenskaya Metro and at Tretyakovskaya metro there are very comfortable McDonalds with very nice coffee shops, where you get great Russian cake and great European style coffee, and WiFi for free.

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    Poplar flyer warning from a local

    by AVKTRAVELLER Written Jun 5, 2009

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    It seems nobody mentioned here about flyer, I mean poplar blossoms since the end of May and till mid-July. It looks very beautiful and funny, when you walk along the streets sown with dry cotton snow. It is everywhere! Unfortunately many people suffer from allergy caused by this snow.
    Many years ago Soviet authorities planted the trees along streets and roads to make air cleaner and fresher. And it has worked. But they did not know that Soviet people may have allergy like any others.
    Typical effects are epiphora, eyes irritating, sneezing.
    Your usual antihistamine will help.

    Poplar trees on the left. Flyer  - everywhere.
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    Public bathrooms

    by Muscovite Updated May 28, 2009

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    Your worst choice is narrow blue stalls; one stall is usually occupied by the cashier, entrance 10 roubles (mind the inflation!). Railway stations and airports are not much healthier, usually the same fee.

    Try museums or cinemas. Toilets are free and well attended. The one at the Manege, raised from ashes just a year ago made me remember 19th century Russian classics: "Fire had done her a lot of good". 'Her' - that's Moscow, all but built anew after Napoleons retreat.

    Cafes, even less so restaurants – I am not sure, you'll spend a lot of time trying to locate the necessary facility. The good exception is the McDonald's, bless their heart and investment portfolio. Fast food and teamwork is not my cup of tea, same as coffee in paper cups, but I must give it to them, they make a traveller's life much easier with a clear WC sign.

    There used to be public bathrooms managed by the city near central metro stations. Most of them have been converted into cafes or sweetshops. No joke, especially in –30 C frost. There are two left at the Kremlin.
    1) Standing in the Kutafya tower, face the Kremlin. Turn left, down the stairs, turn right – you will find a bathroom under the bridge connecting the Kutafia tower and the Troiskaya tower (the one with the clock). Careful, steep steps. Open all day round. Free. Reasonably clean. No toilet paper.
    2) The Kutafya tower, again face the Kremlin. Turn right, down the stairs into the Alexander Gardens, past the metro entrance, about 50 meters ahead – you will see a bathroom in the 'cellar' on your right. Open 8.00 – 18.00 (maybe 17.00 in winter). Free. Reasonably clean. Toilet paper and even paper towels in the morning, the supply does not last long, though.

    There used to be two more sort of 'showcase quality' public bathrooms on either side of the Red Square – on at the Saviour Tower, (the one you see on TV), the other next to the Museum of History. I have not been there for quite some time – you tell me how they work now.

    Don't go there! www.rian.ru
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    Carry your passport with you all the time!

    by sakuyaini Written Nov 10, 2007

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    You can be stopped by a police even when you are just walking on the street. They will ask for your passport. Make sure you have a registration (the hotel will register you, and will give you a paper with registration along with your passport). I got stopped by a police once, as we got off the train station.

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    Cruise Ship Excursions

    by 1madrussian Written Dec 7, 2006

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    Most days, the cruise ship will offer at least two excursions: at trip to the Kremlin, St. Petersburg by Night, the ballet and much more. Most of these cost at least $50 US and quite often, they are not good value. The ships are Russian but leased and staffed by middlemen
    ( former russian businessmen ) who work out of the US. They charged exhorbitant amounts of money for the excursions. And people do pay. Some days you could easily spend $150 US on excursions. A summer ballet performance in St. Petersburg cost $120 US per person. This was a summer ballet company. The prinicipal company was on hoildays in the summer. Through a ticket venue, I managed to get three tickets for another ballet performance for the same money. I have a lot more to say about the cruises. They are run by greed and exploitation.

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    Personal "Adventure"

    by tini58de Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    Just a very personal 'adventure': the day before we visited, there was a bomb attack in this shopping center in Moscow with 21 people injured. It is the (truly beautiful) 5 story Ochotnij Rjad Shopping Center in the Ochotnij Rjad Street not far away from the Kremlin.

    Terrorist attacks have become a major threat lately and as VT member neilmcg wrote in a forum posting back in August 2003, the Red Square had been shut down because of the fear of bombings then. Recently (2006) things have quiet down, so it is probably safer now!

    inside a new shopping mall

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    Black widows

    by kris-t Updated Jun 7, 2006

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    As with many cities in the world, international terrorism is a threat in Moscow. On February 6, 2004 a bomb explosion in a subway car near the Avtozavodskaya metro station killed at least 40 and injured many.
    Other prominent acts of terror include the destruction of two apartment buildings in September 1999 (see Russian Apartment Bombings), an explosion in the pedestrian subway under the Pushkinskaya square in August 2000, and the capture of the theatre at Dubrovka in October 2002.

    February 6, 2004
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    Don't forget your car

    by yumyum Written Apr 9, 2006

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    Don't leave your car for too long in winter time or else you may have to wait till spring to use it again. I wonder whether this car will actually start up ever again. It's not uncommon to see a few like that in residential areas. Here in Oktyabrskoe Pole.

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    Don't fall in love with this guy!

    by yumyum Written Mar 22, 2006

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    This is a friendly fellow coming to our office window for a treat!

    Not all the dogs in Moscow are such cuties, sometimes you can get confronted with whole packs of the roaming the streets and not all of them belong to somebody. For instance, on the way from the metro to my work place there is about half a dozen of them hanging around a few little shops and kiosks and they all seem peaceful enough as long as one doesn't show up with a strange dog on the lead and they become suddenly very viscious and try to attack the stranger and bark their head off. And no-one is there to tell the dogs off, the frightened woman with her even more freightend dog was sure enough getting the hell out of there.

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    Rush hour in the metro etc.

    by yumyum Written Mar 13, 2006

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    During rush hour in the metro, some people may experience claustrophobia. Not only will you be squashed in the hot carriage with not enough air but also changing lines can be a big problem as huge crowds are sometimes moving in snail speed along the corridors and you just have to go with the stream. There is no way to break out. Keep fingers crossed that no panic ever occurs.

    Another thing which may be difficult for the elderly or people with walking difficulties are the ultra fast escalators. Often there is lots of shoving and pushing. Make sure, you get to stand on the right side and always leave an empty step between the person in front of you and yourself, you need that space when getting off.

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    Emergency numbers 911/112 equivalent

    by dlandt Updated Feb 17, 2006

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    From what I understand, the Russian emergency services do not normally speak English or any other foreign language. There is a special branch of police who assist foreigners who have been the victims of crime but I'm not sure of the number. Here are the emergency numbers that I do know of, they should work from any phone.

    Fire 01, Police (Militsia): 02, Medical emergency: 03, Gas leaks: 04

    If you're an American citizen you can use the consulate's after hours emergency line. (7) (095) 728-5000. Daytimes they have American Citizen Service's telephone: (7) (095) 728-5000

    911 and 112 will NOT work in Russia!

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    Crazy paving

    by morgenhund Written Sep 17, 2005

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    Moscow is currently a massive building site - not least as far as pavements and walkways are concerned. Potholed roads and pavements are still a more than common sight, and therefore, it is adviseable to take care when crossing roads, paved areas as many are in a bad state of repair - which may not be quite to clearly apparent, particularly when there is a downpour and the streets are awash with rain water. Otherwise you may find that you suffer sprained ankles, stubbed toes etc.

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    Hot Water Cuts in Russia

    by MolokoMed Written May 13, 2005

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    In all Russian cities central hot water supply may be cut off for up to one month in summer season. This is supposedly done for pipe maintenance and repair but whatever the reason, there you are having to preheat water for all your washing and cleaning needs. It happens just once in a year between May and August. If you are visiting in summer check this point with your hosts. Hotels are likely to have their own independent water heating systems though. By the way, last year a few Moscow residents took this case to court claiming hot water was a basic necessity and no hot water means a health threat :) They didn't get lucky obviously as this year everything seems to repeat!

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