In Russia You must to be careful about pickpockets ... I am wrong ... when you travelling, you always must to be careful about pickpockets.
The places, where you must to take this warning seriously, are:
the metro stations,
the tricky fountains in Peterhof
and all other crowded places, where peoples are loosing the attention.
Some year ago, there was installed the several alarm-button on the Nevsky prospekt after every 500 meter, for calling the Militsia (russian police), when you are in danger.
Not a danger, but definitely part warning, part advice.
YOU MUST APPLY MONTHS IN ADVANCE FOR A RUSSIAN VISA!
HOWEVER: on the Fred.Olsen cruise ship we were on, the tours could go off the ship on GROUP VISAS. The best 'tour' was the city-centre shopping tour. A coach picked you up from the ship & took you along a few streets, with a guide pointing out buildings, etc..
The coaches then stopped in the city centre & let you off to look round the city for a couple of hours on your own on a group Visa & then picked you up for a drive & some commentary as you went back to the ship. Nice!
...This was the case in 2003. I hope this 'loophole' hasn't been closed.
If you take cash with you look if all notes clean & without any ,yes any marks.They didn't accepted some of my notes because they had some spots on it! I had to take them back to The USA,but it's good I had another 101 $ to avoid problems!
"There is nothing to see there" - "It is always locked and visits are impossible" - "The priests will not accept any tourists"...
..these were the stereotypes we could hear by the tourguides on our crew-tours...
...and we did not give up asking, but asked the same questions on every tour, but of course the guide had to tell us these stories - the busdriver might have told it to the police, if he would say something else...
This famous church was locked all the time, whenever we tried to go there - it did oficially "not exist" and was not mentioned umong the sights shown to the tourists...
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