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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.
Written Apr 25, 2008
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.
Updated Feb 13, 2007
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!
Written Apr 17, 2004
"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...
Updated Apr 17, 2003
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...
Updated Nov 4, 2002
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