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"every culture has its distinctive and normal system of government. yours is democracy, moderated by corruption. ours is totalitarianism, moderated by assassination" - unknown russian

No police hassles, Red Square, St. Petersburg canal cruise, blinis

Russian "service", pervasive public rudeness, focus on large tour groups tourists

head scratchers
Painful and expensive visa process ($US30 initial letter, $150 visa, $25 registration) -- the Cold War is over?!



population (mn)

145 million
capital Moscow
languages Russian
religion Russian Orthodox
currency Ruble

  Click on the thumbnail shots below to see larger photos with descriptions.  
ratings (1-5) 5 = best
Friendliness: 2
culture: 5
fun: 2
transport: 3
nature: 3


total score: 18/30


average cost per day
$US140 per day (for two)

(cheap food and transport could not compensate for expensive visa requirements, accommodation and entrance fees for sights)






  July 15, 2004->   Circling the SquarE: moscow  
  July 10, 2004 ->   a Grimy 'window On the west': st. Petersburg  
general info
in your pocket russia guide
st. petersburg travel info
rick steves' moscow guide