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James asks: How much would I spend in a month if I were to study in Kursk area?
Expert's answer:
In 2016, according to official statistics, the average salary in Kursk was about 24,000 Rubles per month (400 USD). But a lot of people earn much less, about 10,000-15,000 Rubles, so this sum will already be enough if you live in a dorm and spend mostly on food.
Shakam asks: I am visiting Moscow to a friend in late August. Want to spend 10 days in a 3 star hotel and with good facilities. want to have sight seeing movies and outing. Is 1,500 USD enough for 10 days trip? kindly help me in this. thank you.
Expert's answer:
In 2017, the average cost of living in a three-star hotel in Moscow is about 3,000-4,000 rubles per day (50-70 USD), so 500-700+ USD will be spent on accommodation only. The average check in a cafe can be up to 1,000 rubles, so you will spend about 20-30 thousand rubles on food (350-500 USD). 40 trips by subway cost 1,440 rubles (25 USD). So you are left with about 200-300 USD on everything else. I think that in order to feel more free in spending you need to have a total budget of about 2,000 USD.
Lois asks: How hard would it be for an American to live in Khanty-Mansiysk? Does anyone speak English?
Expert's answer:
Few locals can speak English and if you don't know Russian, it will not be easy for you. At the same time, you can find plenty of info about Khanty-Mansiysk in English online that definitely makes living in the city without knowledge of Russian language easier.
ROSALIE asks: DOES THE TRAFFIC DRIVE LIKE THE USA?
Expert's answer:
In general, the traffic rules in the US and Russia are not much different. If you are an experienced driver, then you should not have any difficulties. Also it should be noted that the roads in Russia are on average much worse than in the US, which makes them less safe, drivers in Russia are also less disciplined.
John asks: Why do Russian people try to get into an elevator which is already full of people who are trying to get out of it?
Expert's answer:
What an unusual question. I don't think that this behavior is inherent exclusively to the Russians, it is rather a question of bad manners and lack of respect for other people, which can occur in other countries too. In general, the level of respect for each other in Russia is often quite low, people only think about themselves and their needs.
Haneeta asks: Hi! We are planning to self drive around the Golden Ring from Moscow. Will Google maps/ GPS work well? Are the road signs in English?
Expert's answer:
Yes, Google Maps and GPS will work fine, the road signs are usually in both Russian and English (for example, the highway from Moscow to Vladimir). The following guides about traveling the Golden Ring by car will probably be useful too (first, second, third). You can use this service to translate the sites from Russian.
Yana asks: I am going to Moscow and Saint Petersburg for a week. Will anywhere about 20,000 rub be enough? Mind that, accomodation, train tickets and museum entrances are already paid. Thanks!
Expert's answer:
It turns out that you will spend money for the most part on food and transport. The average check in a cafe in Moscow is about 1,000-1,500 Rubles, in St. Petersburg - about 800-1,000 Rubles. The cost of 1 subway ticket in Moscow - 55 rubles. So I think that you will need more, something about 30,000+ Rubles. Of course, if you save on everything, buy groceries and cook yourself, 20,000 Rubles will be enough.
Amelia asks: I have a 100,000 rubles dated 1995. Is it worth anything? And can I trade for US currency?
Expert's answer:
This banknote is no longer a means of payment and you can not exchange it in a bank. It has a small collection value, about 10-15 USD. So you can just keep it as an interesting souvenir.
Floshka asks: I am going to Buryatia, Ulan-Ude for 3.5 weeks. However, I do not need to pay for lodging, I am staying at my friends place. How much money do I need then for expenses?
Expert's answer:
In 2016, the average salary in Ulan-Ude was about 400-500 USD per month. So this sum will already be enough to live in this city for almost one month as in your case.
Summer asks: My dad used to work overseas back in 90s. He has here a 1993 10,000 Russian rubles. Does it still has worth? If there is, could it still be changed here in the Philippines (or in any country)?
Expert's answer:
This banknote is not a valid means of payment and can not be exchanged. At current prices, it is 10 Russian rubles (about 0.2 US dollars). So you can just keep it as a souvenir.

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