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Peter asks: I'm going to study in Russia (Ryazan or St. Petersburg), I'm also getting a dorm, how much money will I spend per month on food?
Expert's answer:
Your food expenses will be in the range of about 10-15 thousand rubles per month (150-230 USD). Here is a good article about prices in Russia.
Cyndy asks: Can I still use the 100,000 1995 Russian ruble note?
Expert's answer:
This note is no longer in circulation and you can't exchange it in banks. It has a small collection value (about 2-5 USD). So you can just keep it as a nice souvenir.
Andrea asks: How much does the egg cost in Russia
Expert's answer:
As of February 2019, the average retail price of a pack of 10 eggs in Russia is in the range of about 60-100 rubles (1-1.5 USD).
benjamin asks: I meet some girl by internet and she is from Kirov and she asks me to send money to get the visa to USA. How much is the cost for the visa and she told me about the American embassy need have monetary funds
Expert's answer:
Here is official info about obtaining a US visa in Russia. As we receive a lot of similar requests, our advice is not to send any help to a person in Russia before you are absolutely sure that this person is real. At least talk to this person several times via Skype with a webcam turned on or better meet the person in Russia. Otherwise you are doing it on your risk.
Mostafa asks: How much does it cost to buy an apartment in Saransk in 2019?
Expert's answer:
I have checked the lists of apartments for sale in Saransk as of January 30, 2019. Most of the prices of new apartments with 1 living room are in the range of about 1,500,000-2,000,000 Rubles (25,000-30,000 USD).
Igor asks: Hey, I have 1 and 5 ruble bank notes from 1947 and 25 10 5 3 and 1 from 1961. Just curious could they be of any worth?
Expert's answer:
In general, none of these bills cost much. Depending on their condition, the price may vary significantly. 1 Ruble 1947 - 5-15 USD, 5 Rubles 1947 - 20-100 USD (the most valuable one), 1 Ruble 1961 - 0.5-1 USD, 3 Rubles 1961 - 1-2 USD, 5 Rubles 1961 - 3-4 USD, 10 Rubles 1961 - 3-4 USD, 25 Rubles 1961 - 2-3 USD. So you can just keep them as nice Soviet souvenirs.
Hi asks: What is the crime rate in St. Petersburg?
Expert's answer:
Here are some official figures. In 2017, the total number of crimes registered in St. Petersburg was about 50,000: murders and attempted murders - 198, thefts - 19,000, drugs - 12,000, burglaries - 1,900, robbery attacks - 400, rapes - 51. According to Europe: Crime Index 2018 by NUMBEO, St. Petersburg has almost the same Crime and Safety Indexes as Berlin, Germany.
Helena asks: Do any of the museums in Orel Russia have explanations about exhibits in English?
Expert's answer:
I checked the photos of the exhibits in the main museums of Oryol and it seems that all explanations are only in Russian. As a possible solution to this problem, you can use an application for your smartphone, for example, Google Translate, that automatically translates the text.
Ruth asks: My grandmother was born in Krasnodar in either 1899 or 1900. How would I obtain her birth certificate?
Expert's answer:
You should try to contact the State Archives of the Krasnodar region, the contact email is gakk@adm.krasnodar.ru You can use Google Translate to automatically translate the site.
Leo and Baby-Joe asks: Who is on the 500 Ruble... Also what/where is the picture on the back of the note.
Expert's answer:
Check the post in our blog devoted to this topic: Russian banknotes and the sights depicted on them.

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