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chris asks: Is there a ladies clothes shop in Syktyvkar, Komi Republic, Russia called "Reserved"
Expert's answer:
Yes, this shop is located in the shopping and entertainment center "Maxi". Its location on Google Maps.
Lynda asks: Hi I will be going to St. Petersburg for 5 days. How much cash should I set aside for food, transport, attractions? I intend to try out some of their nice cafes specialties, etc.
Expert's answer:
After reading some fresh reviews of travelers who stayed in St. Petersburg for a period of 5-7 days, I can say that the sum of about 30,000-40,000 rubles (500-600 USD) should be more than enough in your case (food, transportation, entertainment).
Ben asks: What type of ruble bill is commonly used? Is a 5000 ruble bill common to have in your wallet for example?
Expert's answer:
1,000, 500 and 100 rubles banknotes are the most frequently used. Today, 5,000 rubles is the largest banknote in Russia and is used less often in everyday life. Also, such payment methods as debit cards are becoming more and more common.
Tatsuya asks: Free train for FunID holder are all booked already from Moscow on June 19. Is there any other alternatives? or paid train?
Expert's answer:
I have checked the timetable of all trains running from Moscow to Saransk and all of them are booked on June 18 (you need to leave Moscow on June 18 to be in Saransk on June 19 before the match). There are several tickets available on June 17 and a lot on June 16. You can check the timetable yourself. There are some flights available from Moscow but also not on June 19.
Daren asks: Hello, I am doing a research project for the period of 1941 - 1944. I was told there was a city called Volkhostroi in Russia, however, I cannot find it on a map of the period. The only additional information I have is that it was 100 kilometres away from Leningrad. Does anyone know of this city?
Expert's answer:
Most likely you mean the town of Volkhovstroy located 140 km east of St. Petersburg. In 1940, it was renamed simply Volkhov. Google this name to find more info about it.
Walter asks: Hello again. How long it takes to travel from Moscow to Saransk by car? Is the road ok? can we trust google info?
Expert's answer:
It takes about 11 hours to go from Moscow to Saransk by car, the distance is about 689 km. We don't recommend long distance traveling around Russia by car. This is not safe, the quality of roads leaves much to be desired, plus drivers in Russia are not very disciplined. The safest and cheapest way is to go by train. Free trains will be available during the World Cup.
Walter asks: I want to travel to Saransk from Moscow, do you know if new flight connections will be added for the World Cup?
Expert's answer:
I haven't found any info about additional flights during the World Cup, but, at the moment, there is already a number of daily flights from Moscow to Saransk available, from all three major Moscow airports (Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, Vnukovo). You can find the timetable of flights on the site of the airport of Saransk. You can use this service to translate sites.
Chip asks: I would like to send mail from the US to an apt. I am not sure of the format. This is all I have: MXXXXXXX, Anna. 4252XX, Russia, Mari El republic, s. Azanovo, street Sovietskaya X,XX.
Expert's answer:
Your address is correct to send anything to Russia. It consists of two parts. To: The full name of the person. Address: postal code, full address.
Shura asks: How well can one live in Vladivostok on 11,000 Rubles per month? How well on 54,000 Rubles per month?
Expert's answer:
11,000 Rubles per month is not enough to live in Vladivostok. In 2017, the average salary in the city was about 50,000 Rubles per month. So 54,000 Rubles is a decent salary there.
Ashok Patel asks: Are there any currency exchange centers in Kyzyl?
Expert's answer:
You can exchange currency in local banks, here is the list of banks in Kyzyl. It is the safest way. You can translate sites using this service.

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