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Ashmeet asks: I'm going to be coming to Russia in February for an exchange programme to work in a hospital. Is February a good month to have a social life in Russia even despite of the cold weather?
In winter there are definitely less opportunities, outdoor recreation is limited except for skiing, snowboarding. People spend most of their time indoors. Social life mostly takes place in cafes, night clubs, movie theaters, concerts, sports events, theaters, museums, etc. So if you want, you can always find something to do if you live in a city and not a small town.
eagle asks: How can I reach the center of Arkhangelsk from the airport Talagi by public means of transport? Thank You
According to the site of the airport, there is a regular bus (#12) running from the airport to the Arkhangelsk river station every 8-10 minutes.
Callum asks: I am going to Moscow in August and have 82434 Rubles. I was wondering if that would be enough for 2017.
Today, the usual salary in Moscow is about 50,000-60,000 Rubles per month, so this sum will be enough to live in the city for some time. If you mean a monthly salary of this size, then it is somewhat higher than the average salary.
Ray asks: Where is Biisk in reference to Barnaul?
Biysk is located 165 km south-east of Barnaul.
Charlie asks: Can a 1,000 ruble note of 1995 still be exchanged?
You can't exchange this banknote. Its nominal value is only 1 Ruble today. Although its collectible value is about 200-300 Rubles or 3-5 USD. So I think that you should just keep it as a nice souvenir.
Hirota asks: I'll be visiting Moscow in February for 5 days. I've got a free accommodation already, and I'm planning to be thrifty and probably bring about 6,000-9,000 RUB (100-150EUR). Would that be enough for one person or two? Mind you, I don't mind dining at very "local" places.
I think that it will be enough for 1 person and definitely not enough for 2. The cost of a unified public transport ticket (20 trips) is 700 rubles. Here is the list of relatively cheap cafes in Moscow
Romana asks: What about the end of August - is it also a good time to visit Yakutsk? Are there a lot of mosquitos in that period? Thanks :)
Yes, it is a good time to visit Yakutsk, although it is already a little bit chilly, the average temperature in August is about plus 15 degrees Celsius. The largest number of mosquitoes is observed in June and July, so in that sense it is also a good time.
Ali asks: How much does real roses cost in Novorossiysk? I want to buy my girlfriend 50 roses or 100 roses when I go there. How much will it be?
In Russia people traditionally give bouquets consisting of an odd number of flowers and it is very important, 51 or 101 roses in your case. The cost varies but in general it is about 80-100 USD and 160-200 USD.
Jake king asks: I'm going to Russia soon (Novorossiysk). How do I exchange money there? Do I have to have cash or can I also do it from my debit card?
You can use your debit Visa/Mastercard and it is a safer way than carrying cash. In case you choose cash, you should have new 100 USD bills to avoid possible problems with currency exchange in local banks.
Robert asks: I'm going to Samara, Russia this summer for five days. How much money should I take with me for expences? I'll be meeting a lady that I've been writing to for three months and we'll be going sight seeing and going out to dinner a few times so please factor that into your answer. Thanks.
The average cost of accommodation in hotels in Samara is about 2,000-3,000 rubles per night (30-50 USD) (December 2016). The average bill in local cafes is about 1,000 Rubles per person (15 USD). So your total expenses will start from about 600-700 USD. Of course this is a very rough estimate.