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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 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.
Nick asks: If I visit the Krasny Vympel in Vladivostok, how much ruble would that cost?
Expert's answer:
The cost of visiting this museum-ship is 50 rubles (less than 1 USD).
Jess asks: If 5 dollars can be exchanged for 141.85 Russian rubles, how many Russian rubles can be obtained for 1,800 dollars?
Expert's answer:
The current exchange rate is about 65 Russian Rubles per 1 USD, so 5 USD = 300+ Russian Rubles, 1,800 USD = 110,000+ Russian Rubles.
avery asks: Carol travels from France to Russia. She is going to spend six weeks vacationing in Russia. Carol is taking 1,700 Francs with her. How many Rubles will she have after the exchange?
Expert's answer:
The current exchange rate is about 66 Russian Rubles per 1 CHF. So 1,700 CHF is about 110,000 Rubles. The exchange rate at the airport may not be very good, so you should better exchange in banks. Also I would recommend to have USD instead of CHF, so that there are no exchange problems in banks.
Jerry asks: I have 31 100 rubles notes dated 1993. What is their collectible value?
Expert's answer:
These banknotes are no longer valid means of payment, so they can not be exchanged in banks. They have a small collection value, about 1-2 USD apiece, if they are in excellent condition.
Kim asks: Going to Sochi and staying at Russian Seasons Hotel. Can you recommend local restaurants with traditional/local menu and good prices?
Expert's answer:
We can't recommend any restaurant in particular, but check the following list of restaurants/cafes located in Sochi and nearby, there are map locations, a lot of reviews and additional info available.
Elina asks: Hi, i'm going to spend 3 days in Moscow and 3 days in St. Petersburg in may 2019; i want to know is 1500 rubles enough for food, transportation and entertainment per day? (For 1 person) and i will pay for train ticket (Moscow-st.p) before.
Expert's answer:

Here are some examples of prices in Moscow and St. Petersburg in 2018, so they will probably be a little higher in the spring of 2019.

1 metro ticket: 55 Rubles in Moscow and 45 Rubles in St. Petersburg. During one day you will most likely need at least 2 tickets, and possibly 4-6 depending on the places you are going to visit, so at least about 200-300 Rubles only for this purpose.

The cost of food can vary very much. The average check in fast food restaurants (McDonald's for example) is about 500-700 rubles, so if you will eat there, you will need about 1,500-2,000 per day.

About entertainment, if you mean museums/galleries, the average prices are in the range of about 200-500 Rubles per visit in Moscow. So I think that 1,500 per day won't be enough and you should better have something like 3,000-3,500 Rubles per day.

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