Get free answers from our Russian expert!

Ask your question:

Your name:

Your email (optional):

What would you like to ask:

The answer will be even faster if you kindly follow us on Twitter @RussiaTrek or post some tweets related to our site (just mention it in the question field).

Most recent or choose the topic: Adoption, Airports, Apartments, Archives, Army, Business, Cities, Citizenship, Costs, Cruises, Currency, Delivery, Distances, Driving, Ecology, Economics, Economy, Education, Enterprises, Entertainment, Flights, Flowers, Food, Genealogy, General, History, Holidays, Hotels, Hunting, Industries, Languages, Locations, Medicine, Misc, Money, Museums, Music, Nature, People, Photos, Politics, Post, Relatives, Religion, Roads, Safety, Salary, Sport, Study, Theaters, Trains, Transport, Travel, Visa, Wage, Weather, Work

Questions and answers:

NICK asks: Good Evening. I will plan to take a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg for a period of 8 days with a tourist visa. Can I use a Credit Card or a Debit card for my daily food expenses?
Expert's answer:
In most of the cafes and restaurants in Moscow and St. Petersburg, you can use your debit card (Visa/Mastercard) to pay for the order. However, sometimes there are situations when you can be told that the card payment terminal is broken and you should pay in cash. So we recommend that you also have a certain amount of cash just in case.
Krista asks: I would like to ask firstly where to find my mums Birth records. She was born then called (sorry for the spellings) Siberia, Tomsk, Krevoshanya, small place called Yelezaryeva. And secondly - my nan was born on the 1932 in Saratov, think it was the NORKA. Can someone please direct me where to start? Thank you in advance
Expert's answer:
You should try to get in contact with the state archives of the Tomsk region and the Saratov region. You can use Google Translate to translate sites automatically.
Rys asks: Hello, asking about Paratunka, Kamchatka. What app should I use to find prices in all small hotels and motels in there? And is there any ATMs in there? or better take out money in PK? Thank you
Expert's answer:
Check the following lists of hotels available in Paratunka, Kamchatka (first, second, third). You should better take cash (Russian rubles) as the number of ATMs is minimal (found only 1).
Vadim asks: Hello. I will be at Moscow for one week in August. Will 600$ be enough for living there for this time. My planned activities are the following: night live, museums, metro,...
Expert's answer:
As of February 2019, 600 USD is about 40,000 Rubles. Most people in Moscow earn about 40,000-60,000 Rubles per month. So if this sum doesn't include accommodation than it will be more than enough for one week. Of course we are not talking about visiting expensive restaurants and nightclubs.
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.

Sponsored Links: