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Naveena asks: Can a 1,000 ruble note of 2001 still be exchanged?
Expert's answer:
These banknotes are still in circulation so you can use them as you want.
Marianella asks: I want to take a city-sightseeing tour, but I can't find this in Saransk, can you give me some other alternatives. I will travel to Russia because the World Cup, my question is if it is better change Euro or dollar? Thanks
Expert's answer:
You can use the following list of sights in Saransk. It doesn't matter if you bring USD or Euro because you still have to exchange them for rubles. It is not recommended to bring cash, it is better to use Visa/Mastercard debit cards, there are a lot of ATMs available. If you choose cash then you should avoid bringing old banknotes, for example 100 USD banknotes of the 2006 series and older, as there may be problem with exchange.
Mousa asks: I've heard that 100 USD 2006 series or unclean cashes with marks are not accepted in Russian exchange offices. Is that true?
Expert's answer:
Yes, it is recommended to bring new 100 USD banknotes in Russia if you want to exchange them in banks (better go to banks rather than exchange points to do it, much safer). It is often explained by the fact that the staff can not accurately ascertain the authenticity of older banknotes and accordingly may refuse to exchange.
Alexander asks: Hi I am leaving for Moscow soon. I will be taking 2000 USD, will it be enough? Staying for 10 days.
Expert's answer:
If the accommodation is not included in this sum, then this is more than enough to live in Moscow for 10 days, the average salary in the city is about 1,200-1,500 USD per month. Otherwise, it all depends on how much you spend on accommodation.
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.

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