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Scott asks: How rich is 7 million rubles a month. Does it make you in top percent?
Expert's answer:
7 million rubles a month is about 110 thousand USD. Most people in Russia earn between 20-40 thousand rubles a month. At the same time, there are about 246,000 dollar millionaires in Russia. So with this level of income, a person is considered rich in Russia and is in the top 1% of the population by income.
Les asks: I have a 1,000,000 Belarusian Ruble from 2000. Can it be exchanged? What is its value in USD?
Expert's answer:
You probably have the following banknote. You can't exchange it anymore, its collection value is in the range of about 5-20 USD. So you can just keep it as a nice souvenir.
FAGF asks: I'd wonder the distance between Kemerovo and Moscow and St. Petersburg
Expert's answer:
The distance from Moscow to Kemerovo is about 3,650 km, from St. Petersburg to Kemerovo - about 4,100 km.
Kent asks: I have a 100,000 ruble dated year 2000, what is it worth?
Expert's answer:
You probably have a banknote of 100,000 rubles of the Republic of Belarus and not Russia. In 2000, no such banknotes were issued in Russia. The collection value of it is about 20-40 US dollars.
Claire asks: I was told on a visit to Belgorid that only 5 buildings escaped destruction during the war. Can you tell me which buildings they are?
Expert's answer:
This may be true, I found only five old buildings in Belgorod in the descriptions of which it is said that they were not destroyed during the Second World War:
Russ asks: I am considering a trip to Syzran over the christmas period, 23 - 30 Dec 2019, is this possible, time to get a Visa?
Expert's answer:
It is a good time to visit Syzran, if light frost, usually around minus 10 degrees Celsius, doesn't bother you. New Year's bustle on the streets, although the main celebrations begin on the night of December 31. It takes about 2-3 weeks to get a visa, better check the site of the consulate/visa center in your country to get more details.
Yildiz asks: Hello! What is the average salary in St Petersburg and what is the range for renting a one bedroom flat or sharing? Thank you!
Expert's answer:
As of 2019, most people in Saint Petersburg earn in the range of about 40,000-50,000 Rubles per month. The price of long-term rental of 1 room apartment starts at 15,000 rubles per month.
Josh asks:

This may be sort of an obscure question, but I am looking to get a tattoo done in Moscow. The type of tattoo I am getting is known as a "blackout" tattoo. I will basically be getting an all black arm with some design, so that's a decent amount of ink with a fair amount of time for labor. (About 3 sessions or so) I was told that pricing would be 72,000 Rubles per session. Does this seem like a fair price?

I realize this is a niche type of tattoo, however, you have stated in other questions that average monthly income is 40,000-60,000. So I'm a little on guard. This would be about $1000 USD which would be average here but I'm not sure how it would translate there.

Expert's answer:
I think you should contact several tattoo parlors and compare the prices. Check this list of Top 10 Moscow Tattoo Parlors with their sites mentioned (the auto-translated version of this page).
Elena asks: I am a citizen of the US. Some of my descendants were Russian Jews (I am not sure how I can prove that) can I buy land there (Jewish Russia)? If so who would I contact?
Expert's answer:
Today, Jewish Autonomous Oblast is just a historical name, there are no special rights for Jews, their share in the total population is less than 1%. So in this region, as a foreigner, you have exactly the same rights to purchase land as in any other region of Russia.
John asks: What value of Russia 100 rubles 1993 banknote?
Expert's answer:
This banknote has a small collection value, about 2-3 USD. So you can just keep it as a nice souvenir.

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