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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.
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.
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.
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.
william asks: I'm looking for Theater street in Ivanovo Russia 153000. Is there such a street?
Expert's answer:
Yes, there is Teatralnaya Street in Ivanovo, you can see on Google Maps. Also, 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. Otherwise you are doing it on your risk.
Lana asks: Can you please direct me to photos of Pionerskaya Ulitsa and 25 Sentyabrya (25th of September street) in Smolensk?
Expert's answer:
I haven't found photos of Pionerskaya Street in Smolensk, just this satellite view. You can "walk" 25 Sentyabrya Street yourself here.
Joseph asks: Hi!! Is there a keep luggage service in the train station or another place in Saransk?
Expert's answer:
The railway station in Saransk offers this service. Also I would recommend not to leave any of your documents, tickets, cards, cash in your luggage just in case.
sergio asks: I have 23 ruble bill form 1909, any value.
Expert's answer:
You probably mean a bill of 25 rubles. It does not cost much, in excellent condition - no more than about 20 USD.
John asks: Has the new St. Michael Cathedral in Arkhangelsk been finished and consecrated? Thank you. John
Expert's answer:
Finishing works will continue throughout this winter, the latest photos from the construction site.
dan asks: Where is Sheshurga from Kirov?
Expert's answer:
Sheshurga is a very small village with a population of about 100 people located 250 km south-west of Kirov. Sheshurga on Google Maps.
Peter asks: How do I make a cell phone call to Kungur, Russia? I have tried and seem to be missing a city code or country code. Please let me know what I have to input in my cell phone.
Expert's answer:
If you want to call a landline (probably home) phone, the number will look like this: +7 34271 x xx xx (where x xx xx is a five-digit phone number and +7 34271 - the phone code of Russia plus the phone code of Kungur). If it is about calling a local cell phone, then the owner of it should give you the full eleven-digit number and it is all you need.
Andrew asks: Where is Eletskii in the Republic of Komi. It is a small village.
Expert's answer:
Eletskiy is an urban village with a population of about 700 people located south of Vorkuta. Eletskiy on Google Maps
Lois asks: How hard would it be for an American to live in Khanty-Mansiysk? Does anyone speak English?
Expert's answer:
Few locals can speak English and if you don't know Russian, it will not be easy for you. At the same time, you can find plenty of info about Khanty-Mansiysk in English online that definitely makes living in the city without knowledge of Russian language easier.
Summer asks: My dad used to work overseas back in 90s. He has here a 1993 10,000 Russian rubles. Does it still has worth? If there is, could it still be changed here in the Philippines (or in any country)?
Expert's answer:
This banknote is not a valid means of payment and can not be exchanged. At current prices, it is 10 Russian rubles (about 0.2 US dollars). So you can just keep it as a souvenir.
eagle asks: How can I reach the center of Arkhangelsk from the airport Talagi by public means of transport? Thank You
Expert's answer:
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.
bob asks: Can I send letters from the USA to Omsk?
Expert's answer:
Yes, you can easily do it. Just write the correct address on the envelope. For example, it will look something like this: To: Ivanov Ivan Ivanovich Address: 644000 (the main postal code of Omsk), Russia, Omskaya oblast, Omsk, Lenina Street, 1 (the house number), 1 (the apartment number).
waz asks: Hi. I have to visit russia soon. I have a medical illness, the side effect of which is that I have become very Obese in recent years. I am wondering, how will I fare with the seats in railways and restaurant booths, and are disability washrooms available. I have go to Moscow for a week to see my wifes' parents and I am a bit worried about it all. As a westernerI fear I may be a target for being mocked and robbed.
Expert's answer:
Unfortunately, your doubts are not groundless. The level of culture in this respect and the availability of special facilities is quite low in Russia. It would be better if you had a person that could accompany you during your trip (maybe your wife?). Moscow as a huge city is a little more tolerant but has its dangers too.
Zepphoria asks: I have a 50000 Russian note, the date seems to be 2000, down on the right hand corner? in good condition, is it worth anything and is out of circulation?
Expert's answer:
50,000 rubles banknotes were in circulation in Russia from 1995 to 1997. Perhaps you have 50,000 Belorussian rubles that were issued in 2000. The pictures of all 50,000 banknotes. None of them are in circulation now and don't worth much. So you can keep it as a nice souvenir.
John asks: My great-grandfathers naturalization papers list his birthplace as Balanicuta, Russia. I can find nothing, including alternate spellings. Any help you can offer?
Expert's answer:
I haven't found anything about this place. But if you can send me a picture of how it is spelled in Russian then I will try to find it again.
Alan asks: What is the time difference between the UK and Orenburg?
Expert's answer:
The time difference between Orenburg and the UK is 4 hours.
Wilmot asks: Do Russian railways have English speaking ticket staff? Many thanks.
Expert's answer:
I would not count on it. You can find some info about tickets on the official site of Russian Railways.
Rob S asks: What year did Barnaul become sister city to Flagstaff Arizona USA?
Expert's answer:
I haven't found the exact date. Even Jerry Nabours, the current mayor of Flagstaff, in his interview to the family from Barnaul that visited Flagstaff in 2015, said that he thought a lot about this issue, trying to find any information in open sources and archives of Flagstaff, but didn't find, whose initiative it was. Probably it happened in the 1950s-1960s.
Mouusa asks: Is it possible to buy a property in Grozny, for a foreigner.
Expert's answer:
You should get in contact with the real estate agencies in Grozny. The following service can be used to automatically translate the sites.
Mystery asks: Can you tell me exactly how much it would cost to buy a movie ticket is Russia?
Expert's answer:
The price of a movie ticket in Russia starts from about 150 rubles, the average price is about 200-250 rubles.
Jack asks: The coat of arms of Krasnodar krai has five banners with monograms. Which Tsars are represented by these monograms?
Expert's answer:
The banners have the monograms of the following Russian Emperors (from left to right): Alexander I, Catherine II, Alexander II, Paul I, Nicholas I. It is almost a copy of the coat of arms of the Kuban region that existed in the Russian Empire.
Virginia asks: I have Russia USSR Soviet Union Notes dated 1951 and I have $3,244 worth. Is it worth any thing? I have $3, $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200
Expert's answer:
In general, the value of these notes is not high, there are a lot of them in circulation. You can find some info about the prices on the following site.
Andrea asks: Who is the leader or in charge of the city of Ufa?
Expert's answer:
Since 2012, Yalalov Irek Ishmuhametovich is the head of the Administration of Ufa.
jennifer asks: What are the names of the hospitals in Podolsk? What are the addresses of those hospitals?
Expert's answer:
You can find the following list of Podolsk hospitals helpful. This service can be used to translate sites from Russian.
Tom asks: I am planning to visit Russia as a tourist. I am a former Russian linguist in the U.S. military when I was in my twenties so I can still speak and understand some Russian. I am now retired. If people there ask me how I know Russian, will I be viewed with suspicion if I tell them my background? I don't want to attract attention.
Expert's answer:
In the current situation, I think that your doubts concerning this matter are not groundless. If you don't mention your army past, you will certainly attract less attention, so it would be a smart move.
bill asks: I have been talking with a girl from Yoshkar Ola for over nine months, we met in person and spent 8 really nice days together, now that we have returned I want her to come to America and she also wants to spend more time with me. So what are the chances to receive a visa? Also it was very respectful and I was happy for that but I wonder if Russian girls are a bit stand offish about holding hands or regular physical contact
Expert's answer:
It is true that the US officials can be very strict when issuing visas. You should check the site of the US embassy in Russia to get the latest info. About the second question, all this is very individual and depends largely on the person.
sue asks: I have rubles dated 1993 (500 and 100) and from 1995 (50000 and 1000) are this still good I mean to they ever go out of date? I want to convert them to us currency?
Expert's answer:
These banknotes are not valid any more. You can keep them as nice souvenirs.
James asks: Are there any small villages around Ekaterinburg called Pestovo?
Expert's answer:
I have found several "Pestovo" villages in Russia, but none is located near Ekaterinburg or even in the Sverdlovsk region.
Alexander asks: Today, I surfed at Google maps and I found an 800 km long stripe which consists out of 3 lines of trees starting south of Penza and ending in Borodino near Belaja Kalitwa. What is that about? Spasibo.
Expert's answer:
It is a state windbreak Belaya Kalitva - Penza (708.5 km). You can use this service to translate the page from Russian.
willain asks: Is Ivanovo a good place for partying? i mean are there nice bars and clubs? thanks
Expert's answer:
There is a number of night clubs, bars and restaurants in Ivanovo.
Joe asks:

I am seriously studying Russian, online only, to prepare for a trip this September to Khabarovsk, because the schedule and fare is better than to Vladivostok.

My question is about Russian language classes at a univ. there. While I am there in your city can I meet someone at one of the univ. to discuss Russian language classes in eary 2015?

Expert's answer:
Pacific National University located in Khabarovsk offers several Russian language courses. You can try to get in contact with the School of Social Studies and Humanities of the university, they definitely have the latest info about the courses available.
Noel Arellano asks: How do I address a letter to someone in Kirov from Texas?
Expert's answer:
The address will look something like this: To: person's name (for example, Ivanova Elena Nikolayevna). Address: 610000 (the postal code of Kirov), Russia, Kirovskaya oblast, Kirov, Lenina Street, 120 (a house number), 35 (an apartment number).
Danielle asks: Would 15,000 rubels be enough spending money in Russia for 3 days?
Expert's answer:
Yes, it will be enough. Just for comparison, the average salary in Russia is about 30,000 Rubles per month.
Amy asks: How far is the city from the recent bombings? Are there any extra security measures being taken in Kras?
Expert's answer:
If you mean Krasnoyarsk, it is located far away from Volgograd (about 4,130 km), no extra security measures there. But if it is Krasnodar, it is located 710 km southwest of Volgograd, not far away from Sochi and Northern Caucasus republics. And in these regions, especially because of the Olympics, additional security measure are adopted.
Gilles asks: Hello, I'd be interested to know what memories of Anatoly Karpov the inhabitants have. What was he like as a boy? When did he leave Zlatoust? Thank you
Expert's answer:
Anatoly Karpov left Zlatoust at the age of 14 (in 1965). The family moved to Tula. He was studying for 7 years in Zlatoust school #3 (1-7 grades). You can try to contact this school to get more info.
David asks: How did the city get a German name?
Expert's answer:
Orenburg was founded at the times of the Empress Anna Ioannovna. And her reign is known for great influence of foreigners on Russian politics. It also affected the names of new cities.
Xavier asks: How many digit number are in a cell phone in Volgograd?
Expert's answer:
The number of digits in a cell phone number in Russia is 11, starting with 8 or +7.
fabio asks: I want to know news and information of the village Ludorvay. I thank you in advance
Expert's answer:
I have found the following article about Ludorvay village. The site of Ludorvay museum-reserve. You can use the following service to translate the sites from Russian.
Bill asks: I would like a contact phone number of local notari offices in Stavropol. Thanks in advance
Expert's answer:
I have found the following list of Stavropol notaries that may be useful.
TJ asks: I have been communicating with a woman from Orenburg. She says she wants to work in the US and is talking about meeting me and wants to come to my city. It sounds like a scam. What is the process for obtaining a work visa for the US?
Expert's answer:
You can find official info on the site of the US embassy in Russia. Also our advice is not to send any help to a person in Russia before you are absolutely sure that this person is real. All the costs are not so high that can stop someone from coming to you especially if you help afterwards.
Alan asks: I write to woman from Izhevsk from internet, will it be safe to meet her, I am from the UK
Expert's answer:
Not sure about what do you mean by "safe" but if you have concerns maybe you should ask her to come to you in the UK. If you are not 100% sure that she is real, I can recommend not to send any help before she arrives to you.
Phil asks: What is the most popular place for dancing in Tula? Or most the popular licensed club? What's the nearest airport to Tula and how far away is it?
Expert's answer:
I have found the following list of night clubs in Tula. The city is located near Moscow (about 180 km), so the closest large international airports are located there (Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo).
Andrew asks: Is Russia planning on building a railroad to Alaska through the Bering Strait?
Expert's answer:
There is no specific plan for the construction of the tunnel, but there are a lot of discussions about the possibility, costs, economic efficiency etc. Here is a nice article summarizing the history and the present state of the project and some maps and pictures that may be interesting. This service to translate from Russian.
Judy Halpin asks: What is the population of Dubki village, Tula Region ? My son was born there as I would like as much information of the area as possible.
Expert's answer:
I haven't found any info about the population of Dubki. Here is the map location of this village.
sharon asks: Is Chelyabinsk university in the same city where the radiation leak was in 1957
Expert's answer:
Chelyabinsk State University is located in Chelyabinsk. Radiation leakage occurred in another city - Chelyabinsk-40 (known as Ozersk today).
Daryl asks: Is there a restaurant called "Jumanji" in Ufa? Contact details?
Expert's answer:
This restaurant is not mentioned in any of the lists of Ufa restaurants available online.
Jerry asks: Is there a Byelorussian language or do they speak Russian in Byelorussia?
Expert's answer:
There are two official languages in Belarus: Belarusian and Russian. According to the national survey conducted in 2009, for the majority of the population (72%), the main language used in everyday life is Russian.
jerry asks: I am a fan of the Kamaz truck plant, but I can never find it's design capacity for chassis.Apparently it was designed in soviet days to make 150,000 trucks a year plus it seems it was to supply chassis to truck plants in neftekamsh and Tuimazy, 40,000 and 10,000 respectively, so was it's design capacity 200,000 chassis?
Expert's answer:
You should check the official site of KAMAZ.
Michael asks: I note that you have found the address of a restaurant called "Jumanji" in Orenburg. have you also got their email address? Thank you.
Expert's answer:
Unfortunately I could not find the email of this restaurant.
Beth asks: What's the difference between and oblast, okrug, and krai?
Expert's answer:
Today, there is no legal difference between "oblast" and "krai" in Russia. Here is an article about the federal structure of Russia.
danny asks: Is there an travel agency called ... that would provide a visa and tickets to come to the United States?
Expert's answer:
Unfortunately, we don't provide services related to verifying information about companies or people in Russia. You can try to contact Russian detective agencies.
Kate Miller asks: Where would I find information on mining and metal work in the Perm region in the early 1800s? I am especially interested in the kinds of labor involved and the resulting products. Thank you.
Expert's answer:
I haven't found any info about this issue. You can try to contact Perm Regional Museum of Local Lore and maybe they will be able to help you.
Sophie Cheval asks: i've got e.mail of library but google can't find it. Is it changed?
Expert's answer:
Here is the contacts page of Kalmykia National Library located in Elista.
Janella asks: Is there a restaurant "Jumanji" in Orenburg? Do you know the address?
Expert's answer:
Yes, there is such restaurant in Orenburg (Kirova Street, 33). Contact phones: +7 3532 58 05 55, +7 3532 77 57 15.
David asks: Is there a travel agency called RuColumb near Kirov or Kirs?
Expert's answer:
Unfortunately, we don't provide services related to verifying information about companies located in Russia.
Joel Lorenz asks: How far is the airport from Kondinsky. some more info on that town, thanks.
Expert's answer:
There is an airport in Kondisnkoye, but the closest large airports are the ones of Tyumen and Khanty-Mansyisk. The closest railway station is in 183 km, so it is not an easy task to get there. Here is the map location of Kondinskoye and an article about the village.
gerard asks: What are the contacts of Orel city mayor?
Expert's answer:
I have found the official site of Orel city administration, the contact email is
derek asks: How do i send an email from English to Russian translation and it actually make it to its destination?
Expert's answer:
You can automatically translate you letter from English to Russian with this service.
emakpo asks: I would like to visit a girl in Marakulino and would like to know all about this town or city, e.g population, places of interest, how much it cost to go there, hotels, where to take a girl for dinner etc. Thanks.
Expert's answer:
I haven't found a lot of info about Marakulino. In 2010, it was a very small village with a population of 34 people located in Kirov oblast.
chris asks: Are the banks open on Sunday?
Expert's answer:
Most of the banks are closed on Sunday.
Bob asks: Can you tell me in English what words Transib drivers use for the four American railroad terms below? ...
Expert's answer:
I think you should people from the following site devoted to Russian railways.
bob radway asks: How did the Barnaulka River get its name? Which language? How do you pronounce Barnaul? Which syllable is stressed?
Expert's answer:
Here is an article about the origin of Barnaul name. As for the pronunciation of Barnaul, the last syllable is stressed like Bar-na-Ul.
Crystal asks: I hear Russian say, if any foreigners go to Russia, they should go to Kazan. Because Kazan really do not like skinheads and they don't tolerance racism. The last time a skinhead try to go there they are several beaten. Is this true? I would love to go to Russia and learn the language. I am a Eurasian Native American and I have dark hair and skin. If I ever go to Russia, I would bring my dad a long and he is white, would he have problems there if he went with me?
Expert's answer:
You are right, Kazan is among the cities where the level of skinheads activity is low. You will not have problems if your dad goes with you.
bob asks: Is there a mall in Kyzyl?
Expert's answer:
The following list of malls located in Kyzyl will probably be useful.
VINCE COMLEY asks: What is the postal code for Mubaryakova Street, Ufa? Thanks.
Expert's answer:
The postal code of Mubaryakova Street in Ufa is 450092, except for the even houses 2-10 - 450103.
Dolores Skinner asks: How close geographically is Volgograd to Moscow? I would like to correspond with anyone interested in learning about home life here.
Expert's answer:
Volgograd is located about 969 kilometers south-east of Moscow (by roads).
dave asks: Hello. How do I travel to the area around Utmanovo in the Kirov oblast? Can I navigate that trip as a foreigner speaking only English?
Expert's answer:
The village of Utmanovo is located in the northern part of the Kirov region, there is a regular bus running from Kirov to Utmanovo 4 times a week. Almost all road signs are on Russian, so I am not sure if it will be an easy task to find the right road yourself.
henry asks: hi where is the mongolian region and population in Russia. Or on Russian map?thank you
Expert's answer:
There is no a separate Mongolian region in Russia, the total population of the Mongols living in the country is only about 3,000.
joao batista asks: What language is used in Chuvashia?
Expert's answer:
There are two state languages in Chuvashia: Chuvash and Russian.
David asks: Where is the Chelyabinsk regional geological museum that is mentioned on your website located? I am interested in minerals of the Urals an would like to visit this museum.
Expert's answer:
The address of Chelyabinsk Geological Museum is Truda Street, 98.
Nancy asks: Is there a memorial in Tula city for the miners that were sent to Chernobyl?
Expert's answer:
Yes, there is such a memorial in Tula. It was opened in April 2002 to perpetuate the memory of about 3,500 Tula miners who took part in the liquidation of the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster. Here is the photo of the memorial.
henry asks: After 2010 census, does want to put some results, for example, Russian 83% or Ukranian 2,9% something like that? thanks
Expert's answer:
We will publish the most interesting results of the All-Russia Population Census 2010 as soon as the results are available.
Penni asks:

Hi there, is it true that in Russia that if you do something your parents do not want you to do, they will disown you?

And is it also true that you're not normally allowed to sleep over at someone elses house?

Expert's answer:

I think every situation is unique and maybe in some cases it is possible (in most cases it is on the level of just emotions but not legal documents).

It depends on the situation of course and the relations of the people involved, like if it is a party of friends they can stay till morning to have a sleep, etc. Of course the less you know the host of the house, the less are your chances that he/she will be glad and allow you to stay at night, but I think it is not a unique way of behavior. In most cases you are right it is not allowed.

philip asks: is izhevsk safe for i know a woman who lives there im travelling alone.
Expert's answer:
There is an answer to a similar question on Izhevsk city page in the section about the questions of our visitors.
Bobby Bradbery asks: I am visting Russia next month. Can i bring a small amount of Russian currency home (USA)?
Expert's answer:
Yes you can. The restrictions start at the amount of money equivalent to 10,000 USD.
vandeir silva asks: Why the city of Ivanovo is known as "the city of brides"?
Expert's answer:

The origin of the well-known throughout Russia phrase that Ivanovo is "the city of brides" is the following. In one of the Soviet movies the famous Russian artist Andrey Mironov was singing a song where this phrase was mentioned "I will go to Ivanovo and Ivanovo is the city of brides".

The reason is that Ivanovo is historically one of the centers of Russian textile industry, so there are numerous textile enterprises in the city. The main employees in such enterprises are young women.

Fred van halm asks: Hello, Is there an airport near the city Ivanovo. And please tell me if there is a factory, in that town, perhaps a small one with the name "M-Video" in Ivanovo. Please the adress of "M-video" With respect Fred
Expert's answer:
There is an airport, but only the flights to/from Moscow are available. And as for M-Video, it is one of the largest Russian household electronics retailer, there is a store in Ivanovo too (Lezhnevskaya Street, 55, phones: +7 4932 93 70 20, +7 800 200 777 5).
jake asks: Where is the polyclinic in Kanash?
Expert's answer:
Here are the contacts of Kanash hospital: Pavlova Street, 10, phone: 8 835 332 26 55.
Pete Estrada asks: How many American citizens live in Kazan?
Expert's answer:
Unfortunately I couldn't find this info, I am not sure that there is official statistics, but you can try to contact the embassy of the US in Russia.
steve asks: What is the correct name for the area in Russia that sounds like 'tiger'? I believe it is a forested or tundra in Siberia, thanks
Expert's answer:
I think you mean the word "taiga". This biome is characterized by prevalence of coniferous forests and a large number of marshes. Taiga occupies most of Russia.
henry asks: I want to say thank you about everything ..information..maps and all this good i have more information about the best country around the world...Russia in my heart
Expert's answer:
You are welcome!
richard asks: Is there a street in Samarovo called Lenina?
Expert's answer:

I am not sure which Samarovo you mean. The first one is in Yaroslavl oblast but it is abandoned today. The other one was a village at the place where the city of Khanty-Mansiysk was founded (the village became part of the city in 1950).

B. Duncalf asks: I am trying to trace a name, Leon-Noel Muryshkin that I found in a book Dated April 14th 1969.
Expert's answer:
Unfortunately I haven't found any info about this person.
DUNCAN ASHLEY asks: Dear Sir,can you tell me if the pskov police send policeman/women and there families to mexico in may 2010 and if so is this paid by the russian government?and for what purpose is this for please Thank you Duncan Ashley
Expert's answer:
Unfortunately I couldn't find info about this trip in Russian news, so I can't provide any details. If you have a link to an article about it, please let me know and I can find more info.
nyla asks: How big is the port of Kazan and can it handle large oil tankers?
Expert's answer:
Kazan river port is the largest one in the Volga region. The port operates for 57 km up the Volga River, 123 km down the Volga, 340 km up the Kama River. The port accepts Kuznetsky coal, building materials, industrial goods, food products. There is no infrastructure for large oil tankers or container ships. Also I am not sure if these ships can reach Kazan port because of the numerous hydro power stations built on the Volga.
henry asks:

How many Tatars in Ural and Siberia and Far East in 2010?

Which Russian cars more strong Lada or others? In my country all cars are Japanese German.....Why Russia doesn't put Russian cars for sell to outside Russia? Thanks

Expert's answer:

Here are the regions of Russia where almost all Russian Tatars live:

  • Tatarstan - about 2,000,000
  • Bashkortostan Republic - 990,000
  • Chelyabinsk oblast - 205,000
  • Ulyanovskaya oblast - 169,000
  • Sverdlovskaya oblast - 168,000
  • Moscow city - 166,000
  • Orenburg oblast - 166,000
  • Perm krai - 136,000
  • Samara oblast - 128,000
  • Udmurtia Republic - 109,000
  • Khanty-Mansy region - 108,000
  • Tyumen oblast - 107,000
  • Penza oblast - 86,000
  • Astrakhan oblast - 71,000
  • Saratov oblast - 58,000

All other Russian regions have the total Tatar people population of about 500,000.

And the question about Russian cars. The problem is that the quality and the technological level of them, if we are speaking about original Russian cars like Lada, Volga, are very low and the cost is medium so Russian cars can't compete in foreign markets.

peter unali asks: I am trying to find a woman by the name of Sofia, who owns a hat shop in Omsk. I would like her phone number and address if it is possible.
Expert's answer:
I have found two hats shops in Omsk but no info about the owners, so you can try to contact them on your own and maybe you will be lucky to find Sofia. The first one is the hat shop "Sandy", the contact phones are +7 3812 313334 and +7 3812 764780; the second one is the hat shop "Stevy", the contact phone is +7 3812 242268. Good luck!
henry asks: Somebody says ..after 40 or 50 years almost everybody in Russia are Chines and Moslems because Russian people dont make children .....this is true? thanks
Expert's answer:
There are various possible scenarios of what will the population of Russia be in the future including the one you have mentioned. In 1993-2009, according to statistics, the total population of Russia decreased by 6,6 millions.
adrian asks: Is volgograd a big city does it have web cam access most places thank you.
Expert's answer:
Yes, Volgograd is a large city with a population of more than 1 million people. But the network of web cams is not well developed. They are rare and in most cases are placed not in the most attractive for visitors places like the following ones: Vologograd web cams.
henry asks: After 2002 census ...did russia have any other census or not?
Expert's answer:
You are right, the latest the All-Russian Population Census was in 2002. But the next one will be this year (2010).
simon asks: Why is it called Russia?
Expert's answer:

Rus' is the historical name of the lands of the Eastern Slavs and their state known as Kievan Rus'. It was first used as a name of the state in the text of the Russian-Byzantine Treaty of 911. Earlier documents mention the ethnonym Rus as the name of the people.

According to the chronicler of the "Tale of Bygone Years", the name came from the Varangians of the tribe of Rus, who were called by the Novgorod Slavs as a military squad in 862.

In the 15th-16th centuries, the Hellenized name "Rosia" was assigned to the Russian lands, which were united in a single state under the Moscow Principality. The present spelling of the word - with two letters "s" - appeared in the middle of the 17th century.

Cathy asks: What is the name of the building in Maykop that has a sculpture that looks like a dandelion in a reflecting pool?
Expert's answer:
I couldn't find the answer myself so I asked several people from Maykop and I will publish the answer if I receive it. Also if you have a picture of the sculpture or the building it will be helpful.
David asks: I would love to visit Russia someday, however, sometimes read that it is not safe for Americans to come to Russia. They get robbed, beaten up, or killed. Is this true?
Expert's answer:

In general it is safe enough to visit Russia, especially if you stay with your group and don't walk alone late at night.

Also it should be mentioned that most incidents occur in the largest cities like Moscow and Saint-Petersburg and if we speak about provincial towns of Russia the level of threat is not high.

We have a special article about peculiarities of traveling to Russia that also maybe interesting and useful for you.

Don asks: To what extent was plattdeutsch common to the area around Ekaterinoslav in Russia at the turn of the century?
Expert's answer:
First of all Ekaterinoslav (Dnipro) is a city in Ukraine. I couldn't find info how common was plattdeutsch in the area. The only fact available is that the Germans participated in building large metallurgic plants in the area.

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