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Why we love Russia
Ah Russia, we love you and your Bruskis. You gave us words that make us sound like mobsters: “Da!” “Nyet!” “Babushka!”. You also gave us palaces, artistic angst and giant Soviet statues. There’s beautiful St Petersburg, the most European city in Europe (yep, we’re calling it).
A city filled with canals, ornate palaces, candy-looking basilicas and streets that are straight out of Dickens. Except they’re out of Dostoyevsky.
Then there’s Moscow, the home of Soviet relics, the Bolshoi Ballet and an underground system that is designed to be a palace for the people.
Finally there’s the Trans-Siberian Railway. An epic journey through forests and Siberian villages, past dumpling wielding babushkas and the odd camel.
Yes, camel. Your last stop before Mongolia? Beautiful Lake Baikal, home to Russia’s other specialties: vodka and saunas.
Most visits to Russia are trouble-free, but petty crime does happen in cities. Be alert to the possibility of mugging, pick pocketing and theft from vehicles or hotel rooms. Be wary of groups of women and children who beg.
In St Petersburg there have been reports of street crime where tourists have been specifically targeted. These crimes are carried out by well-organised gangs. Be aware of pickpockets in the main tourist areas and around the main railway concourses. Bogus police officers have harassed and robbed tourists. If you are stopped always insist on seeing identification.Avoid openly carrying expensive items, or anything that might easily identify you as a tourist. Avoid walking about late at night alone. Incidents of violence in major cities are usually linked to criminal/business activities and are not usually directed against foreign visitors.If you are travelling by overnight train in a sleeping compartment, store valuables in the container under the bed or seat. Don’t leave your sleeping compartment unoccupied as some compartments only have a simple lock on the sliding door. On some trains there may be an additional security device, which can be attached to the fitted handle/lock unit. There may also be a steel switch at head-height on the door panel which, when pulled down, prevents the closed door from being slid open.Don’t agree to look after the luggage of a fellow traveller or allow it to be stored in your compartment.
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