Has anyone here been to Russia since the war started?

Americans here and I want to visit my gf in St. Petersburg. I browsed reddit for recent threads on traveling to SPb and it’s all a bunch of seething Russia haters saying that there’s nothing worth seeing, that you’ll get arrested a la Brittany Griner, and that Estonia and Helsinki are better.

Any recent trip reports from Westerners?

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  1. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    >since the war started
    Nothing that would affect you as a tourist has changed.
    >you’ll get arrested a la Brittany Griner
    Just don't bring drugs over (you can get them here if you're feeling adventurous).
    >Estonia and Helsinki are better
    Estonia is nice, but there's probably 10x more things to see and and do in SPb and its immediate surroundings. Helsinki is just dull.

    t. Russian

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Nothing that would affect you as a tourist has changed.
      Not being able to use cards to pay or withdraw cash is kind of a biggie. I guess as a Russian you don't even know what that is.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        >I guess as a Russian you don't even know what that is.
        As a Russian all of my Visas and Mastercards were extended indefinitely and continue working seamlessly thanks to our globohomo-proof clearing system. Your third world woes are literally not my problem.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          so if I went there as a tourist, my debit cards from abroad would work just fine?

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            Yes, if your debit cards aren't issued in the West.

  2. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    Everyone loves myanmar, what do you know?

    The word I got is that the ukraine war is tiny and none of it is being fought in Russia at all. Russia is also the biggest country in the world, so distant to ukraine in most parts.

    Really the issue is low tourism after covid and poor economic situation. Rubble is back to to 90/USD.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      >word i got
      my guy it takes like 2 minutes of searching even if you know nothing about the whole issue to find out 99.99% of russia is unaffected (minus new territories)

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        >new territories
        You mean the far east?

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Well no it's not tiny, it's the biggest war in Europe since WW2 and like 50 thousand Russians have dies in less than 2 years. Imagine Vietnam, but on steroids. But a westerner can still visit Russia no problem, it's not North Korea.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        >50,000
        a little low imo. numbers vary widely from russian and ukrainian "sources", but if you look at most approximations from both sides, I think it's closer to 100,000 dead russians and 60,000-70,000 dead ukrainians

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Rubble is back to to 90/USD.

      There is no free exchange of rubble so it's not back to anything. At best we don't know what's the actual value, it's most likely not pretty for the russians. All that talk about dedolarisation and what did that do for them? Stuck with piles of indian rupee they don't know what to do with.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        They must be shitting brics right now.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          kek

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          >

          https://i.imgur.com/TALWM8v.jpg

          kek
          >File: 1681914014100161.png (135 KB, 350x350)
          >

          >Rubble is back to to 90/USD.

          There is no free exchange of rubble so it's not back to anything. At best we don't know what's the actual value, it's most likely not pretty for the russians. All that talk about dedolarisation and what did that do for them? Stuck with piles of indian rupee they don't know what to do with.
          >They must be shitting brics right now.

          The ruble is rubble.

          Used to have parity with US dollar.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            >Used to have parity with US dollar.
            No it did not.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        >There is no free exchange of rubble so it's not back to anything. At best we don't know what's the actual value, it's most likely not pretty for the russians.
        It's almost 2024, yet schizoid nafosissies still keep repeating the most outlandish copes from 2022.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        You've been already called out so it's kinda pointless, but I'll tell that I've easily exchanged a part of my salary into USD for my travel stash at a rate close to the Moscow Exchange in a fricking ATM of all things. Many changers now have older bills (series 2006-ish, not really ancient), that's about the only "problem".
        And those who really needed the cards that work internationally have already got themselves one in the neighboring 'stans.

        so if I went there as a tourist, my debit cards from abroad would work just fine?

        Foreign cards won't work (except UnionPay ones, probably, but in US the only issuer is ICBC and I have no idea about Europe), so bring US$ or EUR cash. You'll be able to get a Mir card issued once you're in if you need one.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          Yes, if your debit cards aren't issued in the West.

          Thanks, that's all I wanted to know.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          Do not believe a word this Russian dude says. He posts utter lies and nonsense. His IP is from a Russian government source. As an American, you would have to be insane to go to Russia right now. You won't be able to use your credit card. You won't be able to exchange money. And there is a good chance that you will end up locked up, especially if you have some kind of pollical value.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            How's the weather in Langley?

  3. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    >that low government gdp/debt ratio at 19%
    >rich in resources

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      >that €650 average salary

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        Those are Moscow salaries, average Pidorashkan in Muhosransk earns like 250€.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          bylat! i kekd

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            kek. anyone have the video of the russian kid talking about how much they charge for blowjobs

            • 5 months ago
              Anonymous

              of course

              • 5 months ago
                Anonymous

                kek, probably why OP is going over

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        look how russia grows over the next 50-100 years compared to america

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          you mean how it fricking doesn't?

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            2 more weeks...

            bullish, and early.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          2 more weeks...

  4. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Better take your PREP before going

  5. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    wouldn't have ever gone there even without the war.

  6. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'm pretty sure you won't ever get arrested in Russia as long as you:
    >aren't (openly) gay
    >don't (openly) do drugs
    >don't (openly) support Ukraine
    >aren't west/central Asian or look like one

  7. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've been a few times on a US passport. Take the bus from Tallinn. Every once in a while you'll get held back for additional questioning, sometimes not. It's just annoying, but pretty standard stuff. Bring cash. Use Ostrovok.ru to book hotels. SPB is the most liberal and hipster place in the region so if you're coming expecting something edgy like a baldandbankrupt video and memes about gopniks you're going to be disappointed.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Have you been there since the war began and how easy is it to find a bus line that will take you there? I'm considering flying into Estonia and going to Finland(ferry), Latvia(bus), Lithuania(bus), and Russia(bus) from there next year.

  8. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've been twice since the war started, but not StP. Been there before though and highly recommend that city. Loads to see and do. The Hermitage is amazing for instance.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      from what ive seen the rooms are more impressive than the expositions quite often

  9. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    Thanks, you saved me a lot of time with those links.

  10. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Anyone have experience with the tourist visa process as an American? I’m a Russian lit nerd and have a gf from Vladimir that refuses to go back to Russia because of her “moral principles” but frick her, I’m seeing Russia.
    I just don’t really understand the sponsorship part. Do I have to make a strict itinerary and have sponsor letter from each hotel or is it less formal than that?

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's not a sponsorship, it's an invite letter that can be bought from "tour agencies" online or your hotel, if you're staying somewhere a bit upscale.
      The only strict part on the itinerary are the entry/exit dates, you want to be sure to enter on or after the entry date and before/on the exit date, especially if time zones are involved.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        Oh okay, seems like less of a big deal than what I initially thought from reading through requirements.
        I just have to manage to enter and leave on proper dates and not smuggle a weed pen in my bag

  11. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have a friend of a friend (American) who visited Russia recently. From what he told me, he just applied for the visa, he had it in no time, and that was pretty much that. He was not asked an inordinate amount of questions when entering the country, and everything went basically as smoothly as it would entering any other country that requires a visa.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Connecting flights are a bummer, but from US it's a small leg of travel compared to trans-atlantic or trans-pacific part. And I'm comparing to fat times of €40 Moscow-Köln roundtrips.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        There's no connecting flights except in places like Abu Dhabi, which is a really long flight from the US. if you want to fly on reputable airlines instead of Air Azerbaijan or some such shit.

        Is there any ground transportation? SPb isn't that far from Estonia or Finland but I thought they weren't allowing tourist traffic anymore.

  12. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    What can i do to pre emptively have russian money? I feel that relying on application for a mir card as i get into Russia is not beneficial. I would prefer to have the RUB with me as i get off the plane.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      >I would prefer to have the RUB with me as i get off the plane.
      Why though? It's like Argentina. People don't trust their own currency and a crisp $100 bill will get you a pile of monopoly money to spend.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        Because what if something goes wrong, what if i cant find the bank, or its far away from the airport and i dont have money for a cab.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          Have you ever traveled internationally before? There will be somewhere to exchange currency at the airport albeit at shitty rates. And any russkie taxi driver will gladly take a $20 bill.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            >Have you ever traveled internationally before?
            No. I have my Russian tourist visa and i want to travel there before it expires in august 2024. Everyone here(usa) is trying to dissuade me telling me how ‘dangerous’ it is.

            • 5 months ago
              Anonymous

              Why the hell do you have a Russian visa with no firm plans to travel there? Serious question from someone who is also interested in visiting Russia and not trolling. It's not an easy or cheap visa to get. Did you plan to go to the fifa world cup or something but never make it?

              My concern isn't that Russia is "dangerous" its that the situation is currently unstable. If the Ukraine situation takes a turn for the worse, what happens? Are you stranded in a country that just declared war on the west? I'd still go but I'd keep the trip short and make it a part of a vacation to that part of the world, maybe visit Moscow, take the train to SpB, leave and see some european countries.

              • 5 months ago
                Anonymous

                I got my visa in 2019. Since then my plans have been thrown through the ringer and then some. This is pretty much going to be my last chance.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        Or what if for whatever reason my application for mir card gets declined.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          Cards here are mostly debit, there's no way of getting rejected unless something is very wrong with your immigration papers.
          https://www.sberbank.com/ru/person/bank_cards/debit/foreign/en

          Because what if something goes wrong, what if i cant find the bank, or its far away from the airport and i dont have money for a cab.

          Sberbank offices are literally everywhere, and most of them do currency exchange, although the rate isn't as good as the other banks (not critically bad though).

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        You clearly don't know what you're talking about.

  13. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    how many Americans have been arrested in Russia since the war started?
    >0

  14. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Russia is in a bad way right now anon. They're losing and the cracks are really showing in the cities. not worth visiting

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Source: twitter.com/NafoFella1999

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      >They're losing
      how is Russia losing?

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        If shills on Twitter say they're losing then they're losing, simple as.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          >They're losing
          how is Russia losing?

          Russia is in a bad way right now anon. They're losing and the cracks are really showing in the cities. not worth visiting

          Source: twitter.com/NafoFella1999

          >Russia tries to take Ukraine
          >Can't take Ukraine
          >Ukraine tries to stop Russia from Taking their country
          >Russia hasn't taken their country
          funny how 3 days turned into 2 years? is that what winning looks llike?

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Feint of Kyiv
        >Feint of Kharkiv
        >Feint of Kherson
        >NATO expansion
        >Russian hard power exposed as paper bear
        >RIP VDV and Black Sea Fleet
        >Wagner coup
        >international pariah status
        >rebirth of Ukrainian nationalism
        >all of this against the poorest country in Europe, 1/4 Russia's size, on Russia's own border
        I could go on, but it's quite obvious the 3-Day special denazification operation was an absolute cluster-frick. Goalposts have now been shifted from "demilitarization and denazification" to "It was ALWAYS about the land bridge! We never actually wanted to remove Zelensky! Mission accomplished!"
        Anyway you slice it, Russia has failed in its objective to reassert itself as a Super Power.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        Black person like 50,000+ Russians have died in like 2 years, that's almost as much as the US lost in Vietnam after 20 years of warfare. The absolute max Russia can hope for is a pyrrhic victory.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          >50,000+
          It's impossible to get the real number at this point, but most non-Russian/Ukrainian sources estimate it's closer to 100,000

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          https://i.imgur.com/im6Sc0E.jpg

          >Feint of Kyiv
          >Feint of Kharkiv
          >Feint of Kherson
          >NATO expansion
          >Russian hard power exposed as paper bear
          >RIP VDV and Black Sea Fleet
          >Wagner coup
          >international pariah status
          >rebirth of Ukrainian nationalism
          >all of this against the poorest country in Europe, 1/4 Russia's size, on Russia's own border
          I could go on, but it's quite obvious the 3-Day special denazification operation was an absolute cluster-frick. Goalposts have now been shifted from "demilitarization and denazification" to "It was ALWAYS about the land bridge! We never actually wanted to remove Zelensky! Mission accomplished!"
          Anyway you slice it, Russia has failed in its objective to reassert itself as a Super Power.

          must be easy to win arguments when you make things up

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          not even 5% of their army

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            Pentagon believes 140,000 Russians and about 70,000 Ukrainians have been killed... Let's say that's an exaggeration and it's an even 60k on both sides. That's totally worth capturing 2 provinces of an irrelevant country, right. The USSR lost like 30,000 guys in Afghanistan, a huge country, over 10 years, an event that's considered pivotal in the failure of the Soviet Union.

            • 5 months ago
              Anonymous

              The pentagon knows the color of texture of Putin's last shit. If they say it's 140,000 Russians killed, it's probably 140,000.

              • 5 months ago
                Anonymous

                >the government never lies
                >what is covid
                >what is 81 million votes

              • 5 months ago
                Anonymous

                Take your meds no schizo and return to /misc/ and never come back here. This board is not for basement dwelling neets like you.

              • 5 months ago
                Anonymous

                He's literally posting from a Russian government IP in Moscow.

              • 5 months ago
                Anonymous

                Are these Russian government IPs in the room right now?

              • 5 months ago
                Anonymous

                you'd think Russia's online warriors would at least be using VPNs lmao

              • 5 months ago
                Anonymous

                They're probably cut off from some of them. Kinda sad that the once mighty KGB has been reduced to shitposting about how great Russia actually is on a website nobody takes seriously.

            • 5 months ago
              Anonymous

              you're moronic

              • 5 months ago
                Anonymous

                just looking at events that happened its obvious

                1. nordstream pipeline sabotaged
                2. economic sanctions

                so russia shouldn't sell resources to europe, and germany (highest economic exporter in europe) is usa's b***h for forseable future

              • 5 months ago
                Anonymous

                The dumbest thing about that incident is it's looking like the ukies did it with rudimentary planning, a rented yacht and a dive team. Huge intelligence fail on part of both Russia and the west.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          https://i.imgur.com/im6Sc0E.jpg

          >Feint of Kyiv
          >Feint of Kharkiv
          >Feint of Kherson
          >NATO expansion
          >Russian hard power exposed as paper bear
          >RIP VDV and Black Sea Fleet
          >Wagner coup
          >international pariah status
          >rebirth of Ukrainian nationalism
          >all of this against the poorest country in Europe, 1/4 Russia's size, on Russia's own border
          I could go on, but it's quite obvious the 3-Day special denazification operation was an absolute cluster-frick. Goalposts have now been shifted from "demilitarization and denazification" to "It was ALWAYS about the land bridge! We never actually wanted to remove Zelensky! Mission accomplished!"
          Anyway you slice it, Russia has failed in its objective to reassert itself as a Super Power.

          Russia is in a bad way right now anon. They're losing and the cracks are really showing in the cities. not worth visiting

          I used to think Russia was a world power but they have a smaller economy than California and are weaker than Ukraine.

  15. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    >the probability of Russia collapsing in "two more weeks" is zero
    Two more weeks? Sure.
    There is a ZERO probability of Putin's regime collapsing by the war's end? Let's not get ahead of ourselves, buddy.

  16. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    >the worst has passed already long time ago
    >the future it will only get easier
    That sounds a lot like copium, Ivan. The war can go in any direction, and there is no way of knowing how it ends. I'm personally of the belief that the war is still in its early stages, but I could be totally wrong (and so can you).

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      >The war can go in any direction
      Not at this point, unless NATO intervenes directly.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        2 more weeks to Kyiv?

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          2 more weeks to Crimea?

  17. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    >war is unpredictable, i.e., Russia can still win/lose the war, Putin's regime can stand/crumble
    >"XAXAXA THAT'S COPIUM!!!"
    If we are speaking about the economy, it was just dumping 2 months back. Russia installed MORE controls that brought it up temporarily, but to claim for certainty that the worst is over for the Russia and its economy is completely delusional

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      It will be like the collapse of the Soviet Union, obvious in retrospect, but seeming coming out of nowhere, slowly at first, but then all at once.
      The first sign might be Russian shills stop posting here after their pay stops.

  18. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    Their economy is in the shitter. It is only being artificially propped up by temporary measures, it's in war economy mode which is not sustainable at all. The only question is how long they can last. Putin is hoping that they can get Ukraine to give up before his reign collapses.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      >russian economy collapse
      lmao, dude their debt to GDP is like 19%. they're insanely rich in resources. their economy isn't measured in american ponzi dollars but commodities.

      get with the program old man

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Putin is hoping that they can get Ukraine to give up before his reign collapses.
      Or before his heart collapses, the stupid monkey is in his 70s now and is probably stressed 24/7.

  19. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Don't think anyone mentioned this, but: God I'd hate the entrance interview when I get back to the states, or even to a connection in Europe. Anyone have this experience, tips or is it not as bad as I'm imagining?

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Just tell them Russia is upcoming. Your forefathers emigrated for opportunities.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      I've gotten the "third degree" from US Customs many times. Was even pulled out of my truck once, physically escorted to a cell, and shackled hand and foot to a bench. I just laid down and took a nap, LOL.
      Keep your responses as short and simple as possible. Stay neutral, never show antagonism or friendliness. The more you talk, the harder they will try to catch you in a lie.

  20. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    >in Soviet Union there were rationing of basic stuff such as food years before the collapse
    It will get like that soon because

    >russian economy collapse
    lmao, dude their debt to GDP is like 19%. they're insanely rich in resources. their economy isn't measured in american ponzi dollars but commodities.

    get with the program old man

    Russia doesn't make anything. The soviet era military electronics were all made in Ukraine, kek. The Sukhoi Superjet for example, is all designed around western components that Russia doesn't make and won't make because they're too moronic to figure it out. So once they're done cannibalizing their existing airplanes they'll start rationing things like air travel.

    >Putin is hoping that they can get Ukraine to give up before his reign collapses.
    Or before his heart collapses, the stupid monkey is in his 70s now and is probably stressed 24/7.

    He's rumored to have some kind of autoimmune disease.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Imagine actually believing that

  21. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    No, but I started talking to a russian girl a few months back and I would like to go there to meet her. I don't know if a girl is worth becoming a political prisoner over though since my country is actively supplying Ukraine with weapons and military hardware

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      1. there's like 4 billion girls in the world
      2. see 1
      do whatever you feel though

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's very easy to avoid any such danger...avoid talking politics while in Russia. If someone tries to bait you into a political discussion, refuse to engage.

  22. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    >How's the weather in Langley?

  23. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I went to Kaliningrad as a German recently. Basically the only thing that sucked was the credit card thing. I just brought a bunch of cash with me, you can find exchange offices in every major russia city. I found out later that you can actually get a Tinkoff-credit card on your Apple Wallet and pay that way. Russia is actually safe for foreigners, you are not that special and nobody gives a frick where you're from as long as you don't do stupid shit there.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      But why would you want to? Of all the amazing places in the world you could visit, you went to a depressing third world shithole in the middle of a war where you could have been conscripted, kidnapped and held for ransom, used as a pollical pawn, or killed for no reason. Sounds like a moronic vacation.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        You still haven't answered how the weather is in Langley.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        Take your meds schizo

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        holy schizo
        russia is 100% kidnapping random tourists all the time and forcing them into penal battalions to throw in some trench
        hear about it all the time
        this is your brain on western media

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        > you could have been conscripted, kidnapped and held for ransom, used as a pollical pawn, or killed for no reason
        how is such mental moronation possible?

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          I know that you have a hard time clicking on news websites in Russia, so I'll take a screencap for you. You're either lying about what's going on in your cesspit of a country, or you're unaware. But either way, you're wrong. Shit is really bad in Russia. You guys are losing the war. Putin is unhinged and desperate.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            https://explorersweb.com/british-adventurer-arrested-spends-a-month-in-a-russian-prison/

            This was also a thing.

            • 5 months ago
              Anonymous

              here's another brainlet. calculate the percentage of being detained my doing number of detaineds/number of tourists (also calculate the average detention time for those detained by collecting as much cases as possible)
              come on homosexual

              • 5 months ago
                Anonymous

                I didn't make any claims about the odds of something bad happening Ivan. Just showing that there ARE examples of Westerners getting fricked over for arbitrary reasons in your slavBlack person country.

              • 5 months ago
                Anonymous

                i'm not Russian (i wish i was, i wouldn't have to look at Black folk and homosexual flags every time i go out) and
                >there ARE examples of Westerners getting
                there ARE example of Westerners getting hit by meteorites and lightnings but it doesn't matter because WHAT'S THE CHANCE

              • 5 months ago
                Anonymous

                >i'm not Russian (i wish i was, i wouldn't have to look at Black folk and homosexual flags every time i go out)

                I'm Russian and it's really hilarious. You people do really think Russian is the last stance of white Christian power?

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        >you could have been conscripted

        If you are American there is genuinely not much to see. I was in St Petersburg and Murmansk and they're both kinda meh. Typical French architecture, typical commieblocks you can find everywhere, you are not guaranteed to see the northern lights, unless you have friends/family you will not get to try authentic food.

        I have great memories from my trip but it's from playing in the snow with my nieces/nephews, and seeing my fiancé's hometown. Russia itself did not present anything exotic or unusual for me, especially as I see more of the ex-USSR region.

        Visit your GF but don't expect anything mind-blowing. Consider taking her on a vacation to a 3rd country.

        >there is genuinely not much to see

        jeez the average iq here is below room temperature. i'm so glad i was born with a semi-functional brain unlike these morons

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      By car from poland?

  24. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you are American there is genuinely not much to see. I was in St Petersburg and Murmansk and they're both kinda meh. Typical French architecture, typical commieblocks you can find everywhere, you are not guaranteed to see the northern lights, unless you have friends/family you will not get to try authentic food.

    I have great memories from my trip but it's from playing in the snow with my nieces/nephews, and seeing my fiancé's hometown. Russia itself did not present anything exotic or unusual for me, especially as I see more of the ex-USSR region.

    Visit your GF but don't expect anything mind-blowing. Consider taking her on a vacation to a 3rd country.

  25. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Will my Russian friend face any trouble flying solo out of the country right now? He's worried customs won't let him leave because of the political situation. He doesn't know anyone who has done any travel recently.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      from which country?
      you don't go through the customs when leaving the country

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