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Regions in Russian Federation
Region/State: # Region/State: #
Altaisky krai - Алтайский край323 Pskovskaya oblast - Псковская область115
Amurskaya oblast - Амурская область74 Respublika Adygeya - Республика Адыгея21
Arkhangelskaya oblast - Архангельская область349 Respublika Altai - Республика Алтай23
Astrakhanskaya oblast - Астраханская область84 Respublika Bashkortostan - Республика Башкортостан792
Belgorodskaya oblast - Белгородская область257 Respublika Buryatia - Республика Бурятия199
Bryanskaya oblast - Брянская область173 Respublika Chuvashia - Чувашская Республика200
Chechenskaya respublika - Нохчийн Республика14 Respublika Dagestan - Республика Дагестан65
Chelyabinskaya oblast - Челябинская область684 Respublika Ingushetia - Республика Ингушетия11
Chukotsky Avtonomny Okrug - Чукотский Автономный Округ13 Respublika Kalmykia - Республика Калмыкия36
Evreiskaya Avtonomnya Oblast - Еврейская автономная область6 Respublika Karelia - Республика Карелия384
Irkutskaya oblast - Иркутская область492 Respublika Khakassia - Республика Хакассия53
Ivanovskaya oblast - Ивановская область134 Respublika Komi - Республика Коми144
Kabardino-Balkarskaya respublika - Кабардино-Балкарская Республика 28 Respublika Mari El - Республика Марий Эл180
Kaliningradskaya oblast - Калининградская область461 Respublika Mordovia - Республика Мордовия42
Kaluzhskaya oblast - Калужская область174 Respublika Sakha-Yakutia - Республика Саха-Якутия130
Kamchatskij kraj - Камчатский край104 Respublika Severnaya Osetia-Alania - Республика Северная Осетия-Алания43
Karachaevo-Cherkesskaya respublika - Карачаево-Черкесская республика10 Respublika Tatarstan - Республика Татарстан778
Kemerovskaya oblast - Кемеровская область320 Respublika Tuva - Республика Тыва19
Khabarovskij kraj - Хабаровский край347 Rostovskaya oblast - Ростовская область703
Khanty-Mansiisky Avtonomnyi Okrug - Ханты-Мансийский автономный округ133 Ryazanskaya oblast - Рязанская область150
Kirovskaya oblast - Кировская область234 Sakhalinskaya oblast - Сахалинская область96
Kostromskaya oblast - Костромская область101 Samarskaya oblast - Самарская область733
Krasnodarskij kraj - Краснодарский край820 Sankt-Peterburg - Санкт-Петербург8152
Krasnoyarskij kraj - Красноярский край663 Saratovskaya oblast - Саратовская область360
Kurganskaya oblast - Курганская область62 Smolenskaya oblast - Смоленская область106
Kurskaya oblast - Курская область124 Stavropolskij kraj - Ставропольский край 234
Leningradskaya oblast - Ленинградская область868 Stavropolskij kraj - Ставропольский край23
Lipetskaya oblast - Липецкая область143 Sverdlovskaya oblast - Свердловская область1264
Magadanskaya oblast - Магаданская область34 Tambovskaya oblast - Тамбовская область61
Moskovskaya oblast - Московская область2593 Tomskaya oblast - Томская область475
Moskva - Москва10079 Tulskaya oblast - Тульская область184
Murmanskaya oblast - Мурманская область336 Tverskaya oblast - Тверская область187
Nenetsky Autonomny Okrug - Ненецкий автономный округ 6 Tyumenskaya oblast - Тюменская область364
Nizhegorodskaya oblast - Нижегородская область818 Udmurtskaya respublika - Удмуртская Республика398
Novgorodskaya oblast - Новгородская область180 Ulyanovskaya oblast - Ульяновская область156
Novosibirskaya oblast - Новосибирская область942 Vladimirskaya oblast - Владимирская область219
Omskaya oblast - Омская область397 Volgogradskaya oblast - Волгоградская область429
Orenburgskaya oblast - Оренбургская область164 Vologodskaya oblast - Вологодская область308
Orlovskaya oblast - Орловская область76 Voronezhskaya oblast - Воронежская область476
Penzenskaya oblast - Пензенская область135 Yamalo-Nenetsky Avtonomny Okrug - Ямало-Ненецкий Автономный Округ53
Permskij kraj - Пермский край667 Yaroslavskaya oblast - Ярославская область319
Primorskij kraj - Приморский край554 Zabaykalsky krai - Забайкальский край67
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Hospitality Club Meetings
Про ближайшие встречи клуба вы можете узнать тут:
http://groups.google.com/group/hospitality-moscow

Introduction
Russia is a very diverse and interesting country. The cities are vibrating with fresh and contagious energy, the nature is very impressive, the people are very strange and funny and interesting. There are fewer visitors than in other countries so the people are friendly, but routine things like changing money and buying a train ticket can be more difficult and time consuming. (English is not as widely spoken as in other countries)
See this website for main things you should know before coming: http://www.wowrussia.com/

Top Things to See and Do
Moscow Red Square - the legendary place, Baikal Lake - a great place for camping and enjoying the nature (get a tick injection first), Kamchatka - the volcano land, Golden Ring - several provincial towns, quiet and nice, St. Petersburg - the "Europe" Russia always wanted to be and haven't quite managed... Northern Caucasus - the mountains are of breathtaking beauty, and it's by far not as dangerous as the media make it out to be!
Altai Mountaines is fantastic place with the beautiful wild nature.svetlanansk
It's quite an adventure to cross Russia by TRAIN, it is really huge and really the landscapes are great. I took Moscow-Blagoveschensk train (6 days, 6 time zones, about 7000 kilometers) It's cheap and joyful. Fellow travelers of different backgrounds, always ready to speak on any subject to while away the time. ardelak

Tips
- try to practice some basic Russian before you arrive
Zdrast-vuy-teh - Hello!, privet - hi!, pozhal-(u)-sta - Please (edited by svetlanansk), Kagda - When ?, Gd-e-ye - Where ?
- When you buy a train ticket ..you have to tell the seller what train you want. Now many stations have an info computer so you can check the train number and departure time. (otherwise you have to first go to the information window) I found it best to give the seller my old ticket so that they could copy my name written in Russian etc
- Do try to visit a village it's quite different from the cities.
- many of us still need an invitation letter (from the internet like visitrussia.com etc) to get a visa, you still need to register the visa within 3 days at a hotel.. you are supposed to reregister if you stay in a place more than 3 days tho' so keep your train tickets (although they never asked me when I left)
- visas are the exact dates you put on the application, max 30 days and NOT extendabl. So you might want to pay more and get a business visa as it's more flexible and lasts upto 6 months .stewgreen
When going by train, it's good to know: you get hot water for free, so if you take some tea and instant soup with you, you can save the money of bying it there. If you have the possibility, take some light clothing with you. Since you're probably going to spend at least one night on the train, it's much more comfortable!
And, if possible, try to get a train ticket for the lower bed/board - there you have a lot more space for your bag and sitting than on the upper beds. julotschka

Neighboring countries: Norway, Finland,Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, (a good way to get to China is from Blagoveschensk, Amur region - ardelak), North Korea

Who is coming? immada My mate and me are planning to travel russia in summer. The plan is to start in St. Petersburg and travel east as far as posssible. (long way). Any kind of information, recomendation or any help is very very welcome...

Want more guests! Add your user name here if you would like to receive more visitors - you should get more requests if listed here, even if you live in a small town off the beaten track.
- waytorussia

Welcome to the Far East of Russia! I live in Amur region, Blagoveschensk, just on the border with China. - ardelak
Welcome in Siberia, in Krasnoyarsk! Always glad to meet new people! :)
Willkommen in Sibirien, in Krasnojarsk! Freue mich immer neue Leute kennenzulernen! :) Besonders Deutschen! ;) den11krs



Important! International telephone codes for Moscow and other russian towns, starting from zero (0) will change thier first digit to four (4) on December the 1st, 2005. For instance, code for moscow (095) will change to (495). Remember!

Attention!


There are two codes in Moscow since 2007! 499 and 495!!! Be attentive!


Edited by: MaryPe on 25.04.2012 svetlanansk on 19.12.2010 den11krs on 25.04.2010 on 31.08.2007 everfree on 31.08.2007 kvashonka on 20.08.2007 kvashonka on 10.08.2007 kvashonka on 06.07.2007 vladas on 29.06.2007 immada on 06.03.2007 julotschka on 05.02.2007 pakulevs on 06.10.2006 ardelak on 17.09.2006 stewgreen on 13.08.2006 mands on 27.07.2006 kvashonka on 26.07.2006 mands on 27.06.2006 kvashonka on 20.06.2006 gardke on 16.05.2006 adelanto on 12.11.2005 erinmack on 28.03.2005 pesef on 12.03.2005 tijs on 02.02.2005 danieljvirblis on 18.12.2004 pesef on 24.10.2004 djdirect on 17.10.2004 waytorussia on 23.12.2003

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Grab your balalaika, turn off the samovar, meet up me at Palace Square and drink vodka. Na zdorovie! :-)


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