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Russian Winter Nights - Things to do?

Hello TTers
I am off to Russia for 2 weeks from 21Dec14 to 4Jan15.
My plan so far is along these lines

Need some advice on
1. What can I do on these long winter nights when the sun sets at 4.30pm?
- I am going for ballet on 1 night, cant really afford some performance on every night
- Not much of the clubbing type (in any case, that wouldnt be from 4.30)

Can I book tickets for train from SPB to V.Novgorod after I arrive there?

Any suggestions to enrich the itinerary that I have below is…

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North Caucasus Trip Report - N. Ossetia, Ingushetia, Chechnya, Dagestan

Rather belatedly, a trip report with pictures of the second stage of my journey (the first is also on my website) across the North Caucasus.

I start in the beautiful scenery of North Ossetia, exploring intriguing ruins in the mountains, then head east into the tiny but rather unsettled Ingush Republic. On into Chechnya to see the reborn city of Grozny, and make a visit to the very beautiful and tranquil mountains. Then to Makhachkala on the Caspian, and a truly fascinating journey through the…

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St Petersburg and Moscow February suggestions

First post on here so hopefully its in the right place! I'm heading off on long term solo trip in mid february from UK, starting with train across Europe then into Russia mid in february, have booked trans-mongolian railway to Beijing departing Moscow on 28th February, im not travelling with a lavish budget (i know big cities wont be cheap!) and would like to see Moscow sights and St Petersburg sights prior to train departure, i'm really after any do/ don't do advice or any must see places, im…

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Chuysky Trakt Best Stopovers Between Mongolia and Gorno-Altaysk

We are planning yet another overland Eurasia trip next summer and plan on going from Olgi, Mongolia to Novosibirsk overland. There is a train from Biiysk on the back end to lovely Novosibirsk, my favorite city (we have been to Biisk) and the remote overland crossing to Tashanta and Koch-Agach, Russia, at the front end going from Mongolia to Russia. I believe there is transport from Koch Agach, but where are good places to stop on the way to break the 10 hours or so to Gorno-Altaysk? Is…

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Now a very good time for exchanging currency to Rubles?

Ok so I'm not exactly a financial wizard but with the Ruble being very weak right now this would mean it is a very good time to exchange money and to buy train tickets etc yes?

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Russian Visa Support Letter

Help!!!!
I have booked my air ticket and all to Russia but not beig able to get a visa support letter. Seems the traditional agencies do not give a visa support letter to holders of Indian passport (labelled high risk apparently)

Can anyone recommend an agency that will?

TIA

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Prices for tickets on the trans-siberian line

Wanting to book trains in January but noticing that the prices for tickets in January on the official website rzd.ru are much more expensive, does anyone know why? Or is this because they have just gone on sale?

For example 1st class ticket on Train number 2 from Ekaterinburg to Irkutsk on 8th January is 22,000 Rubles, while a couple of weeks earlier on 18th December (and other dates) the same train is just 15,000. The same goes for Moscow to Ekaterinburg in January. Is there a reason for this…

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Can I apply for Russian tourist visa with Chinese residence permit that expires before travel date to Russia

Hello, my nationality is Netherlands and I am currently working in Chongqing with a chinese residency permit till the 16th of january 2015. I will apply for a Chinese tourist visa beginning of january because if I do it now my residency permit expires directly. I will travel with the train from Beijng to Moskow crossing borders the 27the of january, so my question is if I can apply for a Russian tourist visa when my Chinese residence permit expires (16th) before the date I will cross the border…

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Using APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) in Russia for leisure travel?

Holders of ABTC cleared for Russia can travel around Russia visa-free for 90 days. The ABTC is officially meant for business travellers. Has anyone has travelled around Russia as a leisure traveller using the ABTC? Would one be asked to show proof of business dealings or contacts when one enters Russia without a visa but possessing a ABTC cleared for Russia?

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Trans-Siberian Railway

Planning to do the rail trip from Beijing to Moscow and Saint Petersburg, departing Beijing in December with stopovers in Ulan-Bator, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg.

Most of the books/websites ( incl. LPTT) offer advice and suggested itineraries for trips in the "warmer" months but there's not much information for winter travelers, particularly regarding available activities at the enroute stops. If any TTers have done this trip in winter, I'd appreciate any advice and/or suggestions re…