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The French living in Russia called the main mistake of the West

Edition France info published opinions on the sanctions imposed on Russia, which were expressed by French businessmen living in Moscow.

One of the entrepreneurs said that in Europe they do not know Russia, which can do without it, but it will be difficult for Europeans to go back. He urged the European authorities to be careful with the introduction of anti-Russian sanctions.

“Sanctions can have the opposite effect. The Russians will tell themselves: the Europeans are laughing at us, but we will show them more,” the French businessman believes.

According to him, economic activity in Russia will eventually resume.

“Russia is completely misunderstood in Europe. What confuses me is that it is considered either from the white side or from the black side. But in fact, everything is not so, ”added another interlocutor of the publication, Alexis Saporta. He owns two companies in Moscow.

Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Jake Sullivan declaredthat the United States and the European Union will impose additional sanctions against Russia after the upcoming visit of US President Joe Biden to Brussels.

How is the delivery of goods from the USA to Russia carried out?

Shipping goods from the USA to Russia is a complex process that requires careful planning and coordination. Both countries have different customs regulations, taxes and shipping routes that need to be taken into account. In this article, we will look at various aspects of the delivery of goods from the United States to Russia and how to successfully implement it.

Customs regulations

One of the most important aspects of shipping goods from the USA to Russia is understanding the customs rules in each country. In both countries, it is necessary to fill out documents accurately describing the contents and cost of the goods being shipped. These documents must be submitted to the customs authorities of both countries before the goods are shipped across the border. It is also important to note that some goods may require special permits or licenses for export or import to any of the countries, therefore, before sending such goods, it is necessary to consult with local authorities.


Another important factor when delivering goods from the USA to Russia is understanding how taxes are applied in each country. In Russia, all imports are subject to 20% value added tax (VAT), as well as other duties and charges depending on the imported goods. In the USA, imports from Russia are not subject to any taxes, unless they are carried out for commercial purposes or exceed certain thresholds in value or quantity. It is important to understand these differences when transporting goods between countries in order to correctly calculate all applicable taxes and fees.

Delivery routes

The best way to deliver goods from the USA to Russia largely depends on what type of goods are being shipped and how quickly they should arrive at their destination. For small cargo, air transportation may be the best option, since it provides faster delivery than sea transportation, and at the same time reasonable prices for large cargo over long distances, for example, between two countries, such as Russia and America. For large cargoes, sea transportation may be more economical, but their delivery will take longer due to the lower speed compared to air transportation. When choosing a delivery route, it is important to consider factors such as cost, speed, reliability, security and any applicable taxes and fees.


The delivery of goods from the USA to Russia requires careful planning and coordination due to differences in customs regulations, taxes and delivery routes between the two countries. Taking into account all applicable laws, taxes, fees, shipping routes and other factors in advance, companies can ensure safe and timely delivery of goods. With proper planning, a business can be sure that deliveries will go smoothly, without unforeseen delays and complications.

Must-see in DAGESTAN, Russia

Dagestan it is the most southern region of Russia, which is home to a huge number of nations (more than 30). Travelers never remain indifferent after visiting this region, enjoying its amazing views and local cuisine. Therefore, tours to Dagestan are a fairly frequent,  visited by many residents of the vast country.

Features of holidays in Dagestan

The residents of this region are lucky enough to enjoy both the sea and the mountains. There are many fascinating zones in Dagestan, but in general you can’t get there by public transport. Therefore, there is always an option to book a tour, to hire a driver or to rent a car. Dagestan, stretched along the seashore, cannot be explored on foot.

What to visit?

         1. Sulak Canyon

Sulak Canyon it is the most popular area of the region. It is know as the deepest (1920 m). Canyons from Nepal, Peru, and China compete with it. However, it is much easier to get to the Dagestan canyon.

          2. Sarykum dune

Sarykum dune – this is a must-visit place early in the morning or late at night.

It’is located only 20 kilometers from Makhachkala and a you will drive to the reserve through the mountains. Its height is more than 250 meters. It was recognized as the largest of Eurasia. It can be really hot in this place, comparing to the capital.

3.Karadakh Gorge

Karadakh Gorge is a fault of the mountain, a narrow gorge that has very high walls. It is located close to the village of Gunib.  The gorge is from two to five meters width, and 170 meters height. In the summer, it is quiet, noiseless, only from afar comes the whisper of water and the cheerful slaps of tourists. The entrance to this attraction is free. It is important to arrive at this place in dry weather. Because there will be rain, the water will rise by four meters, and it will be difficult for a person to get out of there.

        4. Tobot

Tobot is a waterfall, located right in the middle of the village called Hunzakh. It reaches a height of eighty meters, extreme sports lovers practice bungee jumping here in the summer. The most full–flowing period is May and June, when snow is still melting, and the water in the river reaches its maximum.

          5. Agrakhansky reserve

The mountain river Terek runs along the northern slopes of the Caucasus Mountains and flows into the Agrakhan Bay of the Caspian Sea, forming a delta. In a picturesque oasis among the dry Dagestan plains, there is a reserve with an area of 390 sq. km. The purpose of its creation in 1983 was to restore the population of valuable animals. Rare birds, mammals and endangered species of fish live here. Among the protected animals are reed cats, deer, Caucasian otters. On the territory of the reserve there are the most important nesting places on the western coast of the Caspian Sea, stops during the flight and wintering of waterfowl and near-aquatic birds. There are no settlements on the territory of the reserve. Several farms organically fit into the mountainous natural landscape.



The Red Book of Russia includes photos of rare species of plants, animals, shrubs and trees. Unfortunately, due to negative human activity, they are at risk of extinction. Look at these photos and know that it is absolutely impossible to destroy these animals, tear flowers, cut down trees! Firstly, it is prosecuted, and secondly, let’s be conscious and preserve all this beauty for our descendants!

Manul (Pallas’ cat)

Mac vostochny

Buttercup Sayansky

The nut – bearing lotus

Lobaria pulmonary

Letaria volchya

Forest Dormouse


The Red Wolf

Musk deer

The Far Eastern Leopard

Far Eastern Turtle

Mountain sheep (argali, Argali)

Volodushka Martyanova

White – faced dolphin

Timeless cheerful

Amur Goral

Amur (Ussuri) tiger

Saffron is beautiful

Violet incised

Dwarf tulip

Taimen, or ordinary taimen

Snow leopard (Snow Leopard)

Sea Lion

Schlippenbach ‘s Rhododendron

Rhododendron Fori

Spotted Deer

Flat – leaved snowdrop

Mountain peony

High juniper



Here you can view and download photos of the Golden Ring of Russia. This includes cities that have long been famous for their sights. Thousands of tourists travel around the Golden Ring every year. Look at the photo! If you like traveling, new places and ancient cities, sights – immediately go along this route. You will be delighted!

Rostov Kremlin

Rostov the Great

Panorama of Rostov the Great

Photo of Rostov the Great

Rostov the Great, Spaso-Yakovlevsky Dimitriev Monastery


Photos of Pereslavl

Panorama of Pereslavl

Pereslavl-Zalessky, Nikitsky Monastery


Photo of Kostroma

In Kostroma

Types of Kostroma

Kostroma, Ipatievsky Monastery

Ivanovo, Vvedensky Monastery


Photo by Vladimir

In Vladimir


Photos of Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl, Assumption Cathedral

Yuriev-Polsky, Mikhailo-Arkhangelsk Monastery

Uglich, the Church of Demetrius on blood


Photo Suzdal

Excursion to Suzdal

Suzdal, Spaso-Evfimiev Monastery

Sergiev Posad

Photo of the city of Sergiev Posad

Sergiev Posad, Trinity Sergiev Lavra

In Yaroslavl



In this collection you can download photos of animals that live in Russia. Some of them are very rare and even listed in the Red Book. If you want to learn more about the world of the fauna of Russian animals, read the information on thematic resources, but in the meantime, have fun viewing photos! Perhaps here you will see photos of species that you haven’t heard of yet.

Far Eastern Turtle

Mountain sheep

Brown Bear

Polar Bear


Atlantic Walrus

Amur Goral

Asian Cheetah





Brown Bear



Wild Boars



The Front Asian leopard


Przewalski ‘s Horse

Forest Dormouse

Leopard of the Far East



Red or Mountain Wolf

Musk deer




“Feel Russia”: weekend in the Pskov region

Last year there was a mass pilgrimage to Pskov. For many, this ancient Russian city has become a real discovery in the conditions of closed borders. Unfortunately, not everyone went further than the center of Pskov. And in vain: the charm of these places is concentrated in the region. Let’s tell you what to do with yourself on Pskov land.

How to get to Pskov

From Moscow. Prices for flights to Pskov start from 2900 rubles* round trip. Fly in about an hour. There is also a convenient night train for 1300 rubles * in one direction, on the way – 11.5 hours.

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From St. Petersburg. The most convenient way to get there is by “Swallow”. The one-way trip will take 3.5 hours, the ticket costs from 700 rubles *. It is better to plan a trip in advance: Petersburgers like to spend weekends in the Pskov region, so there are not always places left.

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Day 1. Pskov

If before you go to the region, you want to look around in Pskov first, read our city guide. Its main attractions are listed there. But repetition is the mother of learning, so we remind you that in Pskov you definitely need to admire the Mirozhsky Monastery, take a picture with the inscription “Russia begins here” and walk along the Pskov Krom (as the local Kremlin is called). We also recommend visiting the new Builders’ park on the embankment. Entertainment in the warm season – aquataxi on the Velikaya River. An hour walk at sunset it will do at 1300 rubles * per person. An option for the company is to rent a boat entirely for 9,000 rubles*.

Photo: Yasni / shutterstock.com

If you can’t wait to go to nature, go to the Orekhovo estate, which is 20 kilometers from the city. Landscape Park designed by Alexander Grivko is a portal to Europe. It combines elements of the landscape art of France, Italy and England. The garden is open from May 1 to the end of October, when everything is in bloom. Ticket worth 550 rubles*.

Where to eat in Pskov

Breakfast and special coffee in “Coffee with Kikoin” , coffee and wine bar “Kaverin”, for sweets and coffee go to the coffee shop “PREP”.

Where to stay in Pskov

Here are a few options for an overnight stay:

Hostel “Rus” – from 500 rubles* per night per person;
Apart Hotel Family – 3500 rubles* per night per person;
Old Estate Hotel & SPA – 3700 rubles* per night per person.

Day 2. Pushkin Mountains

100 kilometers from Pskov is Pushkin’s ancestral home, now a museum-reserve, open all year round. Allocate at least one day (but preferably more) to visit three estates: Mikhailovskoye, Trigorskoye and Petrovskoye.

The estates were burned down during the war, but then they were restored from photographs. The main building is the house of the poet’s nanny Arina Rodionovna. The tour of the estate is dedicated to the creativity of the classic and his daily life: how he had fun, what he ate. And there is also an oak tree in Mikhailovsky, familiar to us from Pushkin’s fairy tales. A kilometer from Mikhailovsky on the shore of Soroti rises the settlement of Savkino, or Savkina Hill – a monument of Russian antiquity, which served for defensive purposes.

Trigorskoye is the estate of Pushkin’s friends the Osipovs-Wulfs, they come here for beautiful views and walks in the park in the style of romanticism.

The Petrovskoye estate is the ancestral estate of the poet’s ancestors, the Hannibals. In the same places you can visit the grave of the classic, which is located in the Svyatogorsk Holy Assumption Monastery.

In the Pushkin Mountains there is an opportunity to get acquainted with the work of another writer — Sergey Dovlatov. He worked here as a tour guide and described this time in his autobiographical novel “The Reserve”. In the village of Berezino there is Dovlatov House Museum.

The estates are located far enough from each other, so it is better to come here by car or travel by taxi. You need to pay for the entrance to each estate separately. Full a ticket with an excursion to one estate it will cost 300 rubles*. Pushkin Nature Reserve – participant of the program Pushkin Map, according to which young people from 14 to 22 years old can visit the place for free. You can take a tour of the estates from Pskov – a day with a guide will cost at least 5850 rubles*.

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Where to eat

A few kilometers from the estates is located Pushkin Park Restaurant. They are fed traditionally Russian cuisine, fresh bread. There are also dishes like pizza or rolls.

Take a look at the cafe “Basket” by hotel “Arina R.”. In the interior, a la Rus, breakfasts are held in a buffet format, local products are served.

Where to stay

On the outskirts of the village of Bugrovo is hotel “Arina R.” (from 2400 rubles* per night per person). Another budget option for those who do not want to go anywhere is guest houses on the territory of the reserve.

A more luxurious option — eco-hotel “Pskov Switzerland”. These are five chalets on the mountainside and a restaurant with panoramic views. It is located at a distance from the reserve — in the village of Vashina Gora.

Day 3. Izborsk, Pechory and farm

30 kilometers from Pskov is Izborsk – a fortress city, visiting which you will feel the history and plunge into the Middle Ages. You can get to Izborsk, for example, by bus or taxi. Take a walk along the Truvorov hillfort, the Zherav Mountain with the fortress of the XIV century, visit the ancient St. Nicholas Church and collect holy water in the Slovenian Keys. Entrance to the territory of the reserve and the fortress worth 100 rubles*.

After that, stop in Pechory — a small town is located 20 kilometers from Izborsk, on the border with Estonia. Look at the temples, underground caves and admire nature.

In order to really remember visiting these places, it is better to take a full-day excursion: it covers visits to both cities. Such a tour costs from 4500 rubles*.

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If you want to stay and stay longer in nature, stay in a cozy house on Sky Ranch. The idea of leisure is to lie in a hammock, rent a bike or a boat to explore the lake. Also on the territory there is a sauna and a vat with hot water, in which it is so nice to warm up in the cold season. One night costs from 5000 rubles*.

Entertainment for families with children is an ostrich farm 25 kilometers from Pskov. To look at black African ostriches, you need to pay 100 rubles *. And you can also buy their eggs here.

In the same direction there is a natural landscape park Malskaya Valley. There you can rent a house in restored historical interiors with a view of the hills. The place will be appreciated by outdoor enthusiasts. In summer, they do trekking, fishing, boating and sap-boards, and in winter — on snowboards and cheesecakes. You can also relax in the sauna. Children will love the rope park.

*Prices are valid at the time of publication

Gold of Russia: route through Yaroslavl and neighboring regions

The Golden Ring route unites eight cities. We will focus on the Yaroslavl region, but we will add a few stops in neighboring territories. Organized excursions to Yaroslavl do not come to these places, and with an independent trip you can make an individual route. Therefore, it is better to choose a car for traveling. On OneTwoTrip, the cost of rental per day in Moscow starts from 2900 rubles*.

Car for rent

Day One


We leave Moscow along the Dmitrov highway and after 23 km we stop at the pseudo-Gothic manor of Marfino. The elegant red brick building is decorated with white ornaments, crenellated turrets, lancet windows. The ensemble is complemented by a delightful arched bridge and proud griffins on the pier. The estate is open to the public, the entrance to the territory is by passport. I advise everyone who is looking for views for spectacular photos to visit this romantic estate.

Walk: 30 minutes.


After 40 km we arrive at the Dmitrov Kremlin Museum-Reserve. In the fortifications of the XII century, founded by Yuri Dolgoruky, the rampart, the moat, the ancient golden-domed cathedral and the gates have been preserved. Around the Kremlin there are sculptures of generals and citizens of different eras and estates.

Time: 30 minutes.


We take the A-108 highway from the eastern side of Dmitrov and drive north for half an hour to the village of Verbilki. Perhaps you once had cups and plates with a logo in the form of a moose head ― this is the trademark of the Porcelain Verbilok factory, widely known in Russia and abroad. It was founded by an English merchant in the XVIII century, and today a museum is open in the production. From Monday to Friday, from 8 to 12 o’clock, group and private excursions are held, for which it is necessary sign up.

Excursion: 1.5 hours.


From Verbilok to Taldom on the same highway – 50 km. This is a city of one church, but one that you rarely see anywhere. The upper part of the church of the Archangel Michael is decorated with stone hypnotizing circles in the Russian-Byzantine style.

Walk: 15 minutes.


An hour and a half later, the forest highway leads us to the Tver Atlantis – Kalyazin. In the middle of the XX century, the old part of the city was flooded for the construction of the Uglich hydroelectric power station. Only the top of the tall bell tower remained above the water. Today it is a business card not only of Kalyazin, but also of the Tver region. In summer, you can hire a boat on the paved pier and try to see houses and streets under water.

Walk: on foot – 15 minutes, by boat – another 30.

Uglich (overnight)

After 50 km we stop for the night. The hotels here are small, and the city is popular. Therefore, it is necessary to book accommodation, especially for holidays, several weeks in advance.

Volzhskaya Riviera Hotel – from 1900 rubles * per night for two.

Day Two


The history of this tourist center is inextricably linked with the sad fate of the deceased Tsarevich Dmitry. At the scene of the incident in the XVII century built the temple of Dmitry on Blood. He became part of the ensemble “Uglich Kremlin”, located on the arrow with a pleasant embankment. The city has several ancient churches, monasteries, as well as entertainment museums, for example “Museum of Myths and superstitions of the Russian people”.

Walk: 3 hours.


An alternative place to spend the night is the town of Myshkin, 40 km from Uglich. A room in a cute themed hotel Myshk Inn – from 2300 rubles * per night for two. Myshkin is an amazing place: the city has turned into a tourist brand, thanks to the name, not historical events. And there is no end of travelers here. Center of gravity — «Mouse Museum».

Walk and visit the museum: 1.5 hours.


A rare adventure: we will continue on the old car ferry. At the pier, we look at the schedule, get a ticket, buy fresh fish, drive a car to a floating platform and go to the other shore. It is impossible to sit in the car while driving, so drivers wander around the deck, contemplating the Volga expanses. The ferry works only in the warm season. When there is ice on the river, you have to lay a couple of hours for a detour to the next point.


An hour later, after driving through the dams between the reservoir spills, we stop in atmospheric Rybinsk. Until recently, the city was not a tourist destination, despite the fact that the film “12 chairs” was shot here. Everything changed when the signs on the central streets were decorated in the same style with a reference to the beginning of the XX century. Now many people come here to take entourage photos. Tourist bonus — Bridge, the spans of which are impressive in height and long. You can spend the night, for example, in guest house “Burlak” – from 3300 rubles * per night for two.

Day Three


The town of Tutaev is 50 km from Rybinsk. The Volga divides it into two sides — Romanovskaya and Borisoglebskaya. There is no direct crossing between them, except for an old ferry that runs twice a day. Therefore, we will include only the Borisoglebsky side in the route. On the cliff we admire the view of dozens of church domes shining on both banks. In Resurrection Cathedral there is an unusual miraculous icon — a three-meter “The All-merciful Savior”. People believe that the image helps in the treatment of severe bone diseases. To be heard, you need to crawl through the hole in the lower left corner of the icon three times with prayers.

Walk: 30 minutes.


After 40 minutes along the 78K-0001 highway along the river we arrive in Yaroslavl – a city with a thousand-year history. We walk along the beautiful embankment and admire the panorama on the arrow, where the Volga and Kotorosl form a wide spill. Here stood the Yaroslavl Kremlin, which has not been preserved. Now the “Kremlin” is mistakenly called Yaroslavl Museum-Reserve – a complex of several temples, in one of which a list of the literary monument “The Word about Igor’s regiment” was found.

There are many ancient temples with relics or ancient frescoes in Yaroslavl. For example, in Churches of Elijah the Prophet the original interior has been preserved (in Soviet times there was an anti-religious museum here). Church of John the Baptist with an impressive bell tower depicted on a 1000 ruble bill, as well as monument to Yaroslav the Wise.

Not far from the zero kilometer we get “Golden Ring tourist passport”. By the way, in Yaroslavl there is even show layout of the famous route. We will spend the evening in the oldest drama theater of Russia named after Fyodor Volkov. A large and hospitable city pleases with atmospheric streets, cozy cafes and pleasant hotels in which you will want to stay longer. For example, a number in the universal Ibis – from 2500 rubles * per night for two.

Walk: 5-6 hours.

Day Four

Rostov the Great

In the morning we inspect Yaroslavl or immediately go to Rostov Veliky, where we will be in about an hour. The white stone porch of the temple in The Rostov Kremlin Museum, it is familiar to many — scenes from the film “Ivan Vasilyevich changes his profession” were filmed here, for example, the comical pursuit of the archers for the main characters. We easily recognize both the fortress walls and the belfry. I recommend visiting the exhibition of Rostov finifti in the Kremlin to get acquainted with the art that has become the hallmark of the city. At the market nearby we will buy jewelry made in this technique.

Walk: an hour and a half.

Return to Moscow

Along the Yaroslavl highway towards Moscow, we will stop in two small towns with important historical and natural attractions: Pereslavl-Zalessky and Sergiev Posad. We’ll be there for another four hours.

*Prices are valid at the time of publication

Five tourist places in Russia for a short trip on March 8

Russian cities are rich in historical and natural monuments. Together with TASS, we have prepared a selection of places in different parts of the country where you can go for a few days in March.

Curonian Spit in the Kaliningrad region

Photo: Olesya Melnikova / TASS

The largest sand embankment in the world with a length of 98 kilometers is located in the north of the region. Part of it lies on the territory of Russia, part – in Lithuania. There are sand dunes around the Curonian Spit, a coniferous forest with unusual trees whose trunks are twisted into loops, wild animals that like to go out on the road in the evening to be fed by drivers, an ornithological station and ecological trails.

The highest point of the spit is the top of the Orekhovaya — Efa dune (62 meters above sea level). On the route to it there are equipped observation decks with views of the bay, the sea and the nearest settlement. There is a strict rule: you can not walk on the dunes: they are destroyed by human impact. A fine of about 4,000 rubles is provided for violation.

You can get to the spit all year round. All information about the time, working hours and conditions of the visit (entrance to the territory of the national park is paid) is available on the official website of the national Park.

How to get there and where to live:

It is necessary to fly to Kaliningrad. The cost of a round-trip ticket per person starts from 3600 rubles*.

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The spit itself can be reached from Kaliningrad or coastal resorts. In the Kaliningrad region, it is most convenient to travel by car — so you can see a large number of attractions without reference to the public transport schedule. Rent a car on OneTwoTrip at Kaliningrad airport will cost from 2,600 rubles * per day.

Car for rent

We have selected several accommodation options for you:

Ibis Kaliningrad Center – from 3100 rubles* per night per person;
“Universal” (Svetlogorsk) – from 2400 rubles* per night per person;
PARADOX Boutique Hotel (Zelenogradsk) – from 3100 rubles * per night per person.

Teletskoye Lake in Altai

Photo: Kirill Kukhmar / TASS

This is the largest lake in the Altai Mountains. Most of the reservoir is surrounded by the Altai Nature Reserve. Locals call the lake Golden – it got the name “Teletskoye” about 400 years ago, because the Turkic tribes of Teles lived on its shores.

This is one of the four deepest freshwater lakes in Russia, at a depth of 323 meters there are sunken boats, cars, as well as aircraft wrecked. Fish do not fall below 100 meters. There are many legends and riddles associated with the reservoir, mystical stories can be heard from local fishermen or guides.

The water in the lake is cold, and even in summer it warms up to about 16 degrees. For swimming, local guides advise visiting heated pools at local recreation centers.

How to get there and where to live:

A round-trip ticket to Gorno-Altaysk will cost from 15,100 rubles* per person.

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You can stay, for example, in the village of Artybash. We picked up several options:

Hotel “Artybash” – from 4600 rubles* per night per person;
Guest House Kedroviy Dvorik – from 3000 rubles* per night per person;
Taezhniy prival – from 1800 rubles * per night per person.

By car you will get to the village of Artybash in about two and a half to three hours.

Lake Failure in Pyatigorsk

Photo: Sergey Fadeichev / TASS

A natural well on the southern slope of Mount Mashuk was discovered after the failure of limestone rocks. The diameter of the lake is small — only 11 meters, and the water is crystal blue due to sulfur.

It was him who was viewed from above by representatives of the “water society” in Lermontov’s novel “The Hero of Our Time”. Today, you can see the lake from the observation deck, fenced with a lattice, for this you will need to go through a 40-meter tunnel in the mountain or climb up a stone staircase.

You can not swim, but at least you can wet your feet with water from the lake in a natural bath located next to the Sinkhole.

How to get there and where to live:

It is necessary to fly to Mineralnye Vody. The cost of the ticket is about 3900 rubles * round trip per person.

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You can rent a car right at the airport (from 5,100 rubles * per day on OneTwoTrip) – the travel time from the air harbor to Pyatigorsk will be just over half an hour. You can also use railway transport, getting from Mineralnye Vody to Pyatigorsk in about 30-40 minutes.

Car for rent

Accommodation options in Pyatigorsk:

Beshtau Hotel – from 3700 rubles* per night per person;
Intourist Congress Hotel – from 3300 rubles* per night per person;
Hayat Spa Hotel – from 3000 rubles * per night per person.

Kizhi in Karelia

Photo: Ilya Timin / TASS

On the island in Lake Onega there are old wooden chapels, mills, barns and houses. There are 82 monuments in one of the largest open-air museums in Russia. It is based on the ensemble of the Kizhi churchyard with the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord, which is crowned by 22 chapters.

The temple built in 1714 has been under restoration for the last 10 years and opened in the summer of 2021. But the church was closed back in the 80s of the last century, and it was impossible to see it from the inside. Over a decade, it was possible to restore logs and 16 wooden domes, which were replaced by 34,000 ploughshares – traditional aspen tiles. The iconostasis of the late XVII-early XVIII centuries has been completely preserved.

You can visit the museum all year round, conditions depend on the time of year, details are listed on the official website.

How to get there and where to live:

A flight to Petrozavodsk will cost from 5000 rubles * per person round trip. We recommend visiting Kizhi as part of an excursion that includes the road to the island.

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Watch the tour

We have selected several accommodation options for you in Petrozavodsk:

Severnaya Hotel – from 2700 rubles* per night per person;
Cosmos Petrozavodsk Hotel – from 3400 rubles* per night per person;
Karelia Spa Hotel – from 2800 rubles * per night per person.

Bulgarians in Tatarstan

Photo: Egor Aleev / TASS

The city was founded by the Turkic-speaking tribes of the Volga region, but after the attack of the Golden Horde in the XIII century, it was almost completely destroyed. What its appearance was before the Mongol invasion is no longer known. The Bulgarians were rebuilt from stone, and today it is almost the only place with ruins from the Golden Horde.

In 2012, a modern White Mosque with domes, minarets and traditional Islamic stained glass windows opened in the city. In the evening, the lights turn on throughout the complex, and the lights are reflected in an artificial lake. Next to the temple there is a memorial sign in honor of the adoption of Islam by the Volga Bulgars in 922.

How to get there and where to live:

You can fly to Kazan. The cost of an air ticket is from 4,400 rubles * per person round-trip. We recommend visiting Bulgaria by going there from the capital of Tatarstan, here are a few options for living in Kazan:

Europa Hotel – from 3800 rubles* per night per person;
Ibis Kazan Center – from 2800 rubles* per night per person;
Mansion on Teatralnaya – from 2000 rubles * per night per person.

You can rent a car on OneTwoTrip right at Kazan airport (from 4000 rubles * per day). The journey to Bolgar from the capital of Tatarstan will take about two and a half hours.

Car for rent

*Prices are valid at the time of publication
Main photo: Irina Mandrykina / TASS

Life in Thailand. Interview with a resident of Pattaya who moved from Russia

There are many of our compatriots living in Thailand, one of whom shared his experience of living in this country for my blog. Having once flown abroad for a week, the duration and frequency of his further trips increased, and for almost 8 years he has been living in Thailand. What is so attractive about this country? Expensive Life in Thailand? Do Russians need a visa in Thailand? You will find answers to these questions and not only.

– Tell us a little about yourself.

– My name is Evgeny. I live in Thailand in the city of Pattaya, and I come from the Russian city of Kazan. He is an energy engineer by education. He was engaged in ballroom dancing and Thai boxing. In Thailand, I organize excursions, taxis, transfers, and rentals. I like to travel. And plan even more complicated trips. It so happened that once I arrived abroad for a week, the duration and frequency of my further trips increased.

— How long have you lived in Thailand? What prompted you to leave Russia and why did you choose Thailand?

— I’ve been living in Thailand for 7-8 years. I didn’t count. I visit Russia, and there are no people who have moved completely in the case of Thailand. This is a visa issue, and banal in the summer in Russia, too, there are a lot of advantages. In Thailand, people are more open and it is easier to be realized. Before Thailand from Southeast Asia, I was also in Indonesia. And later traveled to all other countries. I don’t like Muslim countries somehow. In other respects, Thailand is ahead of neighboring countries in terms of living standards, and this is important to me. For example, Singapore is not suitable for the reason that it is somehow not sincere and too expensive.

— What do you need to move to live in Thailand?

— The answer without problems is money.

— Do Russians need a visa in Thailand? What are the types of visa and what are the nuances of obtaining it?

— You can stay in the Kingdom of Thailand without a visa for up to 30 days. After this period, you need to apply for a visa.

There are several types of visa: tourist, educational, pension, family and business visa. The simplest ones are tourist and study visas.

Also , visas are divided into 2 categories:

  • Single-entry visa: the validity period is up to 90 days, the price is $ 40, and you can enter the country only once.
  • Multivisa: the validity period is up to six months, the price is $ 200, you can enter and leave the country many times.

— There are many Russians living in Thailand. Why do you think they choose this country?

– Sanuk Suai Sabai Manpenrai. In another way, this is the feeling when everything goes as it should, around positive and smiling people, a favorable climate, the sea, nature, fruits, and motives decide everything. Perfect.

— To avoid the language barrier while living in Thailand, is it necessary to speak Thai?

— There is such a language “Taiglish”, which consists of primitive English and the most common Thai words. It’s simple, it’s enough to know a basic set of 30 Thai words that you can learn in a month. This makes life in Thailand much easier.

– Expensive life in Thailand?

– Expensive-cheap relatively.

  • For example, the price of a small studio apartment (an area of 23 sq.m.) starts from $ 20,000.
  • Rent a small studio – from $ 150.
  • The cost of utilities in Thailand varies as follows. A month usually comes out 1000-1500 baht (1800-2700 rubles). for a small condo of 30 squares. In houses of 6000-12000 baht (10800-21700 rubles) bills are not uncommon.
  • The Internet is much more expensive than in Russia.
  • Food prices are about the same as in Russia, but there are more quality products and services in Thailand. This is much more important.

— How are things on the labor market in Thailand?

– Almost all Russians live in resorts: Pattaya, Phuket. They earn, respectively, in the field of tourism. I’m no exception. I am engaged in: organization of excursions, taxis, transfers, rent. If we touch on the financial issue, there are no average salaries in resort towns. For example, a saleswoman receives about 12,000 baht (21858 rubles). And for a farang (as Thais call people who come from another country), the minimum wage is 40,000 baht (72860 rubles).

— Why do the locals love Thailand? Why do you love this country?

– The locals are Thais. They are patriots, and they love their country and the king. This is not a theorem, but an axiom. I have met many people in Thailand in my life with whom I am on the same wavelength. I like that motives decide everything. And the law of karma works very fast. Sometimes, literally on the same day.

— Do Thais choose Russia as a tourist destination?

– Yes, there are a couple of Thai friends who were in Russia. I have one in my VK friends, his name is Tam. But I think most people are not interested in Russia.

– Are you traveling? What does traveling give you?

– yes. Travel sometimes gives the feeling that yes, that’s why it was worth so much to travel. I like to study the culture of other countries, and try it on myself.

– Your advice and wishes for those wishing to move to another country.

– Don’t think about moving. Plan a trip for 3 months and you will find the answers yourself.

Contacts of Evgeny:
Vk: vk.com/pattaya_sabai
Guided tours website: tourpattaya.ru
Forum: tayh.ru
Facebook: art666@bk.ru
Instagram: pattayasabai

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Photo by Evgeny, Olga Avrakh


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