Ruble (RUB)

Official languages



GMT + 3

Calling code


Area codes

Belgrade: 4722, Ivanovo: 4932, Kaliningrad: 4112, Kursk: 4712, Moscow: 495, St Petersburg: – 812, Smolensk: 4812

Internet TLD



Generally shops are open Monday–Saturday from 9am to 7pm.

National holidays

New Year’s Day January 1
Orthodox Christmas January 7
Day of the Defenders of the Motherland February 23
International Women’s Day March 8
Spring and Labour Day May 1 & 2
Victory in Europe Day May 9
Russia Day June 12
National Unity Day November 4
Constitution Day December 12

National dish

Beef Stroganoff – beef goulash with onions, mushrooms and peppers
Schi – cabbage soup with meat and onions
Borscht – beetroot soup
Okroshka – summer cold vegetable soup
Solyanka – spicy and sour soup made from meat or fish
Sieliodka pod szuboj – fish salad
Olivier – salad from meat and vegetables


Russia’s electricity runs on 220V/50Hz.


All travelers (except citizens of some former Soviet republics) need a visa, valid passport and return ticket to enter Russia. In order to obtain a visa travelers need an invitation from a Russian citizen or a Russian company/agency. Visas are issued in Russian embassies and consulates. There are different types of visas:
- transit visas for those who intend to travel via Russia to another country;
- tourist visas for travellers who plan one short visit in Russia (up to 14 days);
- business multiple/double/single visas for 1,5-month to 3-month stays;
- private visas for travellers who plan to visit friends and get registered with them.

Useful numbers

Ambulance: 03
Fire Brigade: 01
Police: 02