Archive for July, 2012

Hermitage, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and Pavlovsk are the most disable friendly sigtseeing landmarks in St. Petersburg accroding to the research conducted by RIA “Novosti”, which was ranking all St. Petersburg museums in terms of arrangemts for disabled people. The rating included 62 most visited museums and exhibition halls of the city. The study assessed the external and internal architectural environment of collections.



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Helicopter Flights to the Valley of Geysers have been resumed in the Kronotsky Nature Reserve in the south of Kamchatka after over “a month fo silence” when all tours were prohibited in order not to disturb bears’ “private life” and their mating ceremonies. Also this was done for safety reasons as during the mating season the male bears become more aggressive.

Please visit Go Russia website to view tours in Kamchatka.

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Is there anything worse than applying for a new passport or visa? My eyes water and my hands tremble when I see those forms, clearly designed by the torturer-general of the Planet Zog, not a man who needs to visit planet Earth, or who cares for us lowly Earthlings. Anything that makes the visa process easier would make heroes of the brave bureaucrats who helped us citizens. Easier visa rules have been promised.

You know what is coming next.

Russia is going to switch to biometric visa data. In simple terms, this means that your visa will have a bar-coded picture of the insides of your eye. This will doubtless make travel much safer, as all terrorists have shifty, guilty looking eyes, so we can all sleep more easily.

The only problem is that it means, of course, no more visa applications by post, and everyone will have to go to the dedicated application centre in person. The Russian visa section in London has already started installing machines, so they expect the new system to be working next year.

Commentary by Yana.

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