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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Russia. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Russia.
Currencie(s): Russian ruble
Tipping: Tipping bartenders in a pub is not common, but it is expected in an up-market bar. Taxi drivers also count on a tip of 5–10%. Older Russians consider tipping an offensive practice and detest it. In smaller rural towns, tipping is rarely expected.
Corruption: Russia has a corruption score of 72 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Russia, be very careful: threats to your well-being may come from muggers and police officers alike. According to Transparency International, Russia is one of the most corrupt nations around the world.
Russia is concidered to be a VERY dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 3.09 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Moscow is 18.
Age of Consent: 16 years.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Russia.
Russia scores a -9/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Timezone: UTC+03:00 to UTC+12:00
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 220 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F
Weather: Currently overcast clouds, with a temperature between -10 and -10°C (14 and 14°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 16.16 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Russia.