Culture and language

Russia is a multinational state. More than 190 nations live on its territory, each of them has its own culture, religion and customs. There are more than 70 confessions in the country. Most believers in Russia profess Christianity in the form of Orthodoxy.

Main Holidays

  • December 31 - January 1 - New Year
  • January 7 - Christmas
  • February 23 - Defender of the Fatherland Day
  • March 8 - International Women's Day
  • May 1 - Spring and Labor Day
  • May 9 - Victory Day
  • June 12 - Day of Russia
  • First or second Saturday of September - Day of the City of Moscow
  • November 4 - National Unity Day
  • December 12 - Constitution Day of the Russian Federation

Moscow and main sightseeings

There are many places of interest for tourists in Moscow: Red Square, the Moscow Kremlin, St. Basil's Cathedral, the Mausoleum, GUM, Alexander Garden, etc. In addition, Moscow is famous for its museums. The largest historical museum in Russia is located on Red Square. Art lovers will be interested in the Tretyakov Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art.

Basic Precautions

Moscow is a safe city with a developed infrastructure and an efficient public transport system.

However, in Moscow, as in any big city, some caution is required, especially during public events (eg football matches, nightly concerts, etc.). Pickpocketing still exists, especially in public transport, nightclubs and music concerts. The risks in Moscow are no higher than the risks in a big city in the US, Canada or Europe. If you are careful and vigilant, you will not have problems.

We recommend to follow the rules:

  1. Always carry a copy of your passport, visa and original registration card with you;
  2. Add your country's embassy number to your mobile phone's contact list;
  3. Beware of pickpockets in crowded places;
  4. Keep an eye on your luggage while traveling and try not to take more than you can comfortably carry with you;
  5. Store your valuables (money, wallet, credit cards, passport) in zippered pockets (on clothes or in a bag);
  6. Don't respond to verbal abuse;
  7. In Russia it is normal for the police to stop anyone on the street or in the subway and ask for the documents.  We recommend to inform the police officer that you will call your embassy to be met by an embassy representative.

The emergency number for mobile phones is "112".

A call from a mobile phone is free of change and possible even if the number is blocked lack of money and no SIM card is inserted into the phone.

When you call, stay calm. After connection, the voice answering machine will work. The text of the message is reproduced in Russian and English.

The text of the message in English: “To connect with the fire and rescue service, press key 1; with the police - press the key 2; with an ambulance - press the key 3; with gas service - press key 4".

If you listen to the answering machine message twice and do not press any key, the call will be directed to the 112 multichannel number.

The operator will then ask you to answer some questions. Answer clearly. Do not hang up when the operator says: "Wait, hold on the line."

In a life-threatening situation, the operator will continue to ask questions while rescuers go to the you.


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