Самое ценное в жизни и в стихах - то, что сорвалось. - М. И. Цветаева
A.N.Skryabin State Memorial Museum
Phones: (095) 241-1901, 241-1900
Fax: (095) 377-6648
Profile: Literary, Theatrical, Musical
Type: State museum
Postal code: 121002
Address: 11, Nikolo-Peskovskiy lane Moscow
Area (m2): 332,89
What To See
The facade of the Tretyakov.
Museums and Galleries
From icons to Kandinsky, this is the premiere collection of Russian art; most of it unjustly neglected or excluded
from the Western canon of art history.
10-12 Lavrushinsky Pereulok
Hours: 10a.m.-8p.m. Tues-Sun.
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
This is to Moscow what the Hermitage is to St. Petersburg -- the major collection of Western art and antiquities. In
1995, it confessed to owning hundreds of works seized from Germany by the Red Army after World War II. These
revelations fueled worldide debate regarding their restitution. In 1997, the Russian parliament passed a bill that
made the art property of the Russian state.
12 Volkhonka Ulitsa
Hours: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Tues-Sun.
Andrei Ryblyov Museum (inside the Andronikov Monastery)
The museum is named for the monestary's most celebrated monk- fifteenth century icon painter Andrei Ryblyov.
Strangely, there are not any of Rybylov's own icons here, but visiting is worthwhile to see the collection from the
Moscow, Rostov and Novgorod schools of painting.
10 Andronyevskaya Ploshchad
Metro: Ploshchad Ilicha
Hours: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mon, Tues, Thurs- Sun. Closed last Friday of the month.
Some Private Galleries
Moscow hosts numers private galleries that are open for public viewing. Most feature free admssion, and many
retain the provocative style of Soviet art venues. The Gelman Gallery (7/7 Ulitsa Malaya Polyanka, Tel: 238-8492,
Metro: Polyanka) has exibitions that are usually incorporated into some kind of "happening."
This is the principal Kremlin museum, with an unimaginatively rich collection that evolved from the royal weaponry
and armour workshops once located here. Court carriages, thrones, crowns, and extensive ambassadoral gifts to
Russian tsars are on display here. The "pieces de resistance" of the collection are undoubtebly the Faberge eggs,
including one that bears a scale model of the trans-Siberian train in gold, by the famous miniaturist.
Kremlin, Troitsky Most
Metro: Okhotny Ryad
Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Wed, Fri-Sun.
Andrei Sakharov Museum and Community Center
Located in a handsome park across the Garden Ring from the Andrei Sakharov Archives, the museum is a memorial
to human rights activist and Nobel Laureate, Andrei Sakharov. It is funded by several Russian and U.S. based
foundations dedicated to the development of civil society in Russia and promotes Sakharov's ideals of tolerance,
democracy, and civil liberties.
6/56 Zemlyanoi Val.
State Historical Museum
The development of Russian civilization, from the early Neanderthal stirrings to the formation of the Kievan Rus, is
exhibited here, giving a good idea of what the first and most ferocious tribes to roam the Russian plains actually
1 Krasnaya Ploshchad
Metro: Ploshchad Revolutsii, or Okhotny Ryad
Hours: 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Mon, Wed-Sun.
Central Museum of the Revolution
This is the best twentieth century museum in Moscow. Exhibits range from stones thrown at policemen during the
1905 Revolution to a complete and level headed account of the revolution and coups of the early 1990s.
21 Tverskaya Ulitsa
Hours: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sun.
Celebrated futurist poet Vladimir Myakovsky moved into a room in this modest communal appartment in 1919, and
lived here intermitantly until 1930. Some rooms are preserved as they were when Mayakovsky committed suicide,
and others illustrate a futurist chaos strewn with comics drawn by the poet, first editions of his poems and love
letters to Lila Brik, with whom he lived for some time.
3/6 Lybyansky Proyezd
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon, Tues, Fri-Sun, 1-9 p.m. Thurs.
A spectacular example of the style moderne complete with ceramic tiles and a cascading marble staircase, this was
the home of Maxim Gorky from 1931-36 after he was persuaded by Stalin to return to Russia, but before he was
allegedly poisoned by Yagoda, one of Stalin's henchmen.
6/2 Malaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa
Hours: 12-7 p.m. Wed, Fri, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Thurs, Sat, Sun. Closed last Friday of the month.
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Estates and Monestaries
This pink neo-classical building was built of wood in the 1770s by the serfs of Count Sheremeyev, one of th richest
landowners in Russia and also responsile for Ostankino. It is th only building of its kind to survive in Russia, and
also features extensive gardens fashioned in classical eighteenth century style and marble sculptures imported from
Italy. Also hosts a porcelian collection, some hand-decorated with Bolshevik slgans and portraits of the great
2 Ryazansky Proyezd
Metro: Pervovo, then a 10 minute walk, or Metro Ryazansky Prospekt, then bus 133 or 208.
Hours: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Wed- Sun. Closed last Wed of the month.
Built between 1792-98, this is another one of Count Sheremetyev's serf-built palaces. The interior boasts richly
adorned ceilings and walls, and an oriental atmosphere in the main hall. The grounds often host summer concerts,
and there is a separate pavillion that houses temporary exhibits.
5 1-ya Ostankino Ulitsa
Hours: 18 May- 1 Oct 10 a.m.- 5p.m. Tues- Sun, Closed when it is raining, or when humidity is over 80%.
Most of all, Kolomenskoye is a wonderful expanse of park that attracts many people but never gets crowded. Part of
the area is taken up by the Museum of Wooden architecture, as which Kolomenskoye began life in 1667 when Tsar
Alexsei erected a wooden palace on the premises. The haphazard arrangement of connecting corridors and bulbous
domes was pulled down by Catherine the Great, but not before she ordered an exact model to be made, which is now
housed in the museum.
Metro: Kolomenskaya, exit at the front of the train, turn left in the underpass, then right and walk straight ahead up
Hours: grounds- 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Tues-Sun, museum-11 a.m.-5 p.m.Tues- Sun.
The Volkov-Yusupov chambers are a rarity for the fact that they have weathered the test of time. Resembling a
fairy-tale castle, the stone house at 21 Bolshoi Kharitonyevsky Pereulok dates back to the 16th century, with
reconstruction and redesign continuing up until the 19th century. The powerful and influential have resided in its
rooms and wandered in its gardens, including Ivan the Terrible and a very young Alexander Pushkin.
21 Bolshoi Kharitonyevsky Pereulok
Metro: Krasnye Vorota
Established in 1524 to commemorate the recapture of Smolensk by Russian forces, Novodevichy (New Convent of
the Maidens) is one of the most beautiful in the city. While the monastery is beautiful, Novodevichy Cemetary is
one of the most fasinating spots in Moscow. Pre-revolutionary artistic luminaries, Communist generals and
politicians who didn't quite make it ibto the Kremlin wall, as well as Soviet scholars and scientists. Many twentieth
century giants are found here, such as, Mikhail Bulgakov, Vladimir Myakovsky, Sergei Eisenstein, Shostavich and
1 Novodovichy Proyezd
Hours: 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. daily.
Founded in 1591 by Tsar Fyodor Iannovich to house the Donskaya Icon of the Mother of God as a mark of gratitude
for victories over Crimean warlords, the Donskoi Monastery has been plundered three times over the Time of
Troubles, Napolean and the Revolution- after which it became a museum to atheism. Russian tours by one of the
monks are extremely rewarding, the charge being a contribution towards upkeep. Visitors should recognize that it is
a working monastery and exercise respectful behaviour and modest dress while there.
1 Donskaya Ploshchad
Hours: 7 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. daily.
Lenin's Mausoleum gracing the edge of Red Square.
Red Square and the city of Moscow were created simultaneously. While Moscow has changed dramatically, Red
Square remains one of the city's constants. Sandwiched between Yury Dolgoruky's new Kremlin walls and the
medieval shopping precinct that later became upper trading rows, the new Kremlin is just a little bigger and GUM
just a little further back than the tangle of stalls that preceeded it.
Metro: Okhotney Ryad
Hours: Lenin's Mausoleum is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Access to the normally wide-
open Red Square is restricted during the embalmed Soviet leader's visiting hours.
St. Basil's Cathedral
Confusion still exists over who actually built the catherdral. The legend goes, that Ivan the Terrible, who
commissioned the construction to celebrate the victory over the Golden Horde, was so overcome with its beauty that
he put out the eyes of its architects so that they could never create something to rival it's beauty. The twisting
cupolas and clashing colors of the onion domes that make it the best known landmark in Moscow, is also said to
exemplify the enigmatic spirit of the Russian people.
2 Krasnaya Ploshchad (Red Square)
Metro: Ploshchad Revolutsii
Hours: 10a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon, Wed-Sun. Closed first Mon of each month.
Visitors who wish to understand Russia and her long struggle for freedom should make a point to walk the Arbat.
The street existed as early as 1493, as records of a great fire that began in a church once located there confirm.
During the reign of Ivan the Terrible it was the home of his sixteenth century secret police. By the seventeenth
century it had become the chosen home of aristocrats, and later artists seeking patronage made it their home. It took
on its current appearance at the turn of the twentieth century when elegant two and three story buildings were built
for bourgeois families. After 1917, these were converted into communal appartments where several working class
The Church of Christ the Saviour
No other site in Moscow chronicles the successive changing of the guard more than the site of the recently rebuilt
Church of Christ the Saviour. The original cathedral was commissioned by Tsar Alexander I to honour Napolean's
expulsion in 1812. It took 40 million bricks and 45 years to build and only one day to destroy. In 1931, the
monument was imploded on Stalin's directives to make was for the grandiose monstrosity, the Palace of Soviets.
Fortunately, this most resented construction never really got off of the ground, and by the late 1950's and
Khrushchev's thaw, it had become one of the biggest swimming pools in the world. The original design was
reconstructed as colsely as possible, although this time concrete was used and a huge parking lot was added.
4 Volkhonka Ulitsa
Hours: 10a.m.- 6p.m. daily.
Pushkin, on par with Shakespeare and Goethe, was too great ever to be affected by changes in political fashions and
was respected in communist and non-communist times alike. The square has been the site of pro-democracy
demonstrations in the dying days of communism. Now it is a popular place to meet or rest one's feet after treading
along the trendy shopping district of Tverskaya Ulitsa.
The Moscow Zoo has recently been rennovated and is worth a visit. It is not as large as most city zoos, and is often
crowded on pulic holidays and weekends.
1 Bolshaya Gruzinskaya Ulitsa
Metro: Barrikadnaya or Krasnopresnenskaya
Hours: May-Sept. 9a.m.-6p.m. Tuesday-Sun.
Tsvetnoi Bulvar Circus
The "old" circus is the smaller of the two, and produces fabulous shows that usually have a central theme. The show
includes a variety of acts, from clowns to acrobats. The intricate costumes and colorful acts are second to none.
13 Tsvetnoi Bulvar
Metro: Tsvetnoi Bulvar
Performances: 7p.m. Mon, Wed, Fri; 3p.m, 7p.m. Sat and Sun.
Circus on Sparrow Hills
This new-ish circus has five interchangeable arenas. The acts change constantly, and guarantee a great spectacle for
very little money.
7 Prospect Vernadskogo
Performances: 7p.m. Wed-Fri; 11:30a.m., 3p.m., 7p.m., Sat and Sun.
All of the matrioshka dolls, lacquer boxes and Soviet memorabilia that you can handle, as well as some truely
beautiful linens and crafts. Vendors are friendly and many speak English.
Metro: Izmailovski Park, from here follow the crowds.
Hours: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily.
Spectacular look-out point, with a view of Moscow from the south side of the river, overlooking Luzhniki Stadium
and Moscow Staue University behind. Sparrow Hills features largely into the devil scenes of Mikhail Bulgakov's
most famous novel "The Master and Margarita."
In winter, Gorky Park is a good place to go ice skating. In summer, it hosts an amusement park.
Metro: Oktyabrsksya or Park Kultury
This vast establishment was completed in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Soviet Union's World War
Two victory. It is worth noting that is it located on the spot where Napoleon stood as he watched Moscow burning.
On May 9, Victory Day, Muscovites gather here to celebrate the triumph over Nazi Germany The while crescent
shaped building contains the Great Patriotic War Museum (open 10 a.m.-6p.m. Tues-Sun).
Metro: Kutuzovskaya, then trolly bus to Victory Park
Moscow River Cruises
A two hour cruise on one of the boats on the Moscow River is truely a nice way to spend a hot summer day in
Moscow. There is an open air top deck and an enclosed bottom deck with a snack bar. You can embark and
disembark from any number of docks along the way.
Piers are located at: Moscow State University, Gorky Park (both sides of the river), Bolshoi Karmeny Most (by the
Estrada Theater opposit the Kremlin), Hotel Rossiya, Bolshoi Krasnoholmsky Most and the Novospassky Monastery
Hours: 10 a.m.- 8p.m. daily at 30 minute intervals.
There are also overnight cruises from 1 to 20 days departing from the Severny Rechnoy Vokzal (Tel:458-
9163/9624) and from the Yuzhny Rechnoy Vokzal (Tel: 118-7811).
VVTs (All-Russia Exhibition Centre)
Established in 1937, and containing of more than 80 pavillions each representing one aspect of the great economic,
industrial and technical might of communism, the Exhibition of Economic Achievements functioned as such until
the 1980s. Today, miniature trains ferry shoppers around this gigantic complex.
Hours: 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Mon- Fri, 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sat, Sun, public holidays.
What To See
Sergiyev Posad's Trinity Monastery.
Day Trips From Moscow
A small town 60 kilometers northeast of Moscow, Sergiyev Posad's greatest treasure is the Trinity Monastery of St.
Sergius (Troitse-Sergieva Lavra), founded in 1340.
From a religious and historical point of view St. Sergiust is considered one of the most important monasteries in
Russia. The Tatars burned down the original wooden structure in 1408 but within a decade a new sandstone Trinity
Cathedral was built.
The monastery's highlighs are the icons painted by Andrei Rubylov and his disciples. The cathedral also houses the
tomb of St. Sergius, whose relics are the most esteemed in Russian Orthodoxy and attract thousands of pilgrims
Monastery tel. 8-254-45356
Regular suburban trains run from Moscow's Savyolovsky Station.
Known in Russian as Novy Iyersalim, this monastery 50 kilometers west of Moscow is a complete recreation of the
temples and shrines of the Holy Land.
The complex was built in the 17th Century by Nikon, a patriarch whose reforms caused a schism in the Orthodox
Church. The monastery is located in the Istra River valley and christened with names from the Bible. A hillock
nearby is known as Mount Sion, the river is called Jordan and the main structure on the premises —The Cathedral of
the Resurrection — is trumpeted as a copy of Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchure.
At the back of the monastery is a spring whose waters are supposed to have healing properties. Beyond the
monastery's walls are several wooden buildings -- an 18th-century house and inn, a 19th-century peasants home, a
windmill and a chapel -- all relocated from a nearby village to form the Museum of Wooden Architecture.
For guided tours in English for groups contact 8-231-44375.
Monastery open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
Closed the last Friday of the month.
Gorki Leninskiye is a small village 30 kilometers southeast of Moscow and houses the estate where Lenin whiled
away his last years. The estate formerly belonged to Lidya Morzova, the wife of an industrialist, but was confiscated
after the revolution. It was chosen as the place for Lenin to recuperate after he was shot in 1918 and again after his
stroke in 1922.
The house is now a museum where all the clocks still stand at 6:50 a.m., the time of Lenin's death. Visitors also get
an insight into Lenin's spartan tastes. The estate also houses the Lenin Museum, which was built in the 1980s to
commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.
The Lenin Museum and the Gorki Leninskiye Estate
Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Monday.
Closed last Monday of the month.
The village of Borodino, 115 kilometers west of Moscow, is famous as the battlefield where the Russians fought
Napoleon's army in 1812.
An estimated 100,000 soldiers from both sides died that day and the French went on to capture the abandoned city of
Moscow. But the toll the Russians took on Napoleon's forces at Borodino eventually proved too much, and with
winter as their ally, the Russian troops beat the French into submission on their arduous trek back to Paris.
History buffs can walk the entire battlefield Ń more than a 100 square kilometers marked with obelisks dedicated to
the fallen units on both sides. There is also a collection of bunkers, some dating to back to World War II when the
Germans followed Napoleon's footsteps.
The nearby Borodino Museum offers a miniature overview of the battlefield.
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
Closed last Friday of the month.
The village of Peredelkino was originally a part of the pre-Revolutionary Kolychev family estate. After the
Revolution the Soviet Writers Union took it over and converted it into a writers refuge.
Twenty kilometers southwest of Moscow, Peredelkino today attracts tourists who wish to see Boris Pasternak's
dacha. Now called the Pasternak House Museum, the wooden dacha has been kept as it was in Pastenak's day Ń the
iron bed where he died, the study where he wrote Dr. Zhivago and the bookshelves where the works of his favorite
authors sit gathering dust.
To round off the trip it's worth visiting Pasternak's grave located in the writers' cemetery near the Peredelkino
Pasternak House Museum
Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.
Arkangelskoye is considered one of the grandest estates in the Moscow region. It was once the home of Prince
Nikolai Yusopov, one of the richest Russians ever and was filled with the treasures that he collected.
The palace has been undergoing lenghty reconstruction; there is no completion date nor end in sight and the house is
not open to the public. The estate grounds, however, are a pleasure to wander in. The gardens are built in a
multilevel Italian style filled with copies of 18th century classical sculptures.
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday.
Vladimir is one of the main towns on the Golden Ring, a loop of very old cities northeast of Moscow.
Founded in 1108, 40 years before Moscow, Vladimir was a flourishing cultural center dotted with magnificent
churches and cathedrals. It was destroyed by the Tatars in 1238 and 1293, and slowly fell in importance as Moscow
became more prominent.
Today Vladimir looks like many provincial Russian towns and is used primarily by tourists as a stopover en-route to
the more pictaresque Suzdal. Most of the impressive historic buildings can be found off Ulitsa III Internationala.
Behind the Golden Gates (Zolotoye Vorota) is the Assumption Cathedral (open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily) built between
1158 and 1160. In the 1470's the Italian architect Aristotle Fioravanto was instructed to use it a model to build the
Moscow Kremlin's own Assumption Cathedral.
Though it has a strikingly simple exterior one of the most exalted treasures inside is a fresco of the Last Supper by
Andrei Rubylov and Danil Chyorny painted in 1408.
Further along the bank of the Klyazma River is the Cathedral of St. Dimitry famous for its stone carvings of
fantastic birds and strange animals. Inside are 12th century Byzantine style frescoes, but the cathedral is usually
locked to the public.
Fifty-three kilometers north of Vladimir, Suzdal is a charming little town famous for its monasteries, churches and
convents. This is what Russia might have looked like if communist architecture had not prevailed.
Almost fairy-tale like in appearance, the oldest buildings are located in the Kremlin, which was founded in the 11th
century. The most remarkable is the Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral, built in 1225 and rebuilt in 1528, with its blue
domes spangled with gold.
A fine collection of icons can be found in the Archbishop's Chambers. North of the Kremlin is the Pokrovsky and
Spaso-Yefimyevsky monastery; off the main square are the Rizopolozhensky monastery and Alexandrovsky
In order to make the most of Suzdal, it is advisable to spend the whole day walking from one monastery to another,
soaking in the atmosphere of this quaint little town.
The town is used to busloads of tourists and has an efficient Main Tourist Complex, which can help arrange
overnight stays in the local hotels and guest houses.
Main Tourist Complex (Glavny Turistky Complex) tel. 8-09231-21530 3.
Yasnaya Polyana (Clear Glade) was Leo Tolstoy's sprawling country estate. Located 240 kilometers south of
Moscow, the complex is one Russia's most famous literary landmarks and houses the Tolstoy House Museum and
Tolstoy Literary Museum.
It was here that this famous writer was born, spent most of his life and is buried. The large unkempt grounds are
marked with little green signs displaying fragments of prose or poetry inspired by that particular location.
The Tolstoy house is a modest two-story building preserved in much the same manner as it was before the writer's
death in 1910. One of the main attractions is the study where he wrote War and Peace and Anna Karenina.
A short walk from the main house is Tolsty's unmarked grave — a raised grassy patch fenced off by cherry trees.
Visiting the grave is a tradition for newlyweds from the nearby town of Tula.
Yasna Polyana House Museum and Estate
House Open -11am-3pm, Estate-10:30am-4:30pm Wednesday to Sunday.
Closed last Wednesday of the month.
What To Know:
Most visas can be obtained through your local travel agency. Upon arrival, all foreign entry visas
should be registered in OVIR (visa and registry department) by the hotel administration. If staying
in private apartments, foreign guests should register themselves in local offices of the OVIR
department within three days of arrival.
Tourist visas are valid up to thirty days, and may be obtained at your local travel agency by filling in
an official application form.
Business visas last sixty days, and can also be obtained at a travel agency if you present a written
invitation from a Russian firm or partner, three personal photographs, and a photocopy of the first
six pages of your passport.
Repeated entry visas (issued for a period of up to six months), which may interest businessmen who
come to Russian on a regular basis. These visas are issued based on applications submitted by the
Russian companies, joint ventures, etc., to OVIR departments. Foreign companies stationed in
Russia should appeal to the Consular Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The
application should include all explanations regarding the requirement for the repeated entry visa.The
travel agency will then forward the info and the application to Russian Embassy.
Visitor visas require a personal invitation and an accommodation guarantee.
Before passing through customs you have to fill in the customs declaration and indicate the
available amount of foreign currency in cash and traveler's checks. It is also advisable to mention
the valuables your are carrying, especially if you have any jewelry made in Russia or other CIS
countries and expensive electronics (including PC notebooks, video cameras, etc). The customs
declaration should be kept up to the end of your stay in Russia, as it may be required for departure
No customs duty is required for your personal belongings for a price of $2,000 U.S., (the goods
priced at up to $200 are duty free, if sent by international mail). However, the amount of some items
brought into Russia is limited by the local customs regulations. These are, for example, alcoholic
beverages, etc. The customs requirements are subject to frequent changes, but any Russian
Consulate, when issuing your entry visa, should always provide you with the information about the
latest charges, if any.
A foreigner may also bring one car, duty-free, for the period of their stay. The car cannot be sold or
transferred to any other person.
It is prohibited to import into Russia narcotics, toxic and radioactive items, explosives, explosive
devices, or weaponry.
Before passing through customs you must fill in a customs declaration. No duty is necessary if the
total cost of items taken out from Russia is less than $750 U.S. Items under $75 may be sent duty-
free via international mail (over $75 worth costs 60 percent of the customs value of the item).
When calling home, it is significantly cheaper to use a public phone rather than a hotel phone. There
are public, card-operated phones of the entrance halls of Moscow's Metro stations. The cards are
available in cashier windows at the same Metro stations. The approximate price is $15 U.S. The
credit left on the cards is shown on the phone's digital display. You may also call from post offices,
where an operator will connect you to the required number. Phone cards are also available at post
offices. It is always cheaper to call on weekends, international holidays, and weekday nights.
Making calls in Moscow is free from your hotel phone. Tokens for the public telephones are
available at the Metro entrances, but it is much more convenient to use plastic phone cards (with one
card you can phone 50 times, provide the duration of each call is three minutes or less). The card
operated phones are available at the Metros. Using the card, you may also call other cities and towns
in Russian and the CIS. When doing so, dial an 8 first, followed by the city code and the local
All payments in Russia are made in rubbles. However, in many shop prices are often indicated in
German marks are U.S. dollars. The rate of the rubble changes all the time (decreases, mainly),
which is why standard units are used. On October 1, 1997, one U.S. dollar equaled 5,864 rubbles. In
shops, the exchange rate may be higher than the official listing.
You can exchange your money for rubbles at commercial banks, exchange offices, and hotels. Look
for a board with the sign (tk Cyrillic). It the currency exchange office is a small one, it will only
accept dollars or marks. You can also reconvert rubbles at the offices. You may also be approached
by "fartsovchiki" (gamblers), who may offer their services for currency exchange. We advise that
you stay away from these people, however, as they may try to cheat you.
Some hotels and restaurants will let you pay in foreign currency, but it must always be either dollars
Most hotels, shops, and restaurants, especially those near the city center, accept all major credit
cards. Sometimes you may be asked to show your passport or identifying documents. Traveler's
checks haven't yet become popular in Moscow, but you may always exchange them for cash in
exchange offices, hotels, and banks.
The local mass media says a lot about the criminal situation in Russia, but most cases of murder and
many other crimes are directly related to the local Mafia and financial intrigues. If you have no
intention of conducting illegal activity in Moscow, you'll be safe and protected. The best advice is to
simply stay away from people who you don't trust or like. Never give your advice or telephone
number to people you don't know. Like you would in any other city, it is best to follow these simple
- Avoid walking through unknown and deserted streets after dark.
- When walking through crowded streets, big stores, or marketplaces, check your pockets regularly.
If pickpockets see that you are on your guard, they'll be less likely to single you out.
- Never carry a lot of money with you. Most stores and restaurants downtown accept credit cards.
- The crowded public places (like railway stations and the Arbat, e.g.) are full of Gypsies, who may
offer to tell your fortune. Most are legitimate, but some can be thieves. Be on your guard.
Address: Yuliusa Fuchika ul., 17/19
Phone: 956-4920, 250-1070/71
SLOVAK REPUBLIC (Consular Section)
Moscow State Big Circus on Vernadskogo prospect
Address: Vernadskogo prospect, 7
Nearest Subway: Universitet
Phone: 095-930-6757, 095-930-0272
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daily from 10:00 till 19:00
The circus was opened on the 30th of April, 1971. Illusionists, clowns, kangaroo, monkeys, dogs, Ussurian and
Bengalian tigers perform shows. There is a cafe in the circus. An amusements ground is next to the circus.
Comments to prices:
Tickets - 30-250 rbl.
Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War
Address: Bratiev Fonchenko ul., 10
Nearest Subway: Kutuzovskaya
Phone: 095-148-5550, 095-142-4185, 095-449-8089
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The museum is located in the Victory park. It was open in the middle of the 90th in honor of the victory in the Great
Patriotic War in 1941 - 1945.
Comments to prices:
Free entrance. 5 rbl. for children and 10 rbl. for adults - a ticket to the diorama.
095-148-5550. In Russian. Excursions: 10 rbl. - for children and students, 15 rbl. - for adults, 110 rbl. - for
10:00 - 17:00 Tuesday - Sunday, except last Thursday of a month