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    Photo trips to Russia.

    Welcome to Russia!

    Russia not so is popular as the country of Asia for photographers. I think, it is connected with an information lack. The majority of people associate Russia with Moscow, the Golden Ring, St.-Petersburg... The few will remember Baikal Lake or Altai. But Russia is much more and is much more interesting.

    Various nationalities live in this country. Some of them have kept the most ancient crafts and culture. A separate layer of history and culture - old believes settlements. Besides many monuments of an epoch of the USSR have remained up to now: GULAG, the Transpolar highway, separate cities with architecture of 50-60th years of 20 centuries... The Photographers, who specializing on abandoned places, will find a lot of interesting too - the abandoned factories, mines, military facilities and even the abandoned towns.

    Also the main thing, than Russia - unforgettable and various landscapes is rich!

    I am ready to answer your questions about travel across Russia. I can advise interesting places, tell about features and complexities etc.

    If are you interesting of photo trips to Russia, but you need the help to implement it, then you can pass go to link to learn more: http://photoexpedition.org/travel

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    Given the not so distant war between Russia and Georgia, I wouldn't go that route.

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    Russia would be amazing.
    I'd like to go there and use a FED to take lots of pictures whilst reading Dostoyevsky and Pushkin.

    Alas, I'm poor.

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    Umut, Australia. No amount of hitchhiking can get me to Mother Russia.

    Say, what do you mean Visa free day? Can Turks travel to Russia without a visa?

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    It's not getting to Russia that's the problem, it's getting out again.
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    Umut,
    Russia - Georgia border gate is open. Control on border more careful only. The name of this border gate is "Kazbegi" or "Verhnij Lars". The nearest railway is located in Vladikavkaz. You can go to http://pass.rzd.ru/ and take all information about russian trains (English interface present)

    Wars between Georgia and Russia aren't present. But the North Caucasus which is territory of Russia - dangerous enough place. I advise to came to Russia directly or through Ukraine, if you can.

    The hitchhiking is a good way of travel across Russia. You can pass 1000-1400 kilometers for light day in the summer. You should know only a few Russian and at once warn, that you travel a free of charge.

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    Somehow hitch hiking across thousands of miles of a country where I don't even speak the language with a load of expensive photographic equipment seems to me to be a disaster waiting to happen to both the equipment and myself.
    Ben

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    Ben, you are the pessimist :-)
    200-300 words in the lexicon suffices for successful hitch hiking travel. It is not the hard work. 1-2 months of easy work at leisure time.
    Danger of a hitch hiking is strongly exaggerated. I am hitchhiker more than 10 years. I feel bigger safety on a road, instead of in Moscow.
    But talks about hitch hiking beyond this forum. I am ready to discuss details , on other resource with that who are interested.

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    Train travel in Russia is very pleasant. Not too expensive and there is always hot and sweet tea available.

    I have hitch hiked a lot in Moscow and other large cities in Russia. You stop a car, tell where you want to go and then negotiate a price. It is a quite normal way to earn a few extra rubles. It is generally not free. The only danger that I have experienced has been bad driving and lack of seat belts.

    Moscow is a wonderful place to photograph. Full of contrasts, both rough and beautiful and full of expressive people.

    There are some very good and cheap photo labs in Moscow, for example one close to Kuznetski Most.

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    I too would recommend Ukraine over dangerous Kaukasus. Take the train to Kyiv - very picturesque. Then continue.

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