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From our recent trip to Finland. This sign was found hidden in the bushes at the gas station in Alakurtti.
“We are waiting for you in the village of Alakurtti, ulitsa N. Naberezhnaya 50, tel. 8 911 314 4155, 8 911 336 3863.”
A warning based on the story of one of our guests: Although Alakurtti is NOT closed to foreigners the local police will monitor you closely and may burst in in the middle of night to check your documents. Alakurtti remains the last point before the Finnish border where you can find accommodation, and since the border crossing closes at 9pm it is wise to make a note of Alakurtti accommodation.
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Irrived in Moscow yesterday at 11:35am. First impressions after being away for over two years:
(1) Neatness and cleanliness leaning towards glamour.
(2) Huge police presence.
(3) A conspicuous number of Muslim-dressed people seen on Moscow streets.
(4) The traffic situation appears to be less of a problem than three years ago although this impression may be misleading as I arrived on Saturday, when traffic is not always high.
(5) Lots of bicycles. The colour of the season is white. And folding kick scooters all over not seen at all in 2013 Moscow.
(6) Public bicycle rental is all over, both in the city center and in the outskirts.
Barents observer reports that the Nenets organization Yasavey Manzara is the first indigenous peoples´ organization in the Barents Region to be declared “foreign agents”. The Arkhangelsk and Nenets department of the Ministry of Justice has put Yasavey Manzala on the foreign agents list on Sept. 23. This means the ceasure of organization’s work as continuing after being labeled “foreign agent” requires adminstrative resources Yasavey Manzara does not have.
I’d say if you are thinking of visiting Russia at all do it now, while it is cheap, before rouble inflation catches up with rising dollar and euro.