Russia, any information?!!

  • Romerolax

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    Jun 18, 2012 5:09 PM GMT
    hey, am thinking of visiting Russia and one another adjacent country like Belarus or Ukraine may be by first of July, just would appreciate any information, about places to visit, gay life there, accomodation(hostels or hotels), restaurants, clubs or any other recommendation, i will be travelling on my own, would love to meet any one along my trip.

    so far through search engines i am not that lucky, just get to know most visited cities are Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia

    hope i will get some help in here icon_smile.gif thanx for giveing the time to go through my post


    have a nice day icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 18, 2012 5:15 PM GMT
    What would you like to know? I studied in Russia for half a year in 2006. I lived in Nizhny Novgorod (about 400km or 250 miles northeast of Moscow).

    All I can say is that gay life in just about country of the former Soviet Union is underground. Yes, gay clubs and other places exist, but homophobia is very strong within the general public. I personally didn't go to any gay clubs in Nizhny Novgorod or Moscow.

    Nevertheless, I really enjoyed my time in Nizhny. Living in Russia was a lot better than I expected. However, I was simply there as a student. I'm sure my impression would be much different had I grown up there.

    I absolutely miss the cheap prices on groceries. It was AMAZING to spend only $10-$15 a week at the supermarket and eat very well!

    Ukraine and Belarus are pretty much very similar to Russia, except Belarus' government is a lot crazier.
  • Romerolax

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    Jun 18, 2012 8:09 PM GMT
    thanx icon_biggrin.gif really appreciate sharing the information
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    Jun 19, 2012 4:52 AM GMT
    Hate to be a party pooper but it's for you own safety.

    I am Serbian and the mentality is very similar to Russia....I wouldn't be openly gay there(or Ukraine or any Slavic country).

    I can't view your pictures since I am at work and the computer is messed up, but if you look really tan be careful....go on youtube write skinheads in Russia...they have been brutally attacking non Slavic looking people to send a message to immigrants.
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    Jun 19, 2012 5:23 AM GMT
    You mentioned St. Petersburg, and I've been there - and can comment on what I liked there. The main thing we did was visit the Hermitage Museum which is set in the Winter Palace, the former state residence of the Russian tsars. As museums go, this is a very good one, and it holds more than three million works of art and artefacts from world culture. In the evening, you might like to go to see a ballet at the Mariinsky theatre, which is about all there was to do at night. The best hotel (IMO) is the Alexander House, which is in the historic bohemian district.

    As far as gay life, I'd say it was on the D.L. I saw only a few guy couples, and they gave us a knowing glance and maybe a little smile at the museum. In St. Petersburg I think you're better off bringing your own guy along.
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    Jun 19, 2012 6:04 AM GMT
    try squirt.org for possible connections in Russia. I think it has people from there. St. Petersburg and Moscow are probably the only places with a gay bar or two. Not much going on there. Probably one of the most depressing gay life scenes I've seen in a place. One bar and one cruising park in St. Petersburg I saw. Probably 1 or 2 gay guys in the park.
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    Jun 19, 2012 6:22 PM GMT
    You definitely don't go to Russia (or any former Soviet country) for the gay life. I knew that well before I went to study there, so I had no choice but to accept an empty social life on the gay front, haha. Fortunately, the lack of gay times didn't stop me from enjoying myself nevertheless.

    I don't know if you have any linguistic abilities, but I highly recommend learning at least a little bit of Russian. If nothing else, make an effort to become familiar with the Cyrillic alphabet! Russians are very much like Americans in that they tend to speak only their native language, though yes, there are Russians in the tourism industry in Moscow and St. Petersburg who have a fairly good command of English or German. However, the average Russian isn't going to know any language besides Russian. A little bit of Russian goes a long way with them. You'll be surprised how much better your experience will be because of it. Plus you can use Russian in Belarus and Ukraine.
  • funkymonkey

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    Jun 19, 2012 9:30 PM GMT
    Russia is amazing, but also extremely fucked up (which in a weird way adds to its amazingness).
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    Jun 20, 2012 4:29 AM GMT
    All of the above is very true, except the food prices icon_biggrin.gif

    For the best experience, I would strongly suggest going with someone who is from there or been there before.
    But you'll be alright in the big cities like Moscow, St. Petersburg (well worth visiting) and Kiev, as there are many other tourists. Smaller cities might be a little challenging. Just know where you staying and where you're going(addresses) and stay away from the neighborhoods and public transportation at night. Taxi would be your best bet to move around the city. Its cheaper to call the taxi company other than catching one on the street...they will charge you double/ triple, especially when you're not from there. Subway might be better in Moscow, their traffic is just unreal.

    People are okay in general, everyone minds their own business and they do like most foreigners but dont trust anyone icon_biggrin.gif if you're planning on bringing someone over to your hotel, then you better watch your stuff, you might wake up in the morning and he'll be gone with your watch, wallet, ipad and iphone...a lot of shady people there(it hurts to write this about my people).
    There are gay friendly clubs but you have to know them. They are upscale and have very strict face control. gayciti.ru and mamba.ru are good sites to meet someone...again, be careful.

    Btw if some random dude is eying you on the street and not smiling its pretty normal, hes not gay hes just provoking you icon_biggrin.gif

    If you end up going to Ukraine and would want to go somewhere tropical, visit Yalta down at the Black sea, july is the best time to go there.


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    Jun 20, 2012 5:00 AM GMT
    Go to Ukraine in the summer. Ukrainian co-worker says winters are pretty miserable there.
  • Romerolax

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    Jun 20, 2012 5:16 AM GMT
    thanx alot guys i really appreciate all the posts that is really helpful icon_biggrin.gif