Medical care is not advanced in Russia due to shortages of medical supplies, and, in some cases, may not even have consistent electrical power. The U.S. Social Security Medicare Program does not coverage for hospital or medical costs in Russia. So, if you need special therapy for your health, it's better bring your necessaries with you from U.S..


You should be always alert to your surroundings; money, bags, documents etc. As in any city, watch out for pickpockets, and don't enter nor walk in the shabby streets. Don't be drunken. It'll be good target to get assaulted or robbed. Reporting incidents to the police is not easy. Few speak English and they are not interested.