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This quaint remedy against hypertension and a bunch of other  blood circulation maladies is still available and used here, although not as widely as before, when these cuties were sold in any self-respecting apothecary. I recently saw them at Leningradsky prospekt 72 (Sokol is the nearest metro station) at 70 roubles (just over $2) each.

Health certificates to take cats and dogs on trains

tashaA report on getting a health certificate for a dog is coming up. In the meantime feel free to ask about the rules and practices of getting animals on the train. To get a dog on the train you need to have a health certificate that is valid for no more than a week. Every year Alexandra goes through the ritual it goes smoother but not because common sense found its way into Russia but only because we discover better ways to maneuver through the increasing demanding system. Years ago I got one for a horse and wasn’t even required to show the animal. The horse was transported through two regional borders. Traffic cops do not appear to know that they are supposed to check animal papers, so on my way back I didn’t bother thus saving myself a day of work at 500 roubles.

Medical certificates

Those staying here too long will at some point learn about the institution of “spravki”. As of recent I’ve been immersed into this part of local Kafkaesque world more than ever before in my life. Thus this little compilation of stories and places that can be of assistance. Of course you are most welcomed to get me to guide you through the process. MORE>>

Medical certificates cheap and easy

This is an example of what a medical certificate you need to access a public swimming pool looks like

And the price is certainly right. The average cost for this service is in the 1200-1800 rouble area, so 500 roubles ($17) is a bargain.

If you stay here long enough to need a local driving license you will need this “health certificate”. You also need one to be admitted to a public pool, or to get an official job.

Khoroshevskoye shosse 43
Metro Polezhayevskaya
(495) 956 6907
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9am to 3pm.
Tuesday and Thursday 11am to 5pm.