My computer literacy has reached previously unsurpassed levels. I’ve installed not just a counter but a real spy system that tells me what search phrases you people use and what pages attract and captivate your invaluable attention. I confess my mastering the system instead of expanding my horizons merely further lowered my opinion of my brethren. I thought I was a sick pervert in my search patterns, and carefully erased surfing history. Don’t think I will bother any more because you out there are way worse. One of few “clean” requests that made someone spend time here in this something of a guide and at my personal/miscellaneous blog was how to do a bank transfer from Russia to the Royal Bank of Canada. I do this regularly and am can assure you the operation is simple. There are thing to watch out for however. You can’t do a transfer to yourself, or else you will be sent to tax authorities first. The only reason for transfer that keeps it easy is “financial support”. It cannot be rent, or else you’ll be told to produce a copy (certified, notarized etc.) of the agreement. As of a couple of months ago, when I last did it, a transfer from Pavel Voytinsky to Paul Voytinsky whom I claimed to be different people – given the difference in time and context the claim was probably close to truth – worked. Before that Alla did a transfer for me. She, being a lawyer, she is anal about following rules (professional character accentuation) and thus insisted it was rent rather than “financial support”. Of course she was told to produce the rental agreement that just wasn’t there. When faced with the choice of breaking one of local rules or being killed on the spot she make the right decision and changed her story, and the bank proceeded with the transfer. The cost is something like $25 on this end the the Royal Bank of Canada I think charges $15, plus losses at exchange. Seems like the total cost is around $50. All you need to know is the SWIFT code whatever it is, Bank code, transit code, and your account number. The whole process takes 40 min. in the slowest of state bank (Sberbank) branches(tried that from Starisa and Kandalaksha). In the center of Moscow it is quick, and they seem to have dispensed with long forms. Just give the numbers above to the teller, she punches them in, and in 2-4 days your $$ is on your account.
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>>
If that does not work, as is often the case, you should recourse to MORE>>
moya-moskva.livejournal.com reports that sellers of registrations, diplomas, health certificates, licences of all sorts, and even Russian passports gather in huge numbers at the Komsomolskaya metro station. Mostly these are illegal migrants and other shady types.
Most definitely to be checked out!
TO AVOID ACCUSATION OF BEING ACCESSORY TO CRIME I DECLARE THAT I DISAPPROVE OF ANY ACTIVITY INTENDED TO CIRCUMVENT RUSSIAN BUREAUCRACY. I LOVE FILLING OUT PAPERS, MAKING 20 ATTEMPTS TILL A CALL GETS THROUGH ONLY TO BE TOLD OFF, OR VISITING CLOSE TO 100 DOCTORS TO GET 26 STAMPS AS I RECENTLY DID, AND OTHERWISE DEMONSTRATING SUBMISSION TO THE STATE. (Hope I sound sincere.)
Sergei, +7 925 832 6101. Another heroic assistant in overcoming bureaucratic hurdles. I think it was him who made it considerably easier for me to get a piece of paper that was required to get another piece of paper that was etc. Or was it a safety check that as required to buy liability insurance? Specialization: auto and other transportation licences and related.
Condition of common areas in your building: http://dom.mos.ru
Road issues, eg. open manholes or broken traffic lights: http://doroga.mos.ru
Other problems: gorod.mos.ru
There are reports that the authorities do react to complaints left there. I’ll soon be testing it on my building, where the entrance hall is a mess, walls are full of graffiti, and paint is falling off the ceilings. Yes, that’s the one where I have my apartment that’s available for rent although I should probably not be mentioning it in connection with the above.
Here is a note from a client of mine who got one of the first three-year multi-entry visas:
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Assistance with obtaining safety checks, medical certificates, licences of all sorts (including driving and work permits for foreigners), registration, and other similar favours. I can’t vouch that all of these services are 100% legitimate or that they deliver what they promise but they did get me a health certificate for renewing the driving license. Was I to do that on my own I’d spend at least one full day getting doctors to issue all the required rubber-stamped notes. Tel. 8 985 150 6141. I’ll soon be checking if their offer is still valid.
But no, you don’t need the local driving licence if you are here as a tourist.