RUSSIA EXPERIENCE AND VOLUNTEERING
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Postal Service, Telephone, Internet
The postal service in Russia is quite inexpensive and reasonably reliable. There have been reports of letters being stolen or lost, but currently it is rather an exception than a fact. Whatever the situation, one can always rely on the government registered mail service, which is slightly more expensive. It normally takes 3 or 4 working days for mail to be delivered at distances less than 500 kilometers and up to 2 weeks if the letter travels all the way across Russia, say, from one remote and isolated place near Murmansk to another next to Magadan.
A letter sent by Air Mail from Europe, Japan or the USA would reach Moscow (or some other major city in Russia) within 4 or 7 days. How fast it makes to its next smaller destination, depends where the place is and how regular it is connected with the first place of mail arrival. 10 to 14 days of delivery would be a fair estimate for most of Russia.
To give you a general idea of what the postal charges are, we have picked a few types of services:
The express mail delivery services (FedEx, EMS, DHL and all their relatives) are widely available in Russia, but are significantly more expensive and, unfortunately, are not always that much faster or reliable (our own multiple experiences).
Internet is nothing new or scarce for most of Russia. Most of the
bigger cities would have Internet clubs or some other similar places
providing Internet access. Access from a club normally costs 25 - 35
Roubles an hour. Doing this on a regular basis from home is anything
down to 7 or 8 Roubles per hour, especially if one uses it solely for
e-mail purposes or late at night. Some households are on what is
called leased lines (or full time unlimited access) and enjoy full
time access with only the total of traffic being billed (getting more
and more popular around the country).
is nothing new or scarce for a lot places in Russia. Most of the cities bigger than 200, 000 inh. would have Internet clubs or some other similar places providing its access. Using one from a club normally costs 25 - 35 Roubles an hour. Doing this on a regular basis from home is anything down to 7 or 8 Roubles per hour (especially if one uses it solely for e-mail purposes or late at night).
The long distance calls placed via the regular telephone service from home or a post office are not cheap. Buying a prepaid Internet Telephone card can very often be a good bargain. It works exactly the way a telephone card would work: dial a sequence of access numbers - then the number of the place you need to talk to. The best bet, though, is having access to the Internet (IP) phone (perhaps some of your friends would have one) which provides good communication at extremely low rates (0.06$ per minute to the States).
Most hotels in Russia should have a facility for making international
calls from your room. To make an international call, you should
The rates, the telephone providers have, vary with the time of the day and the date (week-ends and holidays).
Connection to the places and countries, where computers and Internet access are still limited, will hardly cost much less than a regular phone call (e.g.: Lybia, Iran, Sri Lanka).
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