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Old October 24th, 2012, 06:31 AM   #1501
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Old December 1st, 2012, 06:08 PM   #1502
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Interesting, a two-lane road prepared as a 2x2 motorway dead-ends in Samara.



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Old December 3rd, 2012, 09:23 PM   #1503
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 09:26 PM   #1504
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I will be driving to St Petersburg via ferry Stockholm-Helsinki very shortly. Anything I should know when crossing that border? Never been in Russia before...
I'll be either on French or Austrian plates.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 09:33 PM   #1505
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You should probably get a gun before going to Russia, just in case. I'm not joking, comes in handy sometimes.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 09:41 PM   #1506
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 09:59 PM   #1507
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In case of robberies, usually happening on more rural roads, but still. My dad was once robbed by a corrupt police officer on M18. Chances of that happening is alot bigger if youre driving a van/truck.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 10:15 PM   #1508
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I guess you are Latvian Latvian?
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 10:32 PM   #1509
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Yes I am, but what does that have to do with this? Dont get me wrong please, I have nothing against Russian people.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 10:36 PM   #1510
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I will be driving to St Petersburg via ferry Stockholm-Helsinki very shortly. Anything I should know when crossing that border? Never been in Russia before...
I'll be either on French or Austrian plates.
You have to fill one paper that is often available in Russian only at customs.
It will take 2.5-3h to get to St.Petersburg from the Finnish border once you are done with it. It is better avoid crossing a border from Finland on Sunday evening or on Russian public holidays. But normally it takes 1.5-2h for custom formalities. I am noticing that Finnish custom was much faster than Russian one before, but now it seems to be vise verse.

There is a heavy traffic there, a lot of trucks... But hopefully this road goes through just 2 or 3 small villages and no traffic lights. After Vyborg bypass, it is normally 1.5x1.5. There are about 20 gas station of various brands on the way, Neste, Lukoil, Gazprom neft, Rosneft, small ones. There are few motels too.

I don't know what would be your destination, but you will probably use ring road around St.Petersburg (KAD, 140km), eastern part is normally overcrowded, use western one.

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Old December 3rd, 2012, 10:58 PM   #1511
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Cool, thank you. I will most probably be traveling with my wife, who is from Sestroretsk, and that's where we will be heading...
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 11:11 PM   #1512
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Sestroretsk is closer to Finland, this is appr. where border was in 1939
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 11:13 PM   #1513
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Do you live in Finland? I know Helsinki very well. I have met my wife 5 years ago on the Silja Line ferry. Never made it to Russia yet, but now I will be traveling there not long from now.
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Old December 4th, 2012, 07:18 AM   #1514
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Big Russian traffic jam, but can it really be true?

Some have referred to the M10 as a "highway" - is that an accurate description? My sense is that only a few stretches of it are a "highway."

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/04/wo...or-3-days.html
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Old December 4th, 2012, 08:49 AM   #1515
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A highway is a major public road. It doesn't have to be a freeway or local equivalent.
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Old December 4th, 2012, 10:47 AM   #1516
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You should probably get a gun before going to Russia, just in case. I'm not joking, comes in handy sometimes.


Is carrying a gun openly allowed in Russia?
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Old December 6th, 2012, 09:19 AM   #1517
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Is carrying a gun openly allowed in Russia?
Damn good question! If there's anything that turns the police against a person, who they may have stopped in the first instance only for a driving matter, it's finding them in possession of a hidden or unregistered pistol. They tend to take the view that this weapon is pointing at them.
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Old December 6th, 2012, 09:40 AM   #1518
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Interesting, a two-lane road prepared as a 2x2 motorway dead-ends in Samara.




From the overall Google earth set of photos, it looks like an incomplete highway in both directions. To the northeast of this spot, there's a cloverleaf that looks to be in the middle of nowhere. Here the road comes to a halt at a residential area that seems to be small farm plots. As in any country, ROW acquisition comes first.
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Old December 6th, 2012, 01:10 PM   #1519
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I have seen this film a couple of times before, it's quite interesting. What leaves me gasping is that the entire drive seems to have happened on one long day, ... a huge distance to cover. This guy must really like driving!
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Old December 7th, 2012, 07:07 AM   #1520
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That St. Petersburg dam is looking interesting! Hope Russia accelerates the pace of infrastructure construction while taking care of the quality of it.
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