and one can apply on their Ministries website up to only four days before one leaves. While it is at present for 16 days only,Russia will expand it though to six month.
the article though does not say does one need a hotel booking or anything else... lets see what it will be. or will it be in the end the same as good old Mr.Chernomyrdin said - we tried to do it better, but it turned out as usual-? i hope not.