Location: Moscow is situated on the banks of the Moskva River which flows for 500km through the East European plain.

Climate: Humid continental climate with warm, humid summers and long, cold winters.

Area: 1,081sq.km

Population: 10,514,400

Religion: Christianity (Russian Orthodox)

Electricity: Electricity throughout Russia is 220 volt/50 hz

Language: Russian

Telephone code: 7 495 and 7 499

Currency: Rouble

Passport/visa requirements: From December 10, 2014 Russian diplomatic missions and the visa application centres in London and Edinburgh will collect biometric data (scanned fingerprints) from visa applicants above the age of 12. This applies to each Russian entry or transit visa application.

National airline: Aeroflot and Transaero 


Airports: Five airports that serve a range of destinations.

Flight time: Approximately four hours. 

More information: Russian Embassy, 5 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QS Tel: 0203-051-11-99.

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