No, you cannot bring reading books when traveling to Russia. The Russian government has banned the import of all reading books, including books for students, into the country. This ban was put in place to prevent the spread of Western culture and to encourage the development of Russian literature. The ban has been in place for many years and is unlikely to be lifted anytime soon. If you are caught bringing reading books into Russia, you may be subject to arrest and/or deportation.
Other related questions:
What should you bring to Russia?
There is no definitive answer, but generally speaking, it is recommended that you bring items that will make your trip more comfortable and enjoyable. This might include items such as comfortable clothing, walking shoes, a map, and a camera.
Are you allowed to take pictures in Russia?
There are no general restrictions on photography in Russia, but there are some specific places where photography may be restricted or prohibited. These include military facilities, government buildings, and certain cultural heritage sites. It is always best to ask permission before taking photographs in any of these places.
What can you not do in Russian culture?
Some things that are considered rude in Russian culture include:
-Interrupting someone when they are speaking
-Speaking loudly in public
-Not respecting personal space
-Not waiting your turn in line
-Not saying “thank you” or “please”
What should I know before traveling to Russia?
1. Check the visa requirements. Unless you are a citizen of a country that has a visa-free agreement with Russia, you will need to obtain a visa before traveling.
2. Learn some basic Russian phrases. While English is widely spoken in major cities, it is not as prevalent in rural areas. Knowing some Russian will make your trip much more enjoyable.
3. Be prepared for the weather. Russia is a large country with a diverse climate. In the winter, temperatures can dip well below freezing, so pack accordingly.
4. Bring your own toiletries. While most hotels will provide basic toiletries, it is always a good idea to bring your own just in case.
5. Be aware of your surroundings. Russia is generally a safe country to travel to, but it is always important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions when travelling in unfamiliar areas.
- The five best books to read before travelling to Russia
- 20 Books to Read Before Visiting Russia – Katie Considers
- Books: 10 must-read travel books on visiting Russia – QRMedia
- To Russia, With Books – The New York Times
- Russia travel advice – GOV.UK