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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 6:16 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

A travel article on by Matthew Polly about visiting St. Petersburg was interesting in itself;
but I found the opening paragraph to be especially funny,
because it was reminiscent of the dozens of questions, from the tedious to the absurd, on various scambaiter documents:

From Russia With Blood, Beauty, and Beasts
How St. Petersburg Came To Be So Gorgeous

By Matthew Polly
Posted Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at 1:28 PM ET

You can learn a great deal about what a country wants from its visa application.
For example, the Brazilians just desire the fee.
Thailand encourages "multiple entries"—a double entendre I suspect is intentional.
The Chinese want visitors who are free of diseases, specifically HIV, open tuberculosis, and leprosy.

What do the Russians want? Apparently, they want to know everything about you: every country you've visited; every school you've attended; every charity you've donated to; every place you've worked; every supervisor you've ever had, along with his or her phone number; and whether you have any military experience related to nuclear, biological, or chemical "activities." It took me days to track down a cell phone number for my former bomb-making supervisor in the Chechen Separatist Movement . . .

(the rest is insightful travelogue and delightful commentary, somewhat serious, somewhat tongue-in-cheek . . . )
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:15 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

^^ You've not applied for a USA Visa lately then? Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:13 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

How funny! I'm planning a trip to Russia in June, but fortunately I don't have to do all that. I'll be on a cruise, and we're using a private guide for the three days we're in Russia, and she provides a "day visa" without all those requirements. But I know of several other people on the cruise who are trying to get individual (not "day") visas so they can go off on their own, and they've been complaining of the same thing.

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