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First of all, let’s identify who needs a visa to enter the Russian Federation. Below is a list of countries from which one does not need a visa when visiting Russia:

Country Notes
Abkhazia No visas for all types of passports (including internal) - up to 90 days.
Albania No visas for diplomatic and business passports - up to 90 days.
Argentina No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Armenia No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Azerbaijan No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Belarus No visas for all types of passports (including internal) - up to 90 days.
Bolivia No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Bosnia and Herzegovina No visas for regular passports - 30 days out of 60.
Brazil No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Brunei Darussalam No visas for all types of passports - up to 14 days.
Chile No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Colombia No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Cuba No visas for all types of passports - up to 30 days.
Ecuador No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Estonia Non-citizens of Estonia with regular international passports - 90 out of 180 days.
Fiji No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Grenada No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Guatemala No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Guyana No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Honduras No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Hong Kong SAR No visas up to 14 days for permanent residents of the Hong Kong SAR with a valid Hong Kong SAR passport.
Israel No visas for regular passports - up to 90 days.
Japan No visa required for visits to the South Kuril Islands under pre-approved circumstances only. Travelers should check with the Russian embassy in Japan prior to travel.
Kazakhstan No visas for all types of passports (including internal) - up to 90 days.
Kyrgyzstan No visas for all types of passports (including internal) - up to 90 days.
Laos No visas for all types of passports - up to 30 days.
Latvia No visas with regular international passports. Residents of certain border areas may travel for up to 90 days without visas if their passport has a “Permit for local border stay.” No visas for non-citizens of Latvia with regular international passports – 90 out of 180 days.
Macao SAR No visas for up to 30 days for permanent residents of the Macao SAR with a valid passport of the Macao SAR.
Macedonia No visas - if there is an original invitation, issued in the manner prescribed by Russian law - up to 90 days; if you have the original tourist voucher and confirmation of the reception of a foreign tourist - up to 30 days.
Mauritius No visas for all types of passports - up to 60 days.
Moldavia No visas for all types of passports.
Mongolia No visas for all types of passports.- up to 30 days.
Montenegro No visas for regular passports - up to 30 days.
Nauru No visas - up to 14 days.
Nicaragua No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Norway No visas with regular international passports. Residents of certain border areas may travel for up to 90 days without visas if their passport has a “Permit for local border stay.”
Panama No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Paraguay No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
People's Republic of China No visas for tourist groups of 5 to 50 people (according to certified lists; requires confirmation of Russian tourist organization) - up to 14 days.
Peru No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Saint Kitts and Nevis No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Samoa No visas for all types of passports - up to 60 days
Serbia No visas for regular civil biometric passports - up to 30 days.
Seychelles No visas for all types of passports - up to 30 days.
South Africa No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
South Ossetia No visas for all types of passports (including internal) for normal tourist travel. A special visa is required for entrepreneurial and labor purposes.
Tajikistan No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Thailand No visas for regular passports - up to 30 days.
The Republic of Korea On regular civil passports without visas - up to 60 days.
Ukraine No visas for all types of passports (including internal) - up to 90 days.
Uruguay No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Uzbekistan No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Vanuatu No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.
Venezuela No visas for all types of passports - up to 90 days.

Depending on the purpose of the visit, Russian visas may be issued for tourism, business travel, working in Russia, and visits from highly qualified professionals.

The first stage of the visa registration is getting the appropriate invitation. The invitation is issued in two copies: one copy is sent to the appropriate consulate, and the second one is kept by the traveler. The citizen then goes to the Consulate with his own copy of the invitation and the document package required for the particular visa type, pays the consular fee, presents his copy of the invitation, and then for a certain time, receives the appropriate visa.