This is a great forum, invaluable for planning for our much anticipated week long holiday in SPB next month !
We have been seeing differing views on buying some rubles outside of Russia. Having a small amount of rubles on arrival at Pulkovo would be for convenience, saving immediate queuing at ATM or in airport bank. We’d very much appreciate your advice on these:
(a) I assume its legal to bring a small amount of rubles into Russia ?
(b) Is the advice not to buy rubles outside Russia based only on the lower exchange rates available outside Russia ?
(c) While in SPB we would intend changing euros cash to rubles and also using VISA credit card for cash withdrawals.
Say in a Sberbank branch what is the commission/charge to change 500 euros (notes) to rubles ?