I recently booked a hotel (Hotel Aster) in St. Petersburg through Hotels.ca. As you may have read in my other post, the induhviduals I spoke to on the phone at Hotels.ca have no idea how I can get Russian visa support from the hotel. So, I suppose I'm forced to go through one of these Russian visa support services.
The two that I've seen recommended in various places are:
Both of these websites say that hotel reservations and bookings are not necessary and that the Visa support they will provide you is sufficient for you to get your Russian visa. The former says that they reserve a hotel for you but you don't have to stay there--this sounds very strange to me! Will you get into trouble with the cops over there if they stop you and find out that you're not staying in the hotel printed on your visa?
Does anyone here have experience with either two companies? Can you recommend them? Is there a reason to prefer one over the other?? ((Their prices are the same.)