im told its hard and complicated to get a visa for russia. do i have to have a ticket first? if not, then i order one and get the visa what date will it begin on? how long are they good for? do i have to register in the country with the police like i heard about in other contries of the old soviet empire? im still in planning stages now. would a winter trip be stupid? i think to experience rusia properly maybe you have t do it in winter.