January 01, 2015

Travel Notes

Free wifi is now available throughout the Moscow Metro. Launched by a private company seeking revenue from ads on its wifi portal, the internet connection works in 5,223 metro cars zipping through the capital’s extensive system.

Commuters can take advantage of links to television feeds, movies, and Russian literary classics available for download. Those registering on the connection provider’s website can access some books, movies and magazines for free.

Some 25 percent of Russian travel agencies have gone out of business in recent months due to slowing demand for foreign travel and tighter restrictions on their operations. According to the website Travel.Ru, the official roster of agencies shrunk from over 2000 to about 1560 in 2014.

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