According to the Russian Border Service’s latest legal comments this Consular Section would like to inform that foreign nationals are allowed to cross the Russian border only on a valid national passport and a valid Russian visa therein. No other option is provided by the current Russian legislation.

A foreign national is denied to enter the territory of the Russian Federation with a valid Russian visa stamped in his/her invalid (annulled, expired, etc.) national passport.

Thus, before taking a trip to the Russian Federation a foreign national must contact any Russian consular post for transferring the valid Russian visa from his/her invalid national passport to a valid one.