Many of the former Soviet states require you to carry your documentation with you at all times. Being the paranoid backpacker that I am, I don’t like carrying my passport around with me all day long. So I carry a photocopy.
Unfortunately, Russian law enforcement officials require the following documents:
- Your firstborn child
The registration is a little tricky; you need to register your visa within 7 days of arrival, at least for now. So while you’ll probably have no trouble photocopying your passport and visa while at home, you can only register your visa after arrival, which means in order to avoid carrying your passport, visa, and registration with you at all times, you’ll need to wander the streets aimlessly looking for photocopying facilities.