I was planning on going to Russia in the summer but the Airfare plus visa plus inviation is killer priced. Over 2k to just for those things ( Ural region). I have now ruled it out, god what a pain to do this invite form. So now I am planning a trip in the fall in October to see one of the former Soviet Republics. Is Ukraine much cheaper for food, lodge than the rest of the high class Europe cities? No visa needed is the S#it, pays to have an American Passport .