As of now the new Russian on-line visa application system is mandatory.
All Canadian applicants must use the on-line service provided by the consular division of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to fill in their new Russian visa form.
The on-line form features individual unique coding and a bar code which is scanned by the Russian embassy in order to see the details on screen at the time of processing.
Set aside up to two hours to enter all the required details of your personal life on the Russian computer, and have a copy of your resume and the names and addresses and telephone numbers of all your past employers and schools on hand for easy reference. The Russians want it all.
You can visit the new Russian government website here -
Click here for our updated Russian visa application package, explaining all the new features.