Baltic States + Russia: To deliver post from St. Petersburg to Western Europe and vice versa takes around two weeks. If you send something valuable the chance is big your postal item does not arrive at the destination. Delivering post from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to Western Europe takes about five days.
You can easily call people at your home from telephone booths or at the post office from Russia and the Baltic States. You can better buy a phone card in the hotel lobby, at the post office or at a kiosk and use the telephone booth in your hotel. To make a call from your hotel room is pricey. You can inquire information about the costs to make and receive mobile calls in Russia and the Baltic States from your provider. Take a look at www.bellen.com for the costs per provider. The international country code of Russia is 007, of Estonia 00372, of Latvia 00371, of Lithuania 00370 and of the UK 0044.
You find internet cafes everywhere in Russia and the Baltic States; some of them are open 24 hours a day.