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Mineralnye Vody

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Mineralnye Vody is a town in Stavropol Krai famous for its literary history and its health spas/sanatoria.

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It is easy to get to Mineralnye Vody by flying directly from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, or certain other large Russian airports. Mineralnye Vody Airport (IATA: MRV) [1] is weirdly cold and uncomfortable.

Arrival is greeted with a 40yr old Russian truck towing a cattle wagon (but designed for passengers) the doors flew open as it turned (swerved) on the runway at 30 mph. The arrivals hall is new. No trolleys, no advice - just a big room with security guys and closed doors to the people outside waiting for the arrivals. Non RU travellers will need Visa support documentation because - once inside your taxi, you will be stopped at the perimeter by the militia and unless your documentation is correct, you will be returned to the departure hall so that you can leave the region.

Leaving is not so simple. Everyone is screened at the entrance to the departure hall. There are 2 check-in desks and nothing resembling an organized queue. Having been processed for departure, you are directed to weigh your luggage and - if given the 'all clear' - you have to merge the free-for-all again, to collect your baggage identification. Then you need to join the next queue - to scan the luggage again and wait for instructions - if it is to be accepted or not.

Airport toilets are eastern style. Refreshments consist of a babushka selling home-made sandwiches and bottled water. It is possible to buy swords and daggers from the region and the woman next to this will get them engraved for you.

Get around[edit]

Please note there are lots of buses and taxis in Mineralnye Vody.


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  • Mount Elbrus located not far away in Kabardino-Balkaria, Elbrus is visible on a clear day from MinVody.

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Police in this town can be bribed easily. So if you have any problems there just be prepared to pay, especially don't be surprised if you get pulled over in the middle of the day for speeding, although you had not gone over the speed limit.

Get out[edit]

MinVody is a primary gateway to the Russian Caucasus, especially for mountaineers headed towards Karachay-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Balkaria.

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