A long awaited agreement between the US and Russia is about to take effect next month. On September 9th, American citizens will be eligible for a multiple entry Russian visa valid for three years with stays up to six months at a time. Details haven't percolated through the system yet to the Russian embassy webpage, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Russian Federation has already made the announcement. Straight from them (via Google Translate):
"In accordance with the Agreement provides, inter alia, the issuance of the citizens of both countries multiple entry visas for a stay of up to 6 months from the date of each entry and valid for 36 months from the date of issuance."This is great news for anyone heading to Russia. Hopefully, the visa registration rules will be the next to go in the process of opening Russia up to tourism and trade.