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Russian Visa for gay married

by pwcmd »

Russian visa application asks whether married and asks for name of spouse.  Should gay couple who have not taken other's name admit marriage?

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RE: Russian Visa for gay married

by SPbStan »

You probably have your answer already but, put down your spouse's name. it does not matter to them what the details are, just whether married to check records of prior applications to see if the spouse is in their files. No one is going to care what your relationship is contrary to western rumors. Russia does not recognize same-sex marriage but does not sanction it or have any rule about it. It was one of the first laws created when the new Russian Federation was created in 1991 that legalized gay relations and same gender sex. 
As with all relationships it is not considered appropriate however to flaunt overtly passionate behavior in public, straight or gay. It is not illegal, just custom to be modest in behavior on the streets. Inside public clubs and all that is ignored but each place has a culture of what is normal for that clientele.  Making out in a classical music venue, for example, would be considered rude, but in an art cafe or after theater club it would be probably fine...pay attention to the social behavior of other patrons as a clue. Again, no laws or rules just politeness and manners are very important in Russia as a sign of being a cultured person worth conversing with. If one is reasonably polite and has something interesting to say, they can meet anyone they see and will be taken seriously. It is a very social culture and meeting people with different experiences is interesting to most people.  It is a lot of fun going out because of this social nature and ease with which meeting people naturally happens. 
I am primarily referring to cities, small rural village, like most countries, are pretty conservative.

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RE: Russian Visa for gay married

by pwcmd »

Thanks for your response.  We visited Russia in 2013 taking a river cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg and had a great time. Since then the official position of the Russian government has become harder and we have married.  Our visas were issued, however, with us posting the correct information.

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