I have unexpectedly got the second week in August free and am considering a few alternatives how I could include Russia in my travel plans for this week, other than going "all in" with the whole holiday in Russia (I want to come back next year or 2015 and do a full and well planned trip anyway, but would love to get a taste of it now if I can).
I have actually searched this forum as well as Lonely Planet forum but have found no thread that deals specifically with what I'm after;
My idea is to buy two tickets, one from Berlin to Moscow, arriving around noon day 1, stay 2 nights in a hotel in central Moscow and depart for the destination (most likely Ukraine or Armenia) in the afternoon day 3 with the other ticket.
Is it even allowed to use a 72 hours transit visa for a "planned" stay like this, ie have two separate tickets, not just a long layover between two Aeroflot flights, which I guess is the standard situation for someone with transit visa?
Do you think this would work, in case it's not allowed, if both flights are Aeroflot and booked at the same time (but not "connecting flights")?