I'm hoping to leave for St. Petersburg by Sept.18 and was hoping someone would be kind enough to recommend a visa processing agency that works with the DC consulate, is reliable, quick, and **relatively** inexpensive. I randomly found a site that lists a few of the visa processing agencies, but I'm hoping someone who has personal experience with an agency can recommend one or tell me which one(s) to stay away from. (See Ref. 2).
Also for anyone who might be reading this and thinking I should just go to the consulate directly, it appears now the rule, at least in DC, is that you have to either appear in person for an interview if you want to apply directly or otherwise go through a visa processing agency. (See Ref.2). DC is 12 hours away from me so appearing in person isn't possible.
Thanks a bunch in advance!!
P.S. sorry for the re-posting but I realized this forum seemed more active than the general Russian forum.
http://usa.russianvisa.net/ (Randomly found list of visa processing agencies. I have no idea if they are good or bad).
."Effective Monday, July 1, 2013 prior to submitting your visa application to Russian consulate you must make an appointment on the following web-site. For applying directly you are required to appear in person for a visa interview at the Consular Division from 9 a.m. till 12.15 p.m."