Private visas are designed for those visiting friends or family in Russia, and can take so long to obtain that they are only worth trying for if you are planning your trip several months in advance.
If you are applying for a private visa, you will need:
- Two completed and signed visa application forms;
- One passport sized photo signed on the back;
- A visa entitlement certificate (Izveschenie), issued by your host's local OVIR office.
The visa entitlement certificate has to be the original document, and not a fax or photocopy.