Calling abroad to/from Russia can be expensive. Sure, you can use Skype but their rates are relatively high and the connection quality is not so good. Most popular messengers like Whatsapp and Telegram can work well, but you need to make sure there's internet, which is not always the case. That's why getting a phone card that has access numbers both in the country you're traveling from and in Russia can be a good long-term solution. You can check out the rates below to see what fits you best:
Some of the advantages:
• Lower Prices (from 1c/min)
• Local & Mobile Access Numbers in the US, Russia, and Europe
• Set Up a Direct Number in the US to forward anywhere else (free!)
• Save on roaming charges: trigger an incoming call with an SMS
• Web originated call – connect any two numbers in the world through your web browser!
• Online control panel to track your calls and balance
• All major credit cards and PayPal are accepted
• Connect any two phones using your iPhone or PDA
If you would like to get a local mobile SIM card for your cellphone
we recommend to get Megafon: they have cheap international rates (€0.20 per minute) and very good 4G / LTA internet coverage at about €10 per 16 Gigabytes. You can buy Megafon SIM at any mobile shop and you don't need to get a contract from them: just ask for their tarif plan "Vokrug Sveta" (Вокруг Света – "around the world"). It has no monthly fee and you can connect extra options, such as the internet package M with 16 gigs for €10, as well as the cheaper international calls for €1 per day. Then you can simply top it up at any mobile shop or an ATM terminal. You will need a passport when buying your SIM.