... but in most recent good news:
picked up my Russian visa this week! Woohoo!
Don't understand what it says as it's all in cyrillic, but my name is in there, as is the expiry date: 1 April 2007. And it's apparently multiple entry. Ha!
So, I should be learning Russian as I hope to be making maximum use of it over the next year. And if anyone has tips on Moscow (cheapish and safe accomodation, places to eat, things to do) before I get a guidebook, I'd love to hear about it!