- the Russian border station
were here two hours for border formalities.
The train was thoroughly searched twice - by customs and by immigration
Two young Germans had out-of-date visas, were removed from the train
and fined 2,000 roubles each.
There 'happened' to be a taxi driver who for $500 would take them the
250 km back to Ulan Ude the next day
and help them get new visas. They would then have to buy rail tickets
to Irkutsk and air tickets to Beijing.
It was their own fault, they knew their visas had expired, and you do
not take chances with visas when you're in Russia.
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