Severobaykalsk is a small city in the Buryatia Republic in the east of Siberia, with around 25,000 inhabitants.
Severobaykalsk has a continental climate with warm summers and dark, long and cold winters with temperatures below zero from November to March for most of the time, plummiting to below -45 °C occasionally. Summers are short but relatively warm and this is also the wettest time of the year.
Severobaykalsk is a station along the Baikal Amur Railway (BAM), with connections west towards Bratsk and continuing towards Moscow and east towards other cities along the BAM, including Tynda and Komsomolsk-on-Amur, where there are trains to Khabarovsk and Vladivostok.
In the summer Voskhod hydrofoils connect Severobaykalsk with Irkutsk via Port Baikal.
See also International Telephone Calls
Russian Post is the national postal service of Russia. It's English version is currently under construction, but mainly involves the track&trace system. The domestic post is reasonably reliable, and sending international mail is fairly reliable but slow, taking at least a few weeks to European countries, longer to the USA or Australia for example. The delivery of mail sent from abroad to Russia is highly unreliable, and people or companies tend to use foreign adresses, from where a private carrier sends it to Russia. Alternatives like poste restante are non-existent with Russian Post. Most cities and large towns in Russia have a Central Post Office (Glavpochtamt), which also sells stamps and envelopes, and usually has fax services and Internet availability, though the latter mostly not in smaller places. Also, many hotels have postal services, including mail boxes. Post offices tend to keep long hours, usually from 8:00am or 9:00am until 8:00pm or 9:00pm Monday to Friday, and closing earlier during weekends. The main central post offices in the biggest cities keep even longer hours. For sending parcels, you can also try services by DHL Russia and FedEx Russia. For all mail you can use the regular alphabet, though maybe include the country's name in Cyrillic. For sending post to Russia (or trying to receive it) note that addresses should be in reverse order: Russia, postal code, city, street address, name.
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