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Originally Posted by thesvb
Chechnya is what i'm really concerned about...
I would suggest also checking on the Thorn Tree Lonely Planet web site if you can get across the border in Chechnya. Folks at expat.ru might also know, but that is less likely than Thorn Tree.
I haven't been in that part of Russia, but in 2006 we bicycled through Ukraine to Samara, Russia (www.bikerussia.com/2006
). When we were registering our home stay visa in Penza, Russia there was some alarm when there was some confusion in the Russians thinking we had entered via Chechnya. So, at minimum this will be a sensitive area for the Russians (e.g. not one to put on your application for a Russian visa invitation) and there could be some possibility you might not be able to get through.
In any case, Thorn Tree is a good place to find others that may have crossed that southern Russian border and recommendations of where to cross. Not knowing anything else, I personally would also look into crossing by way of Georgia along the Black Sea to avoid the mess further west... but this is definitely something you want to research before you go.