Let’s deal with these one at a time
The Dreaded Visas
They are a pain, especially with half the family being on Russian passports, Russia has been heavily demonised in the media and by western governments, the ones who really suffer from this are the general public,
1) Westerners, because they don’t seek to get know Russia and Russian people.
2) Russian people, because they bare the brunt of the political and social stigma caused by the media and western governments.
We are working on ways to improve our situation through residencies, some residency to citizenship programs and even some economic citizenship programs.
Our aim is to be truly citizens of the world and we are actually making progress, albeit more slowly than we would like it to be.
Customs is basically a non-event for us other than the occasional X-ray of our bags at airports. We lead a clean and simple life so there is nothing for them to find that would cause us any problems and we always request the law of the land, whether we agree with it or not.
This is an interesting one, because too many of the places we have been to that we were told were dangerous before we got there turned out to be among the nicest and best places we have been.
We pay little or no attention to danger warnings, maybe it is foolhardy, but it is our sincere belief that most of those warnings are politically based and designed to scaremonger already overactive imaginations.
Do your own research and make your own choices, but you know where we stand.