There are a few different types of private visas that foreigners can apply for. Which type of private visa or whether you actually need one over another type of visa is largely due to:
A short-term private visa is available to almost any passport holder who gets an official invitation from MVD in Russia. This type of visa is a single or double-entry visa valid for 30 or 90 days.
The inviting person applies at their local MVD office in Russia and the process usually takes approximately 3 weeks for the invitation to be processed and costs 800 rubles.
The benefits to this type of visa are:
The downsides of this type of visa are: