Russia Personal / Private Visa:
People who are visiting Russia for any personal visit can apply for this type of visa. This visa is valid for the maximum period of 3 months and is only valid for a single entry. A personal invitation document (also known as a visa entitlement certificate, or "vozvrashchenie") from a Russian citizen is required to receive this visa. Sorry, but making this invitation certificate for you will be a huge pain in the ass for your pal. This person must go to a nearby OVIR office (similar to immigration officials), wait in a long line to get an application form, fill it out, and pay a processing fee (about $30 US - always changing) before the immigration officials will check him (the person inviting you) and you. This process will take about 45 (!) days. I'm not sure what they look for, but since it takes 30 days, I assume they're looking for anything severe, like terrorism or espionage.So, after all this is finished (hopefully with success), the UVIR officials will give your friend an invitation (after he stands in a long queue again). This invitation can only be sent to you by post, because consulates accept originals only. It can't be faxed or e-mailed or telexed. So, all in all, it'll take about 14 days for it to arrive by post.
Documents required for Personal/ Private Visa of Russia are as listed below:
Eligibility - Russia Personal / Private visa
To be eligible to enter the country on a visa, you must meet the following criteria.