Sometimes they can unofficially offer you vodka poured in a tea-pot, but beware of its possibly low quality.
Museums and sightseeing places, especially in small towns, mostly take only cash, no credit cards (with an exception of major museums, such as the State Hermitage and the Vladimir Suzdal Museum Reserve). Did you know that most Russian consonants can be pronounced two different ways (plain as in English or palatalized).
Commission rates are generally not prohibitive.
The first leader of the newly formed nation was Boris Yeltsin, who rose to power by standing up to an attempted putsch.