From Moscow we continued to St. Petersburg and could stay again in a house of friends. The last night in the beautiful metropolis was also our last night in Russia even though we almost had to stay longer.
We arrived with a good mood at the border because it was supposed to be the last border-crossing with a check point and there wasn’t a long queue at all! I gave our passports to the officer; he checked them and asked for the paper from the customs. When you cross international borders with a car you always have to be sure to get a stamp in your passport and fill out the customs paper for the car. But somehow I forgot it, when we entered from Kazakhstan (later I found out, that there is a transit-union and I should kept the paper from the first country I entered into this union: Kyrgyzstan). So I was without this paper and there were the following options. Drive back to the border I entered Russia (+3.000 KM one way) or pay a huge fine which amount can be higher of the value of the car. We had to wait more than one hour and the officer came once in a while to ask further questions. But then he came, returned our passports and said “Du fahren nach Hause” (in German: You driving home now). Puhhh that was close! I was very happy and could hug the officer for these words! And with this shocking moment we entered the European Union.