Transliteration & pronunciation
Please note!

The following transliteration and pronunciation is given for the classical Latin alphabet and does not match with the rules of orthography and pronunciation of English.

Therefore do not pronounce Russian words how to you like represent sounds in English.

For example:
The Latin letter U should not be pronounced as the English word you.
U = YOU = OO

If you doubt the correct pronunciation, click on the live audio link in Russian
(Link to sound )
Please note!
The best pictures in your albums are our main mission. Therefore, we show you only top spots for photograph. This does not always match with the exact location of the sights!
For example, the best images of the Eiffel Tower in Paris are made not at the location of the tower itself
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Palace of Catherine in Tsarskoe Selo

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When and why
The best pictures in your albums are our main mission!
Do not spend time searching for a place to take iconic photos. We show you only top spots and specify absolutely exact coordinates! This is all the more useful for you, because this does not always match with the exact location of the sights itself!

The architecture of the Catherine Palace is so good that you will not get bad shots. Be sure to try to take panoramic pictures
E.g. here's a good idea to make an unforgettable photo.

In addition to the main iconic photo, the view of the palace from the opposite side from Mirror Ponds is no less good. Excellent images are obtained by taking a picture at an acute angle to the building.
Your camera will be grateful to you at any time of the year - for beautiful summer alleys and for palaces in the snow.

However, we advise not to be limited to the main attractions. Stroll through the beautiful park of Tsarskoye Selo (in English - Royal Viilage) and the streets of the present Pushkin town. Discover real Russia!
Here is a map and instructions for use

Welcome!
Unlike the museums of Peterhof, the Catherine Palace is the case when you need to go inside at any time of the year. The Catherine Palace is a small Hermitage - fantastic architecture, works of art, the Golden Gallery and the famous Amber Room! Therefore, to come here only for walks in the park is the wrong decision.
Learn how to buy a ticket

By the way, again. Not all museums and attractions are equally beneficial! It may seem amazing to you, but we as locals really recommend not to buy entry tickets to the Hermitage. Find out why
It`s better to change it to the Catherine Palace! But first, read our warning!
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The duration of the tour usually is about 1 hour. Audio guides if need (only for individual visitors) are available in English, French, German, Chinese for 200 rubles at palace ticket desks (deposit 1,000 rubles or valid ID).

Please note! The entrance to the Catherine Palace is chargeable all time (except for people under age of 16, but only when getting a free ticket at the box office). Open: November - April from 10:00 (except Dec 29 - Jan 8 from 12:00), May - October from 12:00. On Tuesdays (year-round), on the last Monday of the month (October - April), also Dec 31 and Jan 01 there is no access to the palace.
All types of entry tickets to Catherine Palace are valid only 1 hour, after purchase at cashbox or after exchange - for e-vouchers.

Please, check current schedule before buying tickets and visiting to the Catherine Palace!


The entrance to the park is open year-round from 9 am to 19 pm, with the exception of some dates (for example official events). Before visiting, it is recommended to check the current schedule. During the period from April 27 to October 21, the entrance to the park is paid (people under 16 - for free anytime, but only when getting a free ticket at the box office).

Important information! Inside all museums, including inside the Catherine Palace and the Amber Room, using tripod, monopod and flash-light is prohibited!

More info about palaces in Pushkin

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We do everything to you get the most pleasure from travel to St Petersburg and not overpay! We know everything about our town and are ready to share our little and big secrets! More about us
We collected the best places in Tsarskoe Selo for your photo album.
Open the map and detailed manual to see which iconic pictures you can get.
You can follow our list or choose what you like and plan own route!

However, if you want to get exclusive impressions from a trip to Pushkin, then we are pleased to present you the best personal excursions. Please read our warning before any booking! Welcome!
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Tickets and good tips

The museum is very popular - all year-round there are a lot of individual tourists and groups. Therefore, we strongly recommend to buy tickets online in advance. Tickets go on sale (are added to official website) 14 days in advance. They are very quickly bought up during the high season (June - August). Start buying literally at 00:00 (St Petersburg time - UTC+3). In the summer, you have a maximum of 2-3 minutes after midnight to have time to buy a ticket. Keep continuously refreshing the page!

At other times of the year, tickets are available 2-3 days after they go on sale. And it is worth bearing in mind that you can only get 4 tickets.

Important! Since the summer of 2019, the administration of the Catherine Palace has pursued a policy to combat speculators and tightened the rules for the sale of e-tickets (vouchers). Now, when buying a e-ticket, you must specify the names of visitors. When exchanging a e-voucher for a paper ticket, must present ID. Mismatch or lack of data during the exchange will result in denial of access.

Read attentively FAQ-s for visitors. Eg, remember that the e-ticket (voucher) must be exchanged (need to provide ID) for the usual ticket in a special cashbox: Oct to Apr - ticket office №4, May to Sep - ticket booth near the Church Gate

E-voucher prices and visiting times may differ from those stated in Hours & Admission which is only for visitors buying online tickets. E-voucher to the Catherine Palace are usually more expensive during high season as they include park fee and allow fast-track entry. If you need a guide, we do not recommend buying a tour in a large group, but a tour in a small group can be a good idea. You can choose here
Also, you can always buy tickets directly at the ticket office of the palace, but be prepared for long lines!
If you do not have a pre-purchased e-ticket (tour), we strongly do not recommend visit the Catherine Palace on Monday in high season. On this day, in summer, the queues are especially long - the waiting time can be 4-5 hours! Solution to the problem - come here any day after 5:00 PM when museum is open - in the evening the lines are much shorter.
HOW TO BUY AN E-TICKET AND SKIP LINES IF ALL E-TICKETS ARE SOLD

Buy tour in Russian! This is more expensive than an online ticket (which always are sold out) - about $ 50 per person in rubles, but much cheaper than a tour in English. In addition, this is a free transfer directly from the city center. You have the choice to be with the group all time or use only fast entry.

Its main advantage is the availability of almost any date. This is a real find for those who forgot to buy tickets in advance and does not want to spend half a day in the queue.

There are also several tours in English, but it is much more expensive (from $ 60 per person in rubles) and if you want to visit Tsarskoye Selo on your own, it is not profitable to use it only as a way to e-tickets access.

Besides, the cheapest tour in English is not available on all dates. Advantages - free transfer from your hotel or apartment to Pushkin town is possible when booking a tour from two persons. The tour in English begins right near enter to Catherine Palace!

Unfortunately, booking form of Russian tours to the Catherine Palace is possible only in Russian. But, this is not a problem - we will help you! To learn more and book a tour, choose the one that suits you -available anytime (in Russian) or tour in English (Spanish and German are also available).
Read the tour description with the help of Google Translator
Pay attention! You will not be able to complete the booking via translated page! For correct reservation use only the original site in Russian. If everything suits you, click here or button 'Cheap in Russian'.

Very good. Now select the date and proceed to filling out the forms. Here are pictures of how to do it right
for desktop screens and mobile devices

1) Select the nearest available dates and time of the tour or select another available date
2) Choose type of tickets for foreigners (Иностранный)
3) Specify number of tickets
4) Specify your name, e-mail and phone number
5) Note! The seller charges a service charge of 10 percent of the base price. Confirm your acceptance of the terms of service.
6) Pay for your order by credit card - Visa or MasterCard. You will receive a confirmation and e-ticket in PDF format by e-mail. You need to take a paper boarding pass at the meeting point! Show your e-ticket to an employee of ticket office.

We strongly recommend arriving in the start point of the tour in advance, at least 30 minutes before the start of the tour. You can get there by subway - your stop is 'Ploshchad Vosstaniya' (in Russian - Площадь Восстания, line M1) or 'Mayakovskaya (in Russian - Маяковская, line M3). Meeting point: The central entrance to the railway station "Moskovsky Vokzal" from the Vosstaniya Square! Go inside and find the first wooden-glass door on the right (before metal detectors line!). Show your e-ticket to an employee of ticket office and get a paper boarding pass!

Please note! Check the current place of start the tour in the description. Sometimes the meeting point may be different!

If you intend to leave the group after entering the Catherine's Palace, please, warn your guide when boarding the bus. Don`t speak Russian? Show it to your guide - МЫ ПОКИНЕМ ГРУППУ ПОСЛЕ ВХОДА В ЕКАТЕРИНИНСКИЙ ДВОРЕЦ.

Why this company? Kassir.ru is the largest, well-known and reliable Russian company selling tickets for various events. Please note - this is the seller, but not the organizer of the tour. You can buy the tour yourself directly at the point of sale. Also you can buy tour from another companies. Enter the search query in Russian (eg in Google, copy and paste) 'автобусная экскурсия пушкин царское село'
Do you want to live right in the Catherine Palace? Fantastic offer for small money!
Just in case! Re-check 'Booking' prices here
It may be even cheaper! Shh! Hist!

Best spot to view and photograph of
the Catherine Palace
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Exact city address
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Pushkin
Sadovaya str., 5
Full tourist guide map

In Russian -
Пушкин
Садовая улица, 5

In Latin letters - Rules of pronunciation

PUSHKIN
SADOVAYA ULITSA PYAT`

Live sound in Russian

How to get to Pushkin town

Choose the most suitable method for you.
Can be combined!
metro + train
by taxi
The most popular and economical way to get to the palaces and parks of Tsarskoe Selo. As well the fastest. Among the advantages of this method is a small subway tour. The subway of St Petersburg is considered one of the most beautiful in the world!

Another bonus. You will see Vitebskiy train station (formerly known as St Petersburg-Tsarskoselsky station). It`s opened in 1837 and is the oldest (first) railway station in Russia! To get full info how to get from the railway station in Tsarskoe Selo to the Catherine Palace (incl timetable and instructions for buying tickets), click button below.

Taxi is also a good way to get to Pushkin town with comfort. In order to economize, as well as avoid traffic jams, we recommend use subway and first to reach the station 'Kupchino' (line M2) and take a taxi from there. For more information, click on the tab 'taxi'.

We do not recommend to go from St. Petersburg by bus because it is long and uncomfortable. There is a big risk of getting into traffic jam.
Pushkinskaya
Пушкинская
Line M1. Next from railway station Vitebskiy Vokzal by suburban train to the station Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin)

For a detailed instruction click button below
Zvenigorodskaya
Звенигородская
Line M5. Next from railway station Vitebskiy Vokzal by suburban train to the station Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin)

For a detailed instruction click button below
Kupchino
Купчино
Line M2. Next from railway station Kupchino by suburban train to the station Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin)

For a detailed instruction click button below
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Departure from:
'Vitebskiy vokzal' train station -
metro 'Pushkinskaya' (line M1) and 'Zvenigorodskaya' (M5)
or 'Kupchino' train station - metro 'Kupchino' (line M2)

Trains to (directions):
Any from St Petersburg

Directions in Russian:
Any from St Petersburg

Station of destination:
'Tsarskoye Selo' / ЦАРСКОЕ СЕЛО

Reverse direction:
St Petersburg / САНКТ ПЕТЕРБУРГ

Duration of one-way travel:
from/to 'Vitebskiy v.' - about 35 min
from/to 'Kupchino' - about 15 min

How to find out schedule:
See here

How & where to buy a ticket:
information available here

Please note!

Tourist attractions (Palaces and parks) in Pushkin are located at a distance of more than 2 km from train station 'Tsarskoye Selo'. You can walk this distance or use public transport (buses and shared taxis no 371, 377, 382 approx every 15 min)

As a trip planner we recommend using Google services. Here's your route - choose one of the tabs: Driving, Transit, Walking etc.
If you have any questions, get Google Maps Help or ...

Take a taxi!
It's a good idea! If you follow the safety rules and our recommendations, it will be easy and inexpensive.

In Pushkin, there are no large local carriers, with the exception of aggregators YandexTaxi and Gett
However, to order from them, first you will have to install app on your gadget.

So you will need instructions for ordering a taxi by phone from small local companies or directly on the street. So it will be better and faster!

Use our useful dictionary, as well as the following phrases:
Taxi to palaces - MNE NUZHNA TAXI DA DVARTSA YEKATERINY
Taxi to train station - MNE NUZHNA TAXI DA STANTSI PUSHKIN

The rules of Russian pronunciation

Near train station there are always several taxi cars.
On the way back, if you do not see the car directly in front of you, call one of the taxi services of Pushkin:

Taxi Elegia +7812 451 8080
Taxi MIG +7812 715 3033
Taxi Park +7812 677 3939

Say to the operator
MNE NUZHNA TAXI AT ADRESA PUSHKIN LEONT`YEVSKAYA DEVYAT` - NA ASTANOFKE
(I need a taxi from adress Leont`yevskaya str. 9, at the bus stop) Link to live sound
and please, wait a taxi here !!!

Agree on a price in advance! The price of the trip from/to the train station of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) should not exceed 200 ₽.
Local taxi drivers more often do not accept bank cards for payment - please, prepare cash in advance.

See also How to buy a Russian SIM card
and not overpay for calls and internet connection
Please note!
Entrance to the Metro stations in St Petersburg is open about from 05:40 till ..
a) about 00:30 - for stations in city center
b) till midnight - for stations in other parts of the city
Change of lines is possible only until 00:15

Ground transport works about from 6 AM till midnight. To find out the schedule and direction, we recommend using the route planner on Google maps - click the bus stop icon.

Official website of Subway is here
Full info about local trains
To get more about public transport click here
What you need to know about taxis in Russia and how to call a taxi without knowing Russian

1) You can learn Russian
2) You can learn this manual
3) Or just book an inexpensive private transfer
TO PUSHKIN TOWN

Note! Directly near to the Catherine Palace there is no automobile traffic. Therefore, we recommend that you specify as the destination address
Pushkin, Leont`evskaya str. 2
and as the address of departure from Tsarskoe Selo
Pushkin, Leont`evskaya str. 9

Note! Very important! When ordering a taxi in any way, make sure that you specify the address in Pushkin town! Make no mistake - there is a street with the same name in Peterhof!
Detailed instruction how to make the order a taxi correctly look here


It should be remembered that traffic in St Petersburg can be very dense, so in order to economize, as well as avoid traffic jams, we recommend use subway and first to reach the station Kupchino (Line M2) and take a taxi from there.
For clarification of departure point from St Petersburg (Kupchino), specify the address pr. Vitebskiy 101 k2, specify in 'order note' field na ostanovke (на остановке - at the bus stop) and wait a taxi here !!!
in Russian - Витебский пр. 101к2 - in Latin - VITEBSKIY PRASPEKT STO ADIN KORPUS DVA
Link to sound

Or use valid link for the whole route Yandex Taxi
The cost of one-way travel from / to metro is about 500 - 800 rubles, depending on the class of the car.
When ordering a taxi in the OPPOSITE DIRECTION, also specify the address Pushkin, Leont`yevskaya 9, specify in 'order note' field na ostanovke (at the bus stop) and wait for a taxi here !!!
in Russian - Пушкин, Леонтьевская 9 - in Latin - PUSHKIN, LEONT`YEVSKAYA DEVYET`
Link to sound

Also, taxi is the best way to travel at night or when public transport is not available. If you follow the safety rules and our recommendations, it will be easy and inexpensive.
we recommend
choose your own
we recommend
choose your own
Taxis in Saint Petersburg
the most common companies
The largest aggregator of licensed taxi companies in Russia
Payment methods / Order by (via)
CASH -
website - yes | app - NO | phone - yes
CARD -
website - NO | app - yes | phone - NO
Call: phone - (+7812) 366 6666
via website | via apps - Android or iOS
The second largest aggregator of licensed taxi companies in Russia
Payment methods / Order by (via)
CASH - NO
CARD -
website - NO | app - yes | phone - NO
Call: phone - NO, online only
via website - NO | via apps - Android or iOS
The biggest and popular taxi service in St Petersburg
Payment methods / Order by (via)
CASH -
website - yes | app - yes | phone - yes
CARD -
website - yes | app - yes | phone - yes
Call: phone (+7812) 33 000 02 or 333 0000
via website | via apps - Android or iOS
The second most popular taxi in St Petersburg
Payment methods / Order by (via)
CASH -
website - yes | app - no | phone - yes
CARD -
website - yes | app - no | phone - yes
Call: phone (+7812) 324 7777 or 068
via website | via app - Android or iOS
The most popular private transfer service in Russia
Payment methods / Order by (via)
CASH - YES
CARD - YES
Call: phone - NO, online (website) only
Our choice
Private transfer | or by Taxi
KiwiTaxi transfer is a transportation service that is somewhat more expensive than a taxi. But now you have nothing to worry about! The advantages of a private transfer are - no problems with language, price is known in advance, driver will be waiting for you in the right place at the right time, holding a sign with your name.

You can order a transfer with any service level - e.g. transfer for the family with children, economy minivan for a tourist group or a luxury transfer. The transfer cost is fixed at the time of pre-order and never rises - either when the driver is waiting for the passenger, when the stop is necessary, or because of traffic jams.
Have questions? FAQ

Fill out the form. By default, Pushkin town (here is the Catherine Palace) and Central distric of St Petersburg are listed as the points of departure and destination. Replace the data in the form, if necessary. Specify address of your location / your hotel name. If the booking system cannot find your exact address, then first specify in the form the name of the District of St Petersburg as the point of departure or arrival (how to find out the name of the district) and next enter the exact address of departure / arrival in the next step of booking.

Click here to see prices for all most popular transfer routes in St Petersburg
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Our choice
1. Yandex Taxi
Yandex Taxi - call a cheap cab in St Petersburg
Yandex Taxi Note - this is not a carrier, but the largest aggregator of licensed taxi companies in Russia. The service is available in all major cities. Yandex Taxi owns Uber Russia subdivision. Cars can reach you very quickly.

To order a taxi in St Petersburg, call (+7812) 366 6666 or fill out the online form on the website (Pushkin town address is listed as destination) and also on mobile apps Google Play or iOS
The total cost of the trip is fixed and will be calculated immediately, based on the data you provide.

To correctly fill out the forms or order by phone / on the street, use our instructions, both general (above) and for 'Taxovichkof' company (below) - they are similar.
2. Taxovichkof
Taxovichkof - Cheap taxi in St Petersburg
Taxovichkof is the biggest and popular taxi service in St Petersburg. Taxovichkof taxis are located throughout the city. This allows timely responses which will exceed your expectations. Cars can reach you within 5 minutes across St. Petersburg

To order an inexpensive taxi in St Petersburg, call (+7812) 33 000 02 or 333 0000 or fill out the online form on the website or on mobile apps. The total cost of the trip is fixed and will be calculated immediately, based on the data you provide. Online order up to 30% cheaper

To learn more, calculate cost of the trip and order a taxi, you can download the mobile app on App Store or Google Play, or go to the website
USEFUL LINKS

BEWARE OF SCAMS! - detailed manual
Correct installing mobile app - detailed manual
Order a taxi via Mobile App - detailed manual
Call a taxi via Website - detailed manual
How to make an order correctly
by phone
Taxovichkof has English-speaking staff. However, if you have difficulties with the translation, several phrases in Russian will help you. Therefore, this method will be useful for you to order a taxi anywhere, even just on the street!
Note - Russian pronunciation

Say to operator or driver:

Taxi TO - MNE NUZHNA TAXI DA ADRESA + your adress
(live sound)

Taxi FROM - MNE NUZHNA TAXI AT ADRESA+ your adress
(live sound)

From St.P (Kupchino)
Vitebskiy prospekt, 101/2, at the bus stop -
VITEBSKIY PRASPEKT STO ADIN KORPUS DVA,
NA ASTANOFKE
(live sound)

To the Catherine Palace
Pushkin, Leont`yevskaya, 2 -
PUSHKIN, LEONT`YEVSKAYA DVA
(live sound)

From Pushkin town
Pushkin, Leont`yevskaya, 9, at the bus stop -
PUSHKIN, LEONT`YEVSKAYA DEVYET`,
NA ASTANOFKE
(live sound)

To St.P (Kupchino)
Subway station 'Kupchino' -
METRO KUPCHINO
(live sound)

Small dictionary

Today / Now - SEVODNYA / SEYCHAS
(live sound)

How much it this? - SKOLKA ETA STOIT ?
(live sound)

Do you accept credit cards? - VY PRINIMAYETE KARTOCHKI ?
(live sound)

I will pay - in cash / by credit card - YA ZAPLACHU - NALICHNYMI / KARTOY
(live sound)

Yes / No - DA / NET
(live sound)

Ok! / Good! - KHARASHO!
(live sound)

Stop here! - ASTANAVITE ZDYES`
(live sound)

Thank you - SPASIBA
(live sound)
via website
1) Open Taxovichkof website

2) Open the page with the instructions for ordering a taxi

3) TO CATHERINE PALACE

Enter in the field of DEPARTURE point - ('Adress or feature' - manually or copy and paste) - your adress or, if the journey starts from subway 'Kupchino' -
Metro Kupchino (Exit to Vitebskiy prospekt)
Sure to! Enter this text in the 'Comments' field -
Vitebskiy pr, 101-2, na ostanovke
and wait a taxi here!

Enter in the field of ARRIVAL point -
ul. Leont'evskaya
(Note! Make sure that you specify the address in Pushkin town! Make no mistake - there is a street with the same name in Peterhof!)
Enter in the field 'building' number 2

FROM CATHERINE PALACE

Enter in the field of DEPARTURE point -
ul. Leont'evskaya
(Note! Make sure that you specify the address in Pushkin town! Make no mistake - there is a street with the same name in Peterhof!)
Enter in the field 'building' number 9
Sure to! Enter this text in the 'Comments' field -
na ostanovke
and wait a taxi here!

Enter in the field of ARRIVAL point -
your adress or, if the purpose of the trip is 'Kupchino' subway -
Metro Kupchino (Exit to Vitebskiy prospekt)

4) Follow the next instructions
via app
1) Download the application from Google Play or App Store
For the correct installation of the application and change language, follow these instructions

2) Open the page with the instructions for ordering a taxi

3) TO CATHERINE PALACE

Enter in the field of DEPARTURE point - ('Adress or feature' - manually or copy and paste) - your adress or, if the journey starts from subway 'Kupchino' -
Metro Kupchino (Exit to Vitebskiy prospekt)
Sure to! Enter this text in the 'Comments' field -
Vitebskiy pr, 101-2, na ostanovke
and wait a taxi here!

Enter in the field of ARRIVAL point -
ul. Leont'evskaya
(Note! Make sure that you specify the address in Pushkin town! Make no mistake - there is a street with the same name in Peterhof!)
Enter in the field 'building' number 2

FROM CATHERINE PALACE

Enter in the field of DEPARTURE point -
ul. Leont'evskaya
(Note! Make sure that you specify the address in Pushkin town! Make no mistake - there is a street with the same name in Peterhof!)
Enter in the field 'building' number 9
Sure to! Enter this text in the 'Comments' field -
na ostanovke
and wait a taxi here!

Enter in the field of ARRIVAL point -
your adress or, if the purpose of the trip is 'Kupchino' subway -
Metro Kupchino (Exit to Vitebskiy prospekt)

4) Follow the next instructions
on the street
Do you need a taxi urgently and you see a car right in front of you on the street?
Excellent! Because the Russian language is your thing!
Click here and you will have the same Russian pronunciation similar as Mr. Putin`s
But! Let it be a branded car and agree on a price in advance. Remember our warnings!
Note - Russian pronunciation

Say to driver:

Taxi TO - MNE NUZHNA TAXI DA ADRESA + your adress
(live sound)

To the Catherine Palace
Pushkin, Leont`yevskaya, 2 -
PUSHKIN, LEONT`YEVSKAYA DVA
(live sound)

To StP (Kupchino)
Subway station 'Kupchino' -
METRO KUPCHINO
(live sound)

Small dictionary

How much it this? - SKOLKA ETA STOIT ?
(live sound)

Do you accept credit cards? - VY PRINIMAYETE KARTOCHKI ?
(live sound)

I will pay - in cash / by credit card - YA ZAPLACHU - NALICHNYMI / KARTOY
(live sound)

Yes / No - DA / NET
(live sound)

Ok! / Good! - KHARASHO!
(live sound)

Stop here! - ASTANAVITE ZDYES`
(live sound)

Thank you - SPASIBA
(live sound)
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