There is a true fact that it is painfully difficult to get a visa to Russia. If you would like to preserve your nervious system just apply at least one month before you plan to travel to Russia. The best suggestion is to use the service of the travel agencies specializing on arranging visas to Russia unless you want to spend a lot of time refilling in your visa application as any insignificant mistakes could lead to handing it over and over again.
Travel agency will ask you to submit only few documents: passport and 2 passport-size photos, all application forms will be filled with their support.
Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to cancel Visa regyme to the Russian Federation in the year 2018 due to the Football World Cup. However 2018 is quite far away, thus follow our recommendations and you are welcome to Russia!