Multiple entry - 3 years
To obtain a 3 year multi-entry visa applicants should provide the following documents:
For Tourist Visas: the tourist voucher issued by an authorized travel agency with its own tourist reference number (provided by Go To Russia Travel) and a personal letter of introduction addressed to the Consulate of Russia (download sample here). The letter should state the purpose of your trip, dates of the visit, list of cities to be visited in Russia and REQUEST for Multiple entry 3 year visa. It should also have your signature and contact details (address, phone, email).
For Business and Humanitarian Visas: the written statement from the host organization containing full name of the host organization, its official address and contact information, the full name and position of the person who signed the statement (if the host organization is a legal entity or enterprise, an institution or their affiliate established in the territory of the Russian Federation - the individual taxpayer number), and basic information about the visa applicant: full name, date of birth, citizenship, sex, passport number, multiplicity of the visa, purpose of travel, requested period of entry for 3 years (ex. Jan 2, 2013 - Jan 1, 2016), dates of first entry and exit (first stay only - less than 6 months), location of intended residence of the visa applicant (including full address and phone number), and the cities to be visited.
For Private Stay Visas: the notarized written statement from the hosting individual, which will contain the following information: full name, date of birth, citizenship, gender, passport number, address of registration, and address of the actual residence of the hosting individual, as well as visa applicant's full name, date of birth, citizenship, gender, passport number, multiplicity of the visa, purpose of travel, requested period of entry, location of intended residence of the visa applicant, and the cities to be visited. The host individual could be either a Russian citizen registered on the territory of the Russian Federation, or a US citizen who has the permit to stay on the territory of Russian Federation for more than 90 days (i.e. work permit, common student multiple visa, diplomatic visa of the employee of the USA diplomatic missions or consulates on the territory of the Russian Federation). If the hosting individual is a Russian citizen, a copy of his/her INTERNAL Russian passport (the first page with individual information and the page with a stamp with this person's registered address in Russia ("propiska")) must be submitted along with the letter of invitation. Please, note that earliest possible entry date listed on the invitation for a private visa cannot be earlier than the date of submission of the visa application to the Consulate.
The Consulate may also request the following additional documents: