If you have booked or are booking your accommodation in Russia through Airbnb (or similar apartment rental platforms) and you need an invitation letter to process your visa to Russia, there are different authorized Russian tour operators that will …
In Russia you can find excellent accommodation but also horrible accommodation (more often, I think, than in other western countries).
Fortunately, the major online booking platforms include many reviews by other travelers that allow you to easily avoid choosing bad accommodation.
In this section I talk about:
1. The main types of accommodation in Russia and which ones I think are the most interesting for sightseeing on your own
2. Criteria to use when choosing and booking accommodation in Russia
3. The districts and areas I recommend for your booking
Following international sanctions due to the conflict in Ukraine, it is not possible to book accommodation in Russia through Booking.com, Airbnb or other Western platforms. The best alternative is currently the Russian platform Ostrovok.