Russia is not the place to take contraception lightly. From a pure health point of view, there has been a spike in sexually transmitted diseases in recent years and an alarming increase in the number of people with HIV, so be careful about the partners you choose and diligent about contraception. Luckily, condoms are incredibly simple to buy in Russia. You can get well-known international brands in most grocery shops - they are conveniently placed by the counter next to chocolate bars and gum. Pharmacies, which are found on pretty much every street corner and many of which work 24 hours, are also a good source for emergency contraception. For women, it is a lot trickier to get contraceptive pills. You might not find the same brand, so it’s best to bring extra packages of your own. Pregnancy tests (test na beremennost - тест на беременность) can also be found at pharmacies, as well as the morning after pill (ekstrennyi kontratseptiv - экстренный контрацептив), but some pharmacies may ask for a prescription so don’t rely on that method alone, or be prepared to visit another.