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I sailed St Petersburg to Norway in 2011 and had planned to depart Russia at Murmansk but the Border Control officials at Archangelsk advised clearing out there because Murmansk is very bureaucratic and under strong military control.
I accepted their opinion but said it was a pity because I would have to go into international waters for the passage to Norway whereas I had hoped to make a coastal passage. Immediately they contacted the Coastguard and got me special permission to sail inshore. The Coastguard also said I could day sail and anchor at night, provided I always told the coastguard patrol ship where I wanted to stop. I anchored three times with their permission after leaving the White Sea.
I am now back in the Baltic, wintering near Stockholm, after winters near Tromsoe and in Denmark. Email me if you wish and do contact our St Petersburg port officer, Vladimir Ivankiv, for the latest information about the inland waters.