Happy New Year!
I spend my new year hopping hostels and even police stations.
I was at a hostel for 4 nights in Moscow from the 28th to the 1st ( arrived from Irtukus but stayed in Moscow earlier at a different hostel from the 18th November to the 8th Dec - on the 8th I left Moscow for a Siberia visit ). On the 1st I asked my hostel to extend my stay, and they said it was full. So I had no option but to checkout. I asked for a registration certificate ( I usually ask for it during checkout ) but the hostel said they couldn't give the certificate as it was a holiday.
I already had booked another hostel online with advance payment, but upon arriving at the new hostel they insisted on the registration certificate for my earleir hostel. I explained the situation but they didn't check me in and didn't refund as well as it was booked through OTA. Anyway, after this, I visited 3 more nearby hostels and all insisted on my latest registration certificate and all the explanation was of no use.
I even visited a nearby police station, where only a security guy was there. He also said we have holidays till 10th January, so we can't help.
I had to call a friend to stay. So I am staying on private property. Now, I don't know how to register, where to go, its holidays, offices are closed? I intend to travel to Saint Petersburg on 5th January, but what if they ask for a registration certificate from Moscow, what if they don't give me room, where will I stay?
My holidays are spoiled, I am worrying about my stay and registration instead of exploring places and enjoy my holidays.
Your advice please.