I have managed a successful donation and I have previously caused myself unnecessary problems with other donations elsewhere, so thought I’d explain. Russian account numbers are 20 digits long. You often see 2 x account numbers on appeals.
There’s a transit currency account where you donate in currency other than rubles.
There’s also a ruble account (RUB) which you can donate directly into, you can get charges from your UK bank but I haven’t found huge difference with amounts I’m donating.
You need the SWIFT code, bank address and you may need VO code – your bank may have or you can find online.
For example – this official Kemerovo appeal has been launched on RT.com which is going to Russian Red Cross relief effort there.
I also used https://translate.yandex.com/ for Russian Red Cross website as well. Not because I didn’t trust RT at all, just wanted to find out more about the organisation.
Russian Red Cross on Twitter (in Russian) http://twitter.com/russianredcross