This is part of my series on pursuing temporary residency in St. Petersburg, Russia (look under label "residency").
I haven't gone to get fingerprinted yet, although expat.ru has a really helpful forum thread related specifically to Americans getting a criminal background check. They tell it mostly from the point of view of getting it while in Russia. I am hoping to obtain it while in the States so I don't have to deal with the international postal system. But a lot of the information is still applicable.
In the meantime, I do have one document that I can check off my list...my birth certificate! It's here (a copy), in notarized form.