Russian territory is not very well suited for anyone just wishing to ride through quickly because of these visa regulations.
This year we were thinking about starting off for Eastern Europe from Finland going overland, that means through Russia first, but it turned out our visas cost 35 euros each, and its practically impossible to apply them without a travel agent or similar, the use of which just about doubles the costs.
So it would´ve been 140 euros, and the 2 of us had only just crossed the border from Finland. And would´ve exited to Estonia just 1-2 days later. Decided that´s crazy, and so we kept that money, and did all our spending in other countries. If there was a more reasonably-priced visa for, say, 2-3 days, then some people might actually make their trips thru Russia from here, and also spend some of their money in Russia in the process.