Originally Posted by DirtyADV
Not sure how the others feel but I would go with not paying any bribes even if it would take longer to cross the border.
you've got the totally wrong impression, there won't be any bribing going on at the border; I have crossed several times in the last five years at a variety of crossing points and the border folks are all very professional.
just have your documents in order and be prepared for a bit of bureaucracy/waiting around. just forget most of what you've heard about bribery on the roads in russia, most of it is bullshit or outdated stories from the nineties.