Standard Russian number plates feature black characters on a white background, and the registration number consists of eight or nine characters. In the first section of the number plate, there is one letter, followed by three numbers and then two more letters. Taken together, the letters together indicate the series. The digits are the serial number. Interestingly, only the letters of the Cyrillic alphabet that look like characters in the Latin alphabet are used. There are 12 in total: А, В, Е, К, М, Н, О, Р, С, Т, У and Х. The aim is to make Russian number plates easy to read abroad.
On the right-hand side, in a separate frame, there is the two- or three-digit code of the region in which the vehicle was registered (at least the place of initial registration – due to the lack of numerical combinations, those who buy a used car can now retain the original registration number), Russia’s international code (RUS), and a Russian flag.