Hi, I'm hoping someone knows the answer to the following questions on a travel/international passport.

(a) Is there an express service, which one can pay for, to get the passport quicker? If so is this in every city?
(b) Is it best applying in the city of birth or would going to Moscow speed up the process?
(c) Should one fill out the forms online prior to going to the foreign office or stand in the queue and do it there?
(d) I know there is a 31 day limit for processing - this time of year, is this likely?

If anyone has any decent links to all of this or information about express service then please let me know. Paying to be done quicker is far better!