Arterm Sedov and Elena Sedova wrote:
Just wanted to ask if it is ever possible living in Russia to open bank account in europe to receive payment from local clients.
Yes it is possible, although not directly - you'll have to use some intermediary or travel to Europe yourself.
The thing is that Russian banks do not have SFWIFT codes and transferring money to Russia is a headache for many clients.
Come on. I don't know where in Russia you live, but even in any (even the most distant) branch of the most conservative and "user-unfriendly" Russian Sberbank they let you accept an international wire transfer - yes, using SWIFT. Probably you just were unlucky with that particular manager who told you the nonsense of banks in Russia not using SWIFT.
Goodgle search about online bank applications was not very successful. Any sugeestions?
No need for online banks here - try to find a local branch of Alfa-bank or Guta, open an account and don't ask them about SWIFT - ask them what you would need to tell a sender to receive money from abroad.