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Volgograd is a city in south-west Russia. When traveling along the riverbanks, be aware of huge amounts of mosquitoes.
Two options to start hitchhiking towards Astrakhan. The first option is to take the local train (at the main trainstation; go trough the tunnel on the left to the local train station) to take a train to Tatyanka-Yuzhnaya (Krasnoarmeyskiy region of Volgograd). From there the road to the south is only 600 meters. The train is however only two times a day. The second option is to take a marshrutka to Yubileyniy. It takes you all the way to the south of the city. It stops at a market, maybe you should get off a little bit earlier, but from there you can easily walk to the road. Ask for 'trassa'. There's a big road, with still some local traffic, but getting a car to Astrakhan oblast shouldn't be too hard.
North towards Moscow
Take a local train from Volgograd-1 to Kotluban (Котлубань), there are two trains in the morning and both take about one hour. It takes you about 40 km out of town for the price of 48 Roubles (1,20€) and the station is just 300 meters from the main road to Moscow.
Take a subway tram in the center of the city (the old tram, not the new model, because the old one is going to the direction you need) to the last stop (Traktornaya pasazhirskaya). You need to find round about at Opolchenskaya street. It's only one on that street, so check it on google maps how to get there through smaller streets. From there, take a bus number 298 to Yerzhovka. Get out of the bus before it goes to the city, stay on the road which is going around the city and HH from there towards north.
If you have difficulties to find round about at Opolchenskaya street, just ask people where is the bus station for village Yerzhovka and they will tell you.