Folk dancers in St. Petersburg. Photo: Rocketstar


The largest country on Earth, the Russian federation has a knack for keeping up the larger-than-life vibe. The opulent imperial palaces, stark Soviet architecture, and ornate churches are landmarks in the biggest cities: Moscow and St. Petersburg. In the west, the towns in the Golden Ring have preserved churches and kremlins dating back to the the 12th century. The surprisingly subtropical Black Sea coastline is dotted with beach towns, and ski-friendly mountains span the country, from Sochi (2014 Olympics, anyone?) to Western Caucasus.

We have tips for living and working in Russia, from conquering the paperwork to getting your tongue around the language. We have Trans-Siberian tips, foodie field guides, and essays on race issues in Moscow. Don’t worry, we have vodka tips too.

Russia Articles

18 scenic places to teach ESL

by Michelle Schusterman

10 phrases only Russians understand

by Jackie Nenchin

This lip-syncing video from rural Russia will make you want to get up and dance

by Matt Hershberger

What NOT to do in Moscow

by Jenna Makowski

How to piss off a Russian

by Ania Kish

12 dates Russians go on

by Ania Kish

10 signs your boyfriend is Russian

by Ania Kish

15 differences between a normal friend and a Russian friend

by Ania Kish

5 insane drinking games from around the world

by Kae Lani

Nobody’s River: Descending one of the world’s last free-flowing rivers

by David Miller

Brutal hail storm sends people running for cover on Russian beach [VID]

by Katka Lapelosa

To understand what’s really happening in Ukraine, follow the gas lines on this map

by Katie Engelhart

How to pull a car out of a lake – Russian style

by Rory Moulton

Massive aurora borealis caught on film in Russia

by Matt Hershberger

Why are we giving world sporting events to Russia, China, and Qatar anyway?

by Matt Hershberger

What it’s like to be gay in Russia

by Anne Hoffman

Mapmakers at odds over where to put Crimea

by Rory Moulton

How my poor Russian language skills got me out of paying a bribe

by Eytan Levy
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