Folk dancers in St. Petersburg. Photo: Rocketstar

Russia

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
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What NOT to do in Moscow

by Jenna Makowski

Meet the badass Siberian truckers who risk their lives literally driving on thin ice [GALLERY]

by Matador Community
1

A community came together to save orca whales and the result is heartwarming

by Morgane Croissant
24

24 signs you’ve been in Russia too long

by Lee Wei Xin

This is what the most epic train ride in the world will take you to see

by Morgane Croissant
1

The 30 funniest Russian expressions and how to use them

by Yulia Denisyuk
1

The politics of international adoption: 5 countries ranked on how they treat orphaned kids

by Juliana Bilowich

Russian police published a hilarious guide to taking selfies without killing yourself

by Dan Peleschuk
2

11 bird’s-eye views of the world that will leave you speechless

by Katie Scott Aiton

10 ways to humiliate yourself in Moscow

by Marina Vinogradova
61

The best hangover foods around the world

by Eva Sandoval
2

10 signs you were raised by a Siberian mother

by Elena Zakomoldina-Fitoussi
1

Here’s why Russia is wasting no time exploring the Arctic seabed

by Paul Ames
2

Poachers killed her mother. Now this tigress is free again in Siberia.

by Carlo Alcos
166

The top 12 places for teaching English abroad

by Kelly Lalonde
1

10 abilities we Siberians have over everyone

by Elena Zakomoldina-Fitoussi
1

10 signs you were born and raised in Siberia

by Elena Zakomoldina-Fitoussi
4

You’ll soon be able to take a road trip from Moscow to New York

by Morgane Croissant
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