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

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What NOT to do in Moscow

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by Morgane Croissant

Think you could handle winter in the world’s coldest town?

by Cathy Brown

Oddly enough, Moscow is becoming ‘European’

by Dan Peleschuk

Think it’s just Putin who runs Russia? Guess again

by Dan Peleschuk

The top 12 places for teaching English abroad

by Kelly Lalonde

7 things Russians love to hate

by Marina Vinogradova

18 scenic places to teach ESL

by Michelle Schusterman

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

by Matt Hershberger

10 phrases only Russians understand

by Jackie Nenchin

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
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