The pioneer: chef Evgeny Vikentev's experimental Russian cuisine

In St Petersburg, Evgeny Vikentev puts a distinctly modern spin on Russian cuisine. Faced with bans on whole swathes of foreign produce, creating experimental, outward-looking dishes can be tough — but he's up to the challenge.

A trans-Siberian winter adventure: skiing the shores of Lake Baikal

The valley of Bolshoy Mamay, near the shores of Lake Baikal, is a remote Russian region that’s garnering a loyal following of backcountry skiers. Travel there by Trans-Siberian Railway and the adventure begins before you even clip in.

Notes from an author: Matthew Woodward on Siberia

Crossing one of the world’s remotest borders by train proves to be a challenging experience — not least when faced with a language barrier.

A neighbourhood guide to Moscow

We explore the best things to do in Moscow, with advice on where to go, unusual places to visit and where to eat.

What the locals are eating in St Petersburg

Whether it’s frozen salmon or gherkin soup, traditional dishes are being reimagined in Russia’s second city.

Russia: Exploring the Volga River

Explore St Petersburg's canals and head out onto the Volga River — drinking plenty of vodka as you go — in search of the ever-elusive Russian smile.

Levison Wood's Eastern Horizons

Years before Levison Wood became a globetrotting TV star, he took a 10,000-mile overland journey across Russia, along the Silk Road, to Afghanistan

10 of the best places to see autumn leaves

Discover where to see fabulous foliage all over the world, whether in vineyards or forests or simply lining residential roads.

City life: St Petersburg

Peter the Great's Baltic metropolis remains Russia's 'window on the West' — a magical city of palatial architecture and Soviet relics, bone-numbing cold and toasty saunas.

Sleep: Moscow

It might have a reputation as a hugely expensive destination, but Moscow's sumptuous sights are matched by an affordable range of hotels and hostels that enable you to gorge on history-laden culture, iconic architecture and finger-licking blinis.

Russia: The towns that time forgot

North east of Moscow, the towns and cities of the Golden Ring preserve the Slavic soul of Russia — a spectacular vision of glittering onion domes, wedding-cake chapels and frescoed churches set against a backdrop of the mighty Volga River

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