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.

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.

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