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The Russian Federation, or more commonly called Russia, is a country on the northern part of the world, spanning and covering areas in Asia and Europe. Sometimes called a Eurasian country, it is a federal semi-presidential Republic, sharing borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, and Georgia in Europe, and Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea in Asia. It also shares maritime borders with Japan at the Sea of Okhotsk, with the US State of Alaska across Bering Strait, and Canada through the Arctic Islands. Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than 1/8 of the Earth's inhabited area and the world's ninth most populous nation with 143 million people as of 2012. Extending across entire North Asia and much of Eastern Europe, Russia covers nine time zones and incorporates various environments and a wide range of land forms and water forms.

Tourism wise, the big chunk that is Russia has it all – from historic cities and idyllic countryside to artistic riches, train rides, vodka-fuelled nightlife, and adventures. Visiting the country proves to be a rewarding and complete experience.

What to see & do

Previously, Russia has been so closed off to the world – hiding its natural beauty and culture to other inhabitants that are not part of the federation. After the veil has been lifted and Russia has been more open and welcoming, the world began to see the country in a different light.

Moscow – The Russian capital, Moscow is the most populous federal subject of Russia. The city is the major political, economic, cultural, and scientific centre in Russia and Europe, and even holding the largest number of billionaire residents in the world, according to Forbes magazine (2013). It is also ranked as the ninth most expensive city in the world, and one of the world's largest urban economies, owing to its highly developed business centres and well-maintained historical landmarks. Visit the Central Federal District and check on the key sights such as the colourful St. Basil's Cathedral, the sturdy Spasskaya Clocktower and Red Square, the Bolshoi Theatre, and the Moscow International Business Center – the fuel of the Russian economy.

Saint Petersburg – One of the more modern cities in Russia, Saint Petersburg is the second largest city of the federation, right after Moscow. Often, the city is compared to the capital, but in the recent years, Saint Petersburg has risen and has proven itself as a worthy equal of Moscow. It is home to the Russian Tsars, starting from Tsar Peter the Great who established the city, down to the last Tsar, Nicholas II. It is also called the Venice of the North, owing it to the fact that the city has elegant canals and Italianate mansions mostly inspired and adorned with baroque and neoclassical designs. Palaces, as well as other architecture, are undeniably European. Visit the Yusupov Palace, the Mariinsky Theatre, State Hermitage Museum, Kunstkamera, and many others.

Golden Ring of Russia – The Golden Ring of Russia is the string of the country's oldest towns that formed the core of eastern Kyivan Rus. If travelling to the said region, brace for a flow of images that are familiar and iconic at the same time. Architecture, local religious palaces, and Russia's oldest religious art can all be found here, along with country roads that are so picturesque they invite travellers to take a break and ride on an adventure.

Lake Baikal – One of the more iconic enigmas of Russia, the Lake Baikal is one of the world's largest and oldest geographical features. Summer travellers may enjoy the beautiful vistas across the waters of the deepest blue – to soaring mountain ranges on the opposite shore. Winter visitors meanwhile may marvel at its powder-white surface, frozen steel-hard with a running 2,000km of shoreline.

How to get around within Russia

Due to the size of the country and poor road safety, travellers are better off riding trains. Whether crossing and going to another country or just transferring from one city to another, riding the train is faster and more efficient. There are also buses, but rides may last for more than five hours depending on the distance and the length of travel. Planes are also suggested. They are quicker but are costlier than land transport, so make sure to weigh first as to whether or not to take the planes out especially when only transferring from one city to another. In the summers, boats are frequent on the rivers of European Russia, while hitchhiking is safe and lively in the country, just like in other countries. There's even an Academy of Hitchhiking in the country.

How to get there

There are many entry points to the Russian Federation. Moscow alone has eight airports, Saint Petersburg has two, but the busiest is the Domodevo International Airport followed by the Sheremetyevo International Airport and the Pulkovo Airport. The first two airports are found in Moscow, while the last one is found in Saint Petersburg. For cheap flights, visit Skyscanner. Skyscanner is an online resource of the cheapest flights from over 600 airlines worldwide.

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