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Russia is a vast country that is over 70% larger than Canada, which is the second largest country.  Despite its size though, Russia is quite accessible to travellers since the most popular attractions are concentrated in a couple cities.

Moscow is Russia's capital and has been a major political center for decades.  It demonstrates Russia's embrace of capitalism and is home to many new buildings and burgeoning skyscrapers.  Moscow is also notable for having the most billionaires in the world, due to the vast oil and resource deposits in Russia.  The chief sights include the Kremlin complex, the colorful 16th century St. Basil's Cathedral,  and Lenin's Mausoleum.  All of these are centered around Red Square.

Saint Petersburg is a cosmopolitan European oriented city that has been known as a Window to the West and called the Venice of the North for its palaces and waterways.  It is home to the Hermitage, a world-class former Tsarist palace turned museum filled with art.

If those two cities aren't to your liking, you can explore some of this vast cold country via the Trans-Siberian Railway. Spend a week and you can travel from Moscow to Vladivostok, and many places in between, as it cuts across Siberia to the Far East of Russia.

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Questions answered about visiting Russia
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I'm gonna travel w/ the Trans-siberian next year, any suggestions of what to and not to bring? What about the food?
Is it hard to get by in English in Moscow, St. Petersburg?
What are all the requirements, and what is the process that must be gone through to get a visa to visit Russia?
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Tinkoff Brewery/Restaurant: while the setting is rather upperclass, you can eat a lot for little money. Tinkoff is a Russian beer brewery, so you are at the source here ;)
They also serve sushi, and at night it turns into a club when local or national bands and DJs perform, from Rock to Electro.
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GENERATOR Club, Tolyatti
rock music/live club just outside of town. rather small but very rock'n'roll! the bar has just about nine beer glasses, so sometimes you have to wait for them to collect and wash 'em... lot of famous russian and also international bands played there.
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Moo Moo Restaurant, Old Arbat Street (next to Home from Home Hostel)
Nice Restaurant with Buffet, Barbecue, also local specialities. Meeting people is easy, fun place.
Meet Phil!
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