By train or by plane?

Russia is a vast country. This vastness remains incomprehensible until you actually endeavour to travel within the country itself. Distances become entirely relative of course, and I would think nothing of taking a 16-hour journey for a weekend trip to another city. But whilst the train is still a fairly inexpensive mode of transport, airlines like Pobeda are offering great low-cost domestic flights that take a fraction of the time. So why is train travel still so popular in Russia, for natives and tourists alike? Continue reading “By train or by plane?”

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The C word

Discussing corruption in Russia isn’t as difficult or as taboo as one might think. In fact, people are pretty open about it. A theme that spans so many areas of life in Russia today, it is one that seems to be accepted, or at least tolerated, as part and parcel of living here. Continue reading “The C word”