Russia, the largest country in the world is both mysterious and magical spreading its reach across Asia and Europe. Offering every landscape under the sun, Russia has been blessed with everything from the highest mountains, dense forests, deepest lakes to the coldest desert. Historic and architecturally stunning, its era of power and prestige can still be felt in its iconic landmarks. Culturally rich, dynamic and home to two world-class cities, Russia is the great escape you need as a globetrotter.
USEFUL INFO. ABOUT RUSSIA
OFFICIAL NAME: Russian Federation
FORM OF GOVERNMENT: Federation
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE(S): Russian
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: More than 120 languages are spoken in Russia but English, German, French, and Turkish are the main ones used apart from Russian.
CURRENCY: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
ETHINICITY: 81.0% Russian, 3.7% Tatar, 1.4% Ukrainian, 1.2% Armenian, 1.1% Bashkir, 1.0% Chuvash, 11.0% Others/Unspecified
MAP REFERRED: ASIA/EUROPE
AREA: 17,098,246 Square Km
ELEVATION : Highest point is Mount Elbrus; 5,642 m (18,510 ft)
NEIGHBOURING PLACES - Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, North Korea, Japan, United States
FAMOUS FOR: Moscow | Siberia | Sochi | Kaza | Grozny | Tatarstan | Krasnodar | Kaliningrad | Yekaterinburg | Novosibirsk | Yakutsk | Makhachkala | Kamchatka | Novorossiysk | Irkutsk | Astrakhan
NATIONAL SYMBOLS: Garuda is the official emblem; it is a coat of arms with the 5 principles of the state - Pancasila, along with its motto "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika."
TIME ZONE: : UTC+2 to +12
DRIVING SIDE: Left
AIRPORTS IN Russia: Russia has 227 operational airports, the busiest ones are: Sheremetyevo (Moscow), Domodedovo (Moscow), Vnukovo (Moscow), Pulkovo (Saint Petersburg), Koltsovo (Yekaterinburg), Tolmachevo (Novosibirsk), Yemelyanovo (Krasnoyarsk), Novy (Khabarovsk), Pashkovsky (Krasnodar), Ufa (Ufa), Sochi (Sochi).
Network / Connectivity
Russia's larger cities such as Moscow have a stable internet infrastructure with affordable services available. Most hotels, restaurants, and commercial spots offer free Wi-Fi, including all airports in Moscow. There's also internet access available in major parks and in metro stations.
If you're worried about the safety of your information over public networks, it is better to either use VPN services or simply use mobile data. You can buy a SIM from an official seller (your passport information will be required); a prepaid SIM can cost about $9 with 15 GB of internet valid for 30 days. The main phone companies are MTS, MegaFon, and Beeline, and their retail outlets are scattered all over the country. Wi-Fi rental devices are also an option with prices starting at about $8/day.