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Frommer's Moscow and St. Petersburg

by Angela Charlton

  • Completely updated every year.
  • Insider advice from a local expert. Our author, a formerMoscow-based AP correspondent, hits all the highlights, from RedSquaqre to the Hermitage. She's checked out both cities'...

Empire of Corruption: The Russian National Pastime

by Vladimir Soloviev

Empire of Corruption is Vladimir Soloviev's attempt to share his opinions on Russia's ways of dealing with corruption. With a certain irony, Soloviev calls the issue 'the Russian national pastime', explaining...

Foreign Faces

by V.S. Pritchett

'I am,' writes Mr. Pritchett, 'an offensive traveller'-meaning not that he is rude to porters, but that his praise of a country has sometimes been taken by its inhabitants as abuse or ridicule.

Be that as it...

Land of the Bear: Siberian Campfires

by Denny Geurink


This fascinating book relates all the excitement, mystery, danger, and adventure of living and traveling in Siberia.

It all started back in 1991, when I received an invitation via the Gorbachev government,...

The Journey for Mama's Babies

by Melissa R. Pandolf

Melissa Pandolf has never been one to let a few rules stand in her way. So when she and her husband, Doug, began the adoption process, the hopeful mother-to-be had her sights set on quickly welcoming two beaming...

I Was a Potato Oligarch: Travels and Travails in the New Russia

by John Mole

A wild tour, with hopeful oligarchs and hopeless biznismyen, Tolkienists and scientists, spud, bugs, the mafia and (extra)ordinary Russians.

One Steppe Beyond: Across Russia in a VW Camper

by Thom Wheeler

Traveling across the former Soviet Union is a challenge at the best of times—doing so in a dilapidated VW is just that much more of an adventure A chance job offer at a timber yard in Estonia gives Thom and...

Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia

by Tom Bissell

In 1996, Tom Bissell went to Uzbekistan as a na•ve Peace Corps volunteer. Though he lasted only a few months before illness and personal crisis forced him home, Bissell found himself entranced by this remote...

Hidden Russia: Informal Relations and Trust

by Oleg Konovalov & Andrew Laurence Norton

This book addresses the role of informal relations and trust in Russian society and business. It advances the understanding of the phenomenon of personal networks which are specific to the local Russian culture....

Letters from Russia

by Astolphe De Custine & Anka Muhlstein

The Marquis de Custine’s record of his trip to Russia in 1839 is a brilliantly perceptive, even prophetic, account of one of the world’s most fascinating and troubled countries. It is also a wonderful piece...

Russia - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

by Anna King

Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive...

Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape

by Susan Richards

After the fall of communism, Russia was in a state of shock. The sudden and dramatic change left many people adrift and uncertain—but also full of a tentative but tenacious hope. Returning again and again...

Insight Guides: Russia

by Insight Guides

Insight Guides: Inspiring your next adventure

Russia remains an enigma to many, and most visitors will only go to the stunning St Petersburg or the capital Moscow, but those who venture further into this vast...

Black Dragon River: A Journey Down the Amur River at the Borderlands of Empires

by Dominic Ziegler

Black Dragon River is a personal journey down one of Asia’s great rivers that reveals the region’s essential history and culture. The world’s ninth largest river, the Amur serves as a large part of the...

The Journey

by Sergio Pitol, George Henson & Álvaro Enrigue

Masterful storyteller and Cervantes Prize winner reflects on the power of literature and travel to change our lives

In the Lands of the Romanovs

by Anthony Cross

Over the course of more than three centuries of Romanov rule in Russia, foreign visitors and residents produced a vast corpus of literature conveying their experiences and impressions of the country. The product...

Among the Russians

by Colin Thubron

Here is a fresh perspective on the last tumultuous years of the Soviet Union and an exquisitely poetic travelogue.With a keen grasp of Russia's history, a deep appreciation for its architecture and iconography,...

Russian Grammar ( Blokehead Easy Study Guide)

by The Blokehead

At first glance, mastering even the basics of Russian grammar can seem like a daunting challenge. However, while it can be significantly different from English grammar, it is not as difficult as it seems. For...

All the Clean Ones Are Married: and Other Everyday Calamities

by Lori Cidylo

In 1991, Lori Cidylo shocked her Ukrainian Polish-born parents when she told them she was leaving her reporter's job on an upstate New York newspaper to live and work in the rapidly dissolving Soviet Union.For...

Lonely Planet Trans-Siberian Railway

by Lonely Planet, Simon Richmond & Greg Bloom

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Trans-Siberian Railway is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await...