Russia

Russia Travel Guide

Igor Markin's Art 4 is the first private museum to open here in 100 years and showcases his personal collection of Russian art from the past four decades: Totalitarian-stamped vistas by 70's Pop art practitioner Eric Bulatov; cocktails of brutality and buffoonery by 80's painter Konstantin Zvezdo

Here, slim-thighed trophy wives named Ksusha browse an exquisite selection of $1,000 dresses in sizes two and four.

Pick up the perfect fur pillbox or trapper hat. Reasonably priced mink, arctic fox, and trimmed beaver-pelt caps in black and russet or gumdrop pinks and greens line the walls.

Built in 1733 and capped with a distinctive golden needle, the 400-plus-foot spire is a landmark of the Petersburg skyline. It's also a mausoleum for Russia's royal family, containing the remains of every czar from Peter the Great on.

At Moscow's Museum of Contemporary History, visitors follow the story of Russia from the end of Romanov rule through present times; it also contains an extraordinary Soviet-era porcelain collection, personal items from Lenin, Stalin, and Brezhnev, re-created Soviet apartments, and entire rooms fu

Sandunovskiye Baths, renovated in 2006, is the city's most famous bathhouse, which offers ornate halls for steaming, plunging into cold pools, being massaged with coffee grounds and honey, and sipping tea.

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The chocolate-toned, candlelit subterranean hangout on the Moika Canal is a fine place for Earl Grey during the day or stiffer drinks at night (absinthe is on the menu). Cherished by expats, it's got a distinctly bohemian air.