• Officially: Russian Federation
  • Capital: Moscow

Facts

  • Population: 142.7 million
  • Major language: Russian
  • Major religions: Christianity, Islam
  • Life expectancy: 63 years (men), 75 years (women)

Geography

  • Area: 17 million sq km (6.6 million sq miles)
  • Russian is the largest country in the world by total area
    • The border between Europe and Asia crosses through Russia, making it transcontinental.
      • The largest of the Asian countries by area is Russia, which occupies about 30% of the total territory of the continent.
      • Europe’s largest country is Russia, occupying 37% of total continental area.

Notes

  • Russia is the biggest country in the world and encompasses 11 time zones
  • Russians are very friendly and helpful

Tourism

  • Canadians must be in possession of a visa to visit Russia.
    • Visa applications must be submitted electronically via the Embassy of the Russian Federationโ€™s website. Visas are normally restricted to 30 or 90 days.
    • If planning to remain in Russia for more than 3 months, you must provide a medical certificate of a negative test for HIV infection.
    • Foreign nationals are expected to apply for a visa in the country of their citizenship unless they have a residence or work permit in a third country for the period more than 90 days. (Email)
      • However, several overlanders appear to have obtained their visas while on the road.
  • Visit the coast south of Vladivostok (recommended by LandCruising Adventure)
  • Visit the east shore of Lake Baikal (recommended by LandCruising Adventure)

Overlanding

  • Itโ€™s mandatory to always drive with your headlights on
  • Russia requires you to have insurance
    • Available at most borders.
  • Outside the big centres there are many dead end roads, making it difficult to do loops
  • Mosquitos are bad in eastern Russia/Siberia until about September.
    • September/October leaves a narrow window to explore such a vast area.
    • Nights are already below zero in October.
    • Headnet, DEET, thick clothing, is required in summer.
    • Ticks are also an issue.
  • April – most dirt roads in eastern Russia are thawing out and quite difficult to travel on.
  • Ports of Entry – Vladivostok
    • Ferry boat crossing to South Korea
    • The starting or ending point of the legendary Trans Siberian Railway
    • Known as the Forbidden City, Vladivostok was closed to westerners until 1993 (NY Times)
  • The main road connecting Vladivostok to Novosibirskvia Khabarovsk, Chita, Ulan Ude, Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk is asphalted
  • Only local residents may travel by land between Russia and Belarus
  • Some will say to be careful of “the highway police who are always on the lookout for foreign vehicles to penalize them for some traffic violation”.

Resources

Russia’s World Ranking 2018

  • Innovation capability: 36th
  • Quality of vocational training: 67th
  • Reliability of police services: 88th
  • Judicial independence: 92nd
  • Life expectancy: 99th
  • Roads quality: 104th
  • Property rights: 112th
  • Freedom of the press: 121st

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