While parts of Russia are not recommended for travellers due to their political instability, the places you can visit won’t disappoint. It’s important to remember that corruption does still exist, but get past it and you’ll be more than rewarded by this huge and varied nation. Moscow is still where most people arrive if flying in, but regional airports in Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk are gaining popularity, particularly if you want to see something a bit different to Moscow’s colourful, onion-domed buildings and urban St Petersburg’s creative, alternative hub. Moscow is the place to see “New Russia”, with its modern facilities and postcard scenes. There are around 90 districts within the Russian Federation, although some are internationally disputed. Good transport links make travelling to them quite easy, so there’s no reason not to try a cruise along the River Volga, or see “Old Russia” by the Caspian Sea. At the eastern reaches, secretive Siberia offers a stunning natural landscape, while Irkutsk still looks like a historic, imperial city.