10 of the best Moscow restaurants – chosen by the experts

For a taste of modern (and old Soviet) Russia, World Cup visitors should try these restaurants, markets, cafes and canteens, offering new twists on traditional Slavic cuisine – at affordable prices

St Petersburg: city of revolution turns itself around – again

This year all eyes have been on what happened in Russia’s cultural capital 100 years ago, but we ask local artists and musicians for the lowdown on its best 21st-century clubs and arts venues

You wait ages for a Rem Koolhaas-designed contemporary art space, then two come along at once

Dasha Zhukova’s new Moscow museum used to be a Soviet-era canteen, while Milan’s Fondazione Prada is a converted distillery.

Celebrate the Moscow metro’s 80th birthday with a journey through the city’s history – in pictures

When it opened on 15 May 1935, the Moscow metro was a subterranean Communist paradise: its chandeliers, marble, intricate mosaics and heroic statues created an opulent space that was accessible for the city’s workers. Eighty years on, it transports up to nine million people a day, with expansion plans set to make it the world’s fourth largest subway system by 2020

Daily Life in St Petersburg, Russia – Pictures

A picture collection of images of St Petersburg, Russia, away from the tourist trail.