In winter, the ice is 1.5 metres thick. Walking on the world’s deepest lake – in pictures

Joanna Lemańska takes a walk – and a drive – on Siberia’s frozen, Lake Baikal

‘I’m walking, skiing and canoeing from the Russian Arctic all the way to Istanbul’

Explorer Charlie Walker is traversing the length of the Ural mountains as part of a triathlon adventure – and a bid to understand the nature of the east-west divide

Europe’s oldest pagans: the deep forest life of Mari people – in pictures

Ikuru Kuwajima photographed the Mari El republic in Russia over the course of a year, learning about everything from witchcraft to paranormal activity

10 top tips from our Moscow correspondent

The Russian capital is full of cultural high points, from galleries and parks to its restaurants, bars and baths. This writer picks the must-sees plus his own favourites

On board the Trans-Siberian Railway for a centenary ride

The world’s longest railway line was completed in 1916. Our writer embarks on the seven-day, 5,772-mile journey from Moscow to Vladivostok in the depths of winter when the snowy landscape is at its most beautiful

What to see in Russia – travel tips

These intrepid travellers take on the enormity of Siberia, remote Lake Baikal, historic St Petersburg, and Moscow’s clubs, experiencing great food, architecture and dodgy bouncers

The insider’s cultural guide to Moscow: Concrete, coding and Soviet ghosts

From space-travelling babushkas to grainy electronic music, the Russian capital has come a long way since the legendary 1991 rock concert that drew an audience 13 times bigger than Glastonbury’s