A due-diligence check on a Russian entrepreneur requires a quick trip to Moscow in Annie Hauxwell's A Morbid Habit.

Food file: Moscow

Ute Junker finds there's much more on the menu than cabbage, potato, bread and fish.

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Old Russia ... (from left) the Viking Surkov passes the wooden buildings of Kizhi Island

Slow boat in Russia

Margaret Turton watches the passage of history on a Stalin-inspired canal from St Petersburg to Moscow.

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PETER TCHAIKOVSKY,World renowned Russian Composer.

At home with Tchaikovsky

With a song in his heart, Scott Bevan visits the spot where the Russian composer's final works were penned.

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First-class carriage ... the ship's main dining room.

Baltic laid bare

A boutique ship gets Harriet Upjohn to the heart of the action, be it in cultural capitals or surprise beach resorts.

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