A Russian war veteran dances during Victory Day celebrations in the far eastern city of Vladivostok

Lost in Vladivostok

At the unfashionable end of the Trans-Siberian railway line, Louise Southerden loses all sense of direction.

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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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By boat ... Zodiac cruising near Bukhta Russkaya.

Wild on the peninsula

Among the oversized bears and birds of Kamchatka, Louise Southerden hears stories of war and adventure.

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In step with visa rules in St Petersburg

We are booked on a cruise and one of the ports of call is St Petersburg, Russia. We have Australian passports and have been unofficially told that if we take the ship's organised shore tours, no visa is required.

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Landing on the Zhupanova River, Kamatchka, Russia. Photograph by Louise Southerden.

Express to the abyss

Louise Southerden skirts bubbling lakes and gushing geysers in a region once strictly out of bounds.

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