Getting to Know Russia

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Russia – A country with world-class culture

Russia’s culture is one of the first things people associate with the country, and what Russians themselves are deeply proud of. Russia has produced some of the world’s greatest writers, poets, composers, artists and musicians of all time. The productions and works by Lev Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Dostoyevski, Nicholas Roerich, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Boris Pasternak, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Eisenstein and Mstislav Rostropovich are famous the world over. Literature, ballet, classical music, architecture, painting, theatre, cinema – in all areas Russian culture has earned the love and admiration of so many. Every large city in Russia today is a cultural hub in its own right with art exhibitions, festivals, concerts, shows, performances and other recreational activities. There’s always something going on and never a moment for boredom.

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Russia – A country for sport enthusiasts

According to recent statistics, about 60 percent of the population and 71 percent of all students in Russia actively play sports. There are some 70,000 gyms and fitness centres, 140,000 playing fields and 4,800 swimming pools available to sport enthusiasts in Russia.

Russian universities normally operate their own sports facilities and offer students and staff a broad range of athletic activities.

In recent years Russia has hosted world-class sporting events, such as the Olympic Winter Games and the Formula 1 in Sochi in 2014, the Summer Universiade in 2013 and the World Swimming Championships in Kazan in 2015. Russia is already preparing to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 and the Winter Universiade in 2019.

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Famous sights in Russia

The Bolshoi Theatre, the Tretyakov State Gallery, the Pushkin Museum, the Hermitage and St. Isaac’s Cathedral are world-famous sights of Russian culture which attract millions of tourists each year. And these are just a few of the cultural treasures Russia has to offer. Twenty-six cultural landmarks in Russia are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In addition to Red Square and the iconic Kremlin, these include the historic monuments of Novgorod, the white monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal, the ensemble of the Trinity Sergius Lavra, Lake Baikal, the Golden Mountains of Altai and many other cultural and natural landmarks. Numerous universities organise excursions to these sites for their students. The choices are practically endless: from the Golden Ring of eight ancient Russian cities to a trip to the Far Eastern corner of the country with the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway.

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