Our objective was to see as many Russian republics, oblasts, krais and other entities as possible ... driving by car ... all the way from Murmansk (Arctic Ocean) to Machackala (Caspian Sea) to Magadan (Pacific Ocean).
The total distance driven within Russia was almost 20.000km.
Finished segments: (please click)
..... Northern Caucasus (previous trip)
..... Chechnya and Dagestan (previous trip)
..... Stalingrad and Astrakhan (previous trip)
The quality of life in Russia is pretty good these days:
excellent roads, hotels, food and nightlife even in some remote places (but not always).
Beautiful girls. Relatively friendly police. Hardly any tourists.
The feeling of freedom is much higher than - for example - in the US.
( P.S.: bringing lots of Rubles and a little Russian will help ! )
Excellent website by Russian tour guide and former paratrooper Mikhail Rybochkin: Roadtrips Across Russia.
With Mikhail Rybochkin and the world's most traveled man, Charles Veley, at Lake Kezenoy on the mountain border between Dagestan and Chechnya (2014). (Foto: Michael Runkel)
A 12-year-old Mercedes ML 320 modified by us with anti-tank armouring and stealth-button ...
sorry for smiling about other traveller's pre-trip-preparations ...
actually we didn't even test-drive it before the < € 5.000 purchase ;-)
Stone Marker at the Kremlin in Moscow
Monument in the Urals
Overview of the federal subjects of Russia:
Overview of highways in Russia:
Overview of Kolyma Highway and "Road of Bones":
Sections 1 - 6 is the new all-year maintained Kolyma Highway M56
Section 7 is the unmaintained classic core part of the "Road of Bones", passing the "Pole of Cold" at Oymyakon / Tomtor
Overview of railways in Russia:
Overview of airports in Russia:
Source: Our Airports
List of Russia's busiest airports: Wikipedia
Overview of hotels in Russia:
Overview of Russia, including major rivers
Foto of Wall Map inside Magadan Sokol Airport
Siberian River Routes & European Watersheds (Source: Wikipedia)
For the advanced Russia traveler there is value in studying the old trans-continental portages ("volok"), waterways and watersheds, like the Valdai Hills Watershed (Volga -> Caspian, Dniepr -> Black, Western Dvina -> Baltic Sea), Gnezdovo, Cherdyn Route, the Babinov Road, the Pechora-Kama Canal, the Khazarian Way, or the Grand Siberian Route.
Our car finally in Magadan: