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Bolshoi: A history of ballet, opera and the arts

The Bolshoi Theatre has long been regarded as the pinnacle of Russia’s artistic prowess and is known throughout the world as one of the best places to see ballet and opera. Today, we will uncover the history of this magnificent theatre from its early days under royal patronage, to decline, and eventual recovery, as well as look at some of the best ballet stars to ever step foot on the stage.


The heart of the Russian Federation, Moscow is the capital and largest city in Russia with over 12 million inhabitants – over double the size of St Petersburg and almost a third larger than the total population of New York. This huge cosmopolitan city is a testament to the spirit of its people, enduring brutal civil wars, schisms and invasion from some of the largest empires in the world from the Mongols to armies of Napoleon.

The final part of our 6-part city-break series will take you through a 48-hour journey of the Russian Capital, Moscow. Exploring top attractions such as the Kremlin and Red Square and taking in the city’s spectacular cultural heritage.

As we start to run out of our most popular series, it may be time to look beneath the most popular list, and for those interested in all things Russian, what better way to reignite your passion for Russia than to take advantage of some of the best Russian films our subscription services have to offer?

Here are our top 5 recommended Russian movies to watch during the lockdown.

We are all about personal experiences from the places you visit to the people you meet along the way, and what better way to help with this than to introduce some of the people that work to make your trip as great as it possibly can be. Today we spoke to Real Russia’s Content and Marketing Executive, Alex Locker, to find out what inspires him to travel.