I have it on good authority that “there is Moscow, and then there is Russia.” I can’t confirm that since I only saw a small percentage of Moscow and an infinitesimal percentage of Russia. I can, however, confirm that Moscow and Ulan Ude are, in many respects, like night and day.
I greatly enjoyed the time Vanessa and I spent in Moscow between flights, and am thankful for the help of Victoria who picked us up at the airport and helped us navigate this great city. I especially enjoyed the green spaces. Moscow is filled with parks!
Here is a link to the Moscow “video” on Facebook for those who have access to that medium.