FIFA World Cup 2018 is the biggest sporting event on earth and is due to take place in Russia next summer. And uniquely, without the usual red tape.
The name Moscow is used synonymous with the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin, but Moscow is so much more than a political city and has plenty to offer visitors.
Grandiose yet contemporary, Lotte Hotel in Moscow hits the spot for luxury travel. It offers first-rate service in exceptionally comfortable surroundings.
Four Seasons Lion Place is a beautifully restored palace in the heart of St Petersburg and offers the opportunity to get a taste of the regal lifestyle.
It's worth checking out Hotel Baltschug Kempinski, a historic hotel in Moscow with rooms overlooking St Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square.
Sophie Ibbotson describes the rooftop views of The Ritz Carlton across Moscow's Red Square and the Kremlin.