Russia

Cities in Russia

MoskvaSt. PetersburgVoronezh - Voronezh Region

Name: Rossiya · Russland · Russie · Rusia
Location: East Europe and Northern Asia
Initials: RUS
International country code: 7 (omit 8 from area code)
International access code: 8 (wait for tone) 10
Language: Russian
Area: 17,075,400 kmē / 6,592,812 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Ruble (RUR) = 100 Kopeks
Population: 143,533,000
Capital: Moskva (Moscow)
Religions: 70% Russian Orthodox, 14% Muslims
Climate: Winters are cold, especially in the north east where there often severe snow falls. Summers are mild, although June and July can be extremely hot.
Important gay cities: Moskva, St. Petersburg

The sauna culture in Russia came from Finland many years ago and is still appreciated as an important form of relaxation. The gay sauna scene in Russia is somewhat limited as gay life is generally hidden. The saunas are often difficult to find. There are a few saunas in St. Petersburg and Moscow. The most modern being the Voda in Moscow, which meets all European expectations. Bring your own condoms and lube when visiting saunas in Russia. The acceptance same-sex partnerships in Russian society is very limited. The federal law against "Propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" came into force on the 30th June 2013. The law also applies to foreigners caught spreading information, partaking in public demonstrations and supporting homosexuality with fines of up to 100,000 Rubles (around 2,300 Euros), up to 15 days in prison and expulsion from the Russian Federation. Recent incidents have taken place with violence by private individuals, in which attacks on homosexuals and same-sex couples have been reported. For more violent attacks, in particular for public show mutual affection cannot be excluded.

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