Not really. I was in Moscow in 2004, and the city itself is amazing and beautiful, but when we drove out for some bbq in the woods... Man, its a different world. Just a few minutes from moscow you start seeing old ladies selling flowers by the dirt roads and shacks along them.
Just to be clear that, despite my comments on recent threads involving Russia, I have no beef with Russia or Russians in general. I was best man to my friend as he married one! I just don’t trust Putin. Not that I entirely trust Berezovsky or moreover Zakayev, the two that seem to be attracting a lot of this trouble, either.