Has your opin­ion of Rus­sia now changed?

With con­cerns pre-tour­na­ment of vi­o­lence and op­pres­sion, the FIFA World Cup in Rus­sia ran smoother than ex­pected. So, are you now more likely to pay it a visit?

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YES

Tom Bourlet, Wan­der­lust reader “I was quick to judge Rus­sia based on me­dia re­ports and travel warn­ings. How­ever, fol­low­ing the un­be­liev­able re­cep­tion at the 2018 World Cup and the warm treat­ment by lo­cal Rus­sians, who were proud to wel­come tourists, it in­evitably sneaked onto my radar as a po­ten­tial des­ti­na­tion. With shots of the Krem­lin, Lake Baikal and St Peters­burg shown through­out the tour­na­ment, we got to see a beau­ti­ful and mys­ti­cal side to this coun­try. It is now firmly on my bucket list.”

NO

Lucy Smith, Wan­der­lust reader “I’ve vis­ited Rus­sia pre­vi­ously, so I knew what the coun­try had to of­fer and my pos­i­tive opin­ion hasn’t changed. When my friends and I vis­ited Moscow for a girls’ week­end, we never thought the trip would be so top­i­cal eight years later. Hav­ing watched the World Cup, it brought back bril­liant mem­o­ries and, if any­thing, I ac­tu­ally feel even more in­spired to re­turn to this ma­jes­tic and im­pos­ing city. I loved its fairy­tale ar­chi­tec­ture, green spa­ces and lively nightlife – a must-visit city in my opin­ion.”

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