Author: Greg Tracey

Guide to Russian Coffee Shops

Coffee culture has come to Russia relatively recently – within the last few years – but has exploded within that time. Although there are now many chains and independent shops dotting Russian cities, covering kiosks, to-go windows, and sit-down shops, there are few chains that have managed to become truly “Russian” in that they were […]

Guide to Russian Supermarkets

Russian supermarkets have been a great success story of the post-Soviet economy. Several large chains and holding companies have been built and, most importantly, Russian supermarkets have built up the supply chains to provide Russians with an ever-increasing diversity of produce and other groceries. The following short introductions to some of the largest chains of […]

World Class: Russian Gym Chain

All across the world, people enjoy exercise, whether for leisure or health. This is no different in Russia, where fitness centers are a hot commodity at the moment—the fitness market grew 20% in 2018. World Class is a broadly-known Russian chain that provides an upscale experience, with memberships that can set members back a cool […]

Sport Land: Russian Gym Chain

Sport Land (Russian: Спорт Лэнд) is Russia’s ninth largest fitness club brand with 13 locations focused around the Moscow area. The fitness market in Russia is a growing and important part of Russia’s economy. In 2016 the sector grew by 3.6% to 101.5 billion rubles, despite the economy still recovering from the effects of the […]

Russian Brands: Shopping for Russian Groceries in Russia

Heading abroad means meeting new people, discovering new ideas, and encountering a lot of new brands. What Russian brands are you likely to find in a Russian grocery store? For Americans studying abroad in Russia, this may be one of your only times to try these delicacies – as they are often only available at […]

Yandex / Яндекс

Yandex (Russian: Яндекс) is often known as “Russia’s Google.” However, while it started as a mere search engine, it has expanded into much more than that. Arkadiy Volozh founded the company in 1999. At the time, he paid thousands of dollars for a four gigabyte (4 GB) hard drive to start the company’s public operations. […]

Planeta Fitness: Russian Gym Chain

Planeta Fitness (Russian: Планета Фитнес) is a mid-range Russian fitness center chain. It is also Russia’s second largest with 35 locations in the country. The fitness market in Russia is a growing and important part Russia’s economy. In 2016 the sector grew by 3.6% to 101.5 billion rubles, despite the economy still recovering from the […]