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Filming in Russia

The sheer size of Russia can seem daunting, particularly from an international perspective, but there are plenty of well-trained production and production service companies within the country that can help you make sense of it.

While Russia is currently without a national film commission, an official FC was recently established in Moscow, allowing you to make the most of Russia's iconic capital.

Among the country's recent high-profile productions are Oliver Stone's Snowden and the miniseries adaptation of War & Peace, shot in Moscow and St. Petersburg respectively.

The lack of a dedicated film incentive is sure to send some producers elsewhere but with regards to the amount of location variety at hand, Russia has the competition beat. In a single journey you'll come across snow-tipped mountains, forest plains and bold Soviet architecture.

Siberia was chosen for various reasons. Although the winter climate and snowfall makes running trains undeniably tough in both Alaska and Siberia, in Russia we could travel to the northernmost point in the world reachable by train.”

Alyona Pimanova, Munro Productions


The Russian Federation is a vast country spanning nine time zones so it naturally experiences a huge range of weather conditions.

Its climate is mainly continental, but with arctic conditions in the north. The further east you go the more severe the conditions become. Siberia has long and bitterly cold winters, and has recorded an astonishing low of -71C.

The south has hot summers, high rainfall and cold winters. Spring and autumn are mild and dry.

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