For international architecture critics, Russia is unmapped territory. Contemporary architecture in Moscow, St Petersburg and regional Russia, however, is well worth exploring in depth. This book presents more than fifty projects and designs illustrating that Russian architecture has thrown off the yoke of the Soviet past and is striking out on new paths. Based on their extensive inside knowledge of the Russian architectural scene, the two authors have assembled a personal choice of striking, unusual or typical buildings in five chapters ranging from International Style in Russia, to Russian Roots, Regional Russia, Post-Soviet Modernism and Russian Nostalgia. Two introductory essays discuss Russian architecture since 1995 in the international context.