What is it about this place that makes it so intriguing? Is it the climate, the culture, it's most turbulent and provocative history, its wealth, scientific and military prowess, the sometimes spectacular natural environment, its many nefarious and covert secrets, its debased political process, or is it those beautiful and captivating Slavic women? The source of inspiration for many an Ian Fleming novel and even sung about by the Beatles and Sting, these days of course, since perestroika, Russia has gradually and progressively unmasked itself on the World stage. The country now promises an extraordinary experience for those more adventurous souls willing to seize the initiative, and take on a teaching post with a difference. Churchill once referred to Russia as a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, and in many ways this statement still holds some truth today, and therein lies and accentuates its attraction as a destination worthy of consideration. There are international schools scattered throughout the vast country, and a review of the ISR reveals many seem to compare favourably with analogous schools elsewhere. So how many of you have actually taught in the Russian Federation, and would be prepared to share your experiences here on this forum?