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Times Higher Education 2020 World Ranking of
Universities Includes Nearly 1,400 Universities In 92 Countries, Which Is the Largest and Most Diverse Ranking of Universities Today.

The table is based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure the institution's performance in teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international perspectives.

The only university ranking that has been independently verified by Price Water House Coopers, a professional services company and trusted by students, faculty, government officials, and industry experts around the world, this year's league table provides an excellent overview of the changing balance of power in global higher education.

# RANK

UNIVERSITY

LOCATION

STARS

1

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Moscow

2

Novosibirsk State University

Novosibirsk

4

Saint Petersburg State University

Saint Petersburg

11

Tomsk State University

Tomsk

13

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT / Moscow Phystech)

Moscow

20

Bauman Moscow State Technical University

Moscow

23

National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute)

Moscow

25

HSE University (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

Moscow

33

Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University)

Moscow

36

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University

Saint Petersburg

40

National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University

Tomsk

46

Kazan (Volga region) Federal University

Kazan

48

Ural Federal University - UrFU

Yekaterinburg

57

The National University of Science and Technology MISIS

Moscow

65

Lobachevsky University

Nizhny Novgorod

66

ITMO University

Saint Petersburg

67

RUDN University

Moscow

73

Novosibirsk State Technical University

Novosibirsk

75

Southern Federal University

Rostov-on-Don

83

Plekhanov Russian University of Economics

Moscow

89

Far Eastern Federal University

Vladivostok

95

Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

Moscow

99

Samara National Research University (Samara University)

Samara

113

National Research Saratov State University

Saratov

115

Altai State University

Altai

117

Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University)

Moscow

119

Voronezh State University

Voronezh

124

Siberian Federal University, SibFU

Krasnoyarsk

125

Saint-Petersburg Mining University

Saint Petersburg

130

Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University ETU-LETI

Saint Petersburg

132

South Ural State University (National Research University)

Chelyabinsk

132

Tomsk State Pedagogical University

Tomsk

134

Moscow State Linguistic University

Moscow

135

Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology

Moscow

136

National Research University Moscow Power Engineering Institute (MPEI)

Moscow

139

Perm State National Research University

Perm

144

Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics

Tomsk

149

Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University

Kaliningrad

151-160

Financial University under the Government of the

Moscow

151-160

Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas (National Research University)

Moscow

151-160

Irkutsk State University

Irkutsk

151-160

Kazan National Research Technical University named after A.N.Tupolev-KAI

Kazan

151-160

Ogarev Mordovia State University

Saransk

161-170

The National Research University "Belgorod State University"

Belgorod

161-170

National Research University of Electronic Technology "MIET"

Moscow

161-170

Russian State University for the Humanities

Moscow

161-170

Tambov State Technical University

Tambov

171-180

MOSCOW TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATICS

Moscow

171-180

SAMARA STATE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Samara

181-190

Kazan National Research Technological University

Kazan

 


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    The sight of the unassailable beauty of Putorana Plateau, located in the north-west of the Krasnoyarsk region, is breathtaking. Here the mountains do not have peaks, and the canyons seem bottomless. The lakes are hundreds of kilometers long, and the rivers are torn from the rocks, forming the highest waterfalls in Russia.

    There are no typical landscapes for Russia on Putorana Plateau. The fairy-tale nature of this place pushes us to reflect on ancient creatures, originating from Slavic myths and fairy tales. If Peter Jackson saw this place in preparation for the shooting of The Lord of the Rings, New Zealand would have to try very hard to stay in the place of the favorite.

    Putorana Plateau is an ideal place for creative people. Its pristine atmosphere promotes a deep perception of the world, fresh air and virgin nature fill you with energy – both physical and mental.

    If you want to show your girlfriend that Russia is not only Moscow and St. Petersburg, go pack your bags, buy a ticket and go to Putorana Plateau.

    A Brief Tour to the History of Putorana Plateau

    In the epic of the northern peoples, many legends connected with the Putorana Plateau have been preserved. Residents of the tundra, Nenets, Dolgana and Nganasane often called Putorana a land of eternal darkness and death, and without extreme need, very rarely came here.

    And only the Evencs actively developed almost the whole area of ​​the plateau. They are the keepers of the secrets of Putorana Plateau for the last centuries. And there are many secrets here.

    In our time, only the ruined remains of camps and rare solitary idols in the central part of Putorana remind of this development. But it’s worth closing your eyes and turning on the imagination, as before you appear images of ancient hunters, with a keen eye that scatters hardly moving shadows – either animals or demons…

    The plateau was once actively adopted by more ancient civilizations. This is evidenced by numerous finds, information about which sometimes becomes public. There are stone masonry, remains of colonnades, processed megalithic blocks, remains of statues, man-made caves and much more. And the pyramids, of course.

    The ruins of ancient buildings and other traces of ancient civilizations come across not only in valleys of the plateau. There are a lot of them on its flat tops, which stretch out over vast spaces.

    This is a great place for those travelers who know that a meeting with the Antiquity is the same as a trip on a time machine.

    Journey to the Putorana Plateau

    You will find yourself in one of the most amazing places in Russia. There are no transport routes, so most of the plateau is still almost inaccessible to tourists. Taiga, wild animals and only a satellite connection with civilization – traveling here alone is almost impossible.

    You will go on the boat to one of the tourist bases (for example, to Bunisyak, whose owner is recognized by Nganasan and part of the Taimyr dolgan as a Russian white shaman). Together with professional huntsmen, you will each day make radial exits to the most picturesque and mysterious places.

    Each such sortie is breathtaking and memorable for years. Standing in full gear, in the company of local pathfinders and hunters, you will feel what the authors of fantasy recognize as the Call of Adventure.

    And if there is a true beauty with you, who shyly hugs your mighty body, the anticipation of an exciting adventure will increase hundredfold. Older men, younger women is all you need for a great vacation on the Putorana Plateau!

    On the way you will see the transition from the valley forest-tundra in the floodplain of the Norilka River to the northern taiga in the heart of Putorana Plateau. At the end, the landscape changes dramatically: Lama Lake is surrounded by inaccessible mountains 1000-1200 meters in height, cut by small canyons and cascades of waterfalls.

    On a motor boat, accompanied by rangers, you will go to a place where steep cliffs of 12-15 meters height vertically go to the lake to a depth of 20-25 meters. On the walls runs a lot of streams, so it seems that the rocks are crying. The largest streams form waterfalls, breaking straight into the lake. In sunny weather, there is a bright rainbow in the splashing water spray, to which you can drive up very close.

    You will climb to the place where shaman mysteries once occurred, and you will reach the 25-meter waterfall and a viewing platform with a panoramic view of Lake Lama.

    Kazan is a city with a population of more than 1.2 million people, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, and a large port on the left bank of the Volga River located about 800 km east of Moscow.

    The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Russia. From June 16 to July 6, 2018, 6 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be played here. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

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    More and more travelers from across the globe pack their bags and head to the world’s largest country for the winter holidays. Why might you ask? To get a piece of Russia’s one-of-a-kind overwhelming winter spirit!

    There’s more to do in winter Russia than just eating pierogi and going shapka-ushanka shopping, so book Russian rail tickets ahead of time and use this handy list of entertaining Russian winter activities to make your trip even more unforgettable!

    It’s no surprise that Moscow‘s famous Red Square is on the top of the must-do list. What you probably didn’t know is that during the holiday season this central beauty is also home to the annual open-air ice-rink. Traditionally it is available from the end of November until the end of February and you can go skating from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. It costs around 10 USD for 1-hour of skating, plus skates are available for rent.

    Swish away to the beat of retro Soviet songs and holiday melodies in the surroundings of the St. Basil’s Cathedral, the illuminated GUM department store, the beautifully decorated Christmas tree and, of course, the attributes of the Winter Market.

    Going Vodka Tasting

    A great and fun way to deal with Russia’s chilly winter weather is to go Vodka tasting. No matter which city you choose for your winter getaway to Russia, many places will offer special menus or even tours to taste different types of this Russian national spirit drink.

    In St. Petersburg, for instance, the popular Russian Vodka Room No. 1, as well as the Vodka Museum, offer to try high-quality vodka produced in different regions of the country. Certainly, you’ll be treated to traditional Russian snacks too. Bottoms up!

    Traditional Troika Ride

    A ride on the traditional Russian Troika sleigh with three horses is definitely a winter experience to remember! Enjoy the views of the Russian countryside as you dash as quick as the wind on an adorned three-horse carriage past the snowy landscape.

    Such an activity is available in many places across Russia, such as in Central Moscow Hippodrome, St. Petersburg’s Pavlovskiy Park or several places on the outskirts of Ekaterinburg. The duration of the ride is from 15 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your preferences.

    Those dreaming to see the world’s deepest freshwater lake, Lake Baikal, may be in for a surprise as this body of water freezes entirely during winter, making it an even more unusual place to visit. The phenomenally beautiful lake becomes covered with a meter-thick sheet of crystal clear ice and it is even possible to see through it underwater.

    Depending on the temperature many enthusiasts even use the lake top as a freeway and ride on it on 4×4 jeeps, snowmobiles, and cars! For a more relaxed pastime, going sledding or winter ice-fishing are other popular winter leisure option on Baikal. The best way to travel to Siberia is doubtlessly on trains, so getting Russian train tickets ahead of time is advisable.

    Visiting a traditional Russian banya bathhouse is both an interesting experience and a way to sit back and relax. Not only will you unwind and feel entertained, but you will surely get a better insight into Russian culture. The banya ritual goes centuries back and includes staying in a hot dry steam room with wooden benches and flapping one another with besoms made of natural birch tree branches and leaves.

    After the procedure, the braver ones topple over a bucket of cold water on themselves or even dive into a pool of cool water (or into a nearby pile of snow)! This isn’t obligatory, of course, but is one bit of a comical sight to watch. There are many banyas in all towns across Russia so you can surely visit one during your trip.

    Have a Russian Tea Party

    Russian tea drinking traditions have long become a popular image of the country with the samovar kettle as the table’s centerpiece, sweets and ring-shaped cracknels. During your journey, you may take a break from sightseeing in a cafe and have some classic tea.

    In Moscow, for instance, try going to Cafe Pushkin or the Lucien Restaurant for a pleasant experience. If you’re traveling to Kazan, try going to the Museum of Chak-Chak where you can taste the traditional Tatar sweets and have tea from a samovar too.



    S-189 is a submarine of Project 613 moored at Lieutenant Schmidt Embankment in St. Petersburg and converted into a museum.

    Project 613 submarines (according to NATO classification: “Whiskey”) are Soviet medium-sized diesel-electric submarines built in 1951-1957. This series became the most massive in the Soviet submarine fleet (215 submarines). Photos by: deletant.

    The conning tower of S-189.

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    The diesel compartment.

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    Myths about Russia

    As with any country, there are many myths about Russia. Bears are walking the streets and people have smoking nuclear reactors as centerpieces in their apartments. The thing about nuclear reactors is of course an exaggerations. But we can't say the same about bears. Which stories about Russian are true, and which are fale? Let's try to sort it out.

    Tourist's Wallet Guide

    Everything a tourist should know for an interesting and pleasant journey to Russia. Easy to download to your mobile phone/tablet or print it out.

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