Filming in Russia: Cities With Million-Plus Population

Russia is the ninth most populous nation in the world. Roughly 74% of Russia's 146 million residents live in urban areas.

Even though most foreigners only know Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sochi, Russia has over a dozen cities with population of over 1 million. Find out more about Russia’s largest cities here.

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Moscow
Moscow is the political, economic and commercial center of Russia

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Moscow
It’s essentially a hundred of towns with different vibes, locked in a single city

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Moscow

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St.Petersburg
The cultural capital of Russia and Europe's biggest non-capital city. Two centuries as the capital of the Russian Empire have left St. Petersburg with lavish architecture and a large collection of high art, Hermitage museum.

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St.Petersburg
Since it was founded in 1703, the city has been a window to Europe for Russians and a gateway to Russia for foreigners.

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Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk the 3d largest city in Russia. It was founded in the 1890s around the Ob River bridge built for the Trans-Siberian Railway.

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Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk grew rapidly into Siberia’s biggest metropolis, a key industrial and transport centre.

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Yekaterinburg
Since its foundation in 1723, Yekaterinburg was a major industrial center. The main industries are machine-engineering, smelting and metal processing.

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Yekaterinburg
The frame of the American Statue of Liberty is made of metal produced near Yekaterinburg

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Nizhniy Novgorod
It has been a significant trading center since its foundation in 1221. The biggest fairs in Russia were held in Nizhniy Novgorod.

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Nizhniy Novgorod
During Soviet times the city was named Gorky, after the famous writer Maxim Gorky, who was born here.

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Kazan
Kazan is one of the oldest cities in Russia, even older than Moscow. It marked its 1,000th anniversary in 2005.

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Kazan
Kazan is the capital of the Tatarstan Republic, one of Russia’s most developed area. It’s also the capital of the 5-million Tatar nation, many of whom are Muslims.

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Chelyabinsk
One of the most important industrial centers in Russia, Chelyabinsk is located on the border between Siberia and Ural.

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Chelyabinsk
A meteor famously exploded over Chelyabinsk in 2013. The video instantly got viral.

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Omsk
The second largest city in Siberia and the eighth one in Russia. Omsk is a major historical and cultural center of Siberia.

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Omsk

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Samara
It was founded on a hill near Volga’s left bank. Samara is Russia’s major center of space and aviation industry.

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Samara

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Rostov-on-Don
The southern capital of Russia and the administrative, cultural and industrial center of the region. The city is a major transport hub of southern Russia, leading to the Caucasus.

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Rostov-on-Don
The first cossacks settlements appeared in the 15th century near the territory of the modern Rostov-on-Don.

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Ufa
Ufa is the capital of Bashkortostan, the Russian republic named after the Bashkirs, a 1.6-million Turkic nation. Ufa is famous for holding ethnic culture festivals.

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Ufa

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Krasnoyarsk
A city in the heart of Siberia standing on the banks of the powerful river Yenisey. Krasnoyarsk region is the second largest in Russia after Moscow.

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Krasnoyarsk
Krasnoyarsk is Russia’s easternmost million-plus city.

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Perm
One of Europe’s most eastern cities, located near the border between Europe and Asia. Also, an important Russian transport hub.

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Perm
Despite the population and the size of Perm, it was secret during the Soviet times due to the military industry.

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Voronezh
A city in the European part of Russia, located 300 miles south of Moscow. Voronezh is the place where Peter the Great decided to form the Russian Navy.

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Voronezh

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Volgograd
Formerly named Stalingrad, the city became the scene of an epic battle that changed the course of the Second World War. Volgograd had to be rebuilt from scratch, which explains the style and architecture of the city.

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Volgograd

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Moscow
Moscow is the political, economic and commercial center of Russia

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Moscow
It’s essentially a hundred of towns with different vibes, locked in a single city

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Moscow

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St.Petersburg
The cultural capital of Russia and Europe's biggest non-capital city. Two centuries as the capital of the Russian Empire have left St. Petersburg with lavish architecture and a large collection of high art, Hermitage museum.

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St.Petersburg
Since it was founded in 1703, the city has been a window to Europe for Russians and a gateway to Russia for foreigners.

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Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk the 3d largest city in Russia. It was founded in the 1890s around the Ob River bridge built for the Trans-Siberian Railway.

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Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk grew rapidly into Siberia’s biggest metropolis, a key industrial and transport centre.

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Yekaterinburg
Since its foundation in 1723, Yekaterinburg was a major industrial center. The main industries are machine-engineering, smelting and metal processing.

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Yekaterinburg
The frame of the American Statue of Liberty is made of metal produced near Yekaterinburg

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Nizhniy Novgorod
It has been a significant trading center since its foundation in 1221. The biggest fairs in Russia were held in Nizhniy Novgorod.

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Nizhniy Novgorod
During Soviet times the city was named Gorky, after the famous writer Maxim Gorky, who was born here.

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Kazan
Kazan is one of the oldest cities in Russia, even older than Moscow. It marked its 1,000th anniversary in 2005.

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Kazan
Kazan is the capital of the Tatarstan Republic, one of Russia’s most developed area. It’s also the capital of the 5-million Tatar nation, many of whom are Muslims.

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Chelyabinsk
One of the most important industrial centers in Russia, Chelyabinsk is located on the border between Siberia and Ural.

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Chelyabinsk
A meteor famously exploded over Chelyabinsk in 2013. The video instantly got viral.

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Omsk
The second largest city in Siberia and the eighth one in Russia. Omsk is a major historical and cultural center of Siberia.

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Omsk

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Samara
It was founded on a hill near Volga’s left bank. Samara is Russia’s major center of space and aviation industry.

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Samara

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Rostov-on-Don
The southern capital of Russia and the administrative, cultural and industrial center of the region. The city is a major transport hub of southern Russia, leading to the Caucasus.

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Rostov-on-Don
The first cossacks settlements appeared in the 15th century near the territory of the modern Rostov-on-Don.

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Ufa
Ufa is the capital of Bashkortostan, the Russian republic named after the Bashkirs, a 1.6-million Turkic nation. Ufa is famous for holding ethnic culture festivals.

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Ufa

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Krasnoyarsk
A city in the heart of Siberia standing on the banks of the powerful river Yenisey. Krasnoyarsk region is the second largest in Russia after Moscow.

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Krasnoyarsk
Krasnoyarsk is Russia’s easternmost million-plus city.

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Perm
One of Europe’s most eastern cities, located near the border between Europe and Asia. Also, an important Russian transport hub.

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Perm
Despite the population and the size of Perm, it was secret during the Soviet times due to the military industry.

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Voronezh
A city in the European part of Russia, located 300 miles south of Moscow. Voronezh is the place where Peter the Great decided to form the Russian Navy.

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Voronezh

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Volgograd
Formerly named Stalingrad, the city became the scene of an epic battle that changed the course of the Second World War. Volgograd had to be rebuilt from scratch, which explains the style and architecture of the city.

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Volgograd