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Top 10 Most Beautiful Russian Villages

"The Most Beautiful Villages" is an international tourist brand that first appeared in France in 1982, later developing into an international federation as "The Most Beautiful Villages of the Earth," including about 20 national associations. The Russian Association was established in 2014.

Earlier this week, the Karelian village of Kinerma, which was named Russia’s most beautiful village in 2016, actually asked officials to hide road signs with the town's name, complaining that too many tourists were flooding in.

For readers who might also like to escape the big city for some small-town quiet, The Moscow Times reviews the ten most beautiful village destinations across Russia.