In this humorous and thought-provoking book, Orth ventures through that vast and mysterious land to uncover the real, unfiltered Russia not seen in today's headlines- authentic, bizarre, dangerous, and beautiful. Sidestepping the well-trod tourist path by staying with an eclectic array of hosts, he bumps into gun nuts, internet conspiracy theorists, faux shamans, and Putin fans; learns to drive in death-defying Russian style; and discovers how to cure hangovers by sniffing rye bread. But he also sees a darker side of the country, witnessing firsthand the effects of Putin's influence in the run-up to the American election and the power of propaganda in this 'post-fact' era. Orth, Stephan, 1979- -- Travel -- Russia (Federation). | Travel writing -- Russia (Federation). | Russia (Federation) -- Description and travel. | Russia (Federation) -- Social life and customs -- 21st century. | Russia (Federation) -- Politics and government -- 21st century.