Starter Question:Volcanoes might not be what you think of first when you think of Russian geography. Then again, it all depends on your perspective. On where you are. On where your definition of "Russia" begins.
Try reimagining Russian geography: instead of starting with Moscow and its fields and forests, place your mind's eye on the frigid coast of the North Pacific. Place yourself in Kamchatka (and if you need help with that, try exploring this set of 12 maps). Try thinking of Russia as a volcanic territory. The playground of arctic foxes and reindeer, shaped by ice flows and lava and tremors. Then, and only then, start moving westward.