Much has been written about the Russian Soul and what the essence of being Russian truly means. It is, as Dostoyevsky wrote in A Writer's Diary, 'Unspoken, unconscious, and can only be felt' and is what sets Russia apart from the West. Apart from spirituality, Russia has always expressed her soul through the arts. From Gogol, to Chekhov, Tolstoy, Pasternak and Dostoyevsky, literature has always expressed the inner life of the nation. The authors are renowned globally, even if you have never read any of their literature. So, what does the Russian Soul really mean to a visitor? Despite what you may think, Russians are warm, sentimental, and have a wonderful sense of living in the present, and you will be assured a warm welcome.