The Simple Life

PHOTO by Igor Georgievsky

The Russian Beautiful Village Association has announced its latest member to join its prestigious and picturesque ranks: Kinerma, in Russia’s northern Karelian republic. This little village, situated 105 km from regional capital Petrozavodsk and 1,000 km from Moscow, has only five permanent residents. Founded in 2015 to popularize rural tourism, the association previously had just two members: Vyatskoe in the Yaroslavl Region, and Pogost in the Archangelsk Region. A Lenta.Ru correspondent travelled to Kinerma to appreciate this rustic gem first-hand.