Summary: If you want to understand Russia, you have to leave Moscow and St. Petersburg behind and visit the towns and villages of the heartland. And it would be hard to find a better place to start than Ryazan. An added plus: it is just 200 km from Moscow.
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Ryazan Overview Some nice info and a good encyclopedic type overview of the city and region from Kommersant.