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While Russia has found its way into the news a lot lately, it seems the old adage still rings true: There’s no such thing as bad press.

Travel Weekly recently reported that tour operators in the US are noticing an upswing in demand for travel to Russia by American travelers. And while there may be many reasons for the sudden renewed interest in visiting — whether due to recent news stories about the country, a strong US dollar or a natural increase following reduced travel to the region after political struggles developed with Ukraine back in March of 2014 — it’s seems Americans are once again ready and willing to explore this complicated nation.

MIR Corp. — a Seattle-based tour company that specializes in tours to Russia, Europe and Asia — has already seen passenger counts nearly double since the same time last year, while Intrepid Travel says bookings for its Trans-Siberian Railway tour have doubled compared to its 2016 trips, citing a 7% increase in travel to the country overall. Viking River Cruises recently added an extra ship to its fleet in order to keep up with demand for Russia sailings, which Viking’s senior VP of marketing Richard Marnell told Travel Weekly are already starting to sell out.

While it may seem like an odd time to travel to Russia, it seems American tourists are still interested in seeing what Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities have to offer.

What do you think? Would you plan a trip to Russia this year? Sound off, below.

H/T: Travel Weekly

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