No, I have never visited Russia. However, if I did, I imagine there would be a lot of big fur hats worn during the winter. When the temperature in DC dipped into the low 20s and it started to snow, I grabbed this faux fur version to warm my noggin. A statement head piece like this one is worth keeping on all day, even after you have left the blustery and freezing weather for the warmer indoors. I felt cozy all day and who doesn’t love that feeling?!