In some places, like Scandinavia, you can camp pretty much anywhere you like as long as it's only for one night and you don't leave a mess.

The freedom to roam, or everyman's right is the general public's right to access certain public or privately owned land for recreation and exercise. The right is sometimes called the right of public access to the wilderness or the right to roam.

From Wikipedia - Freedom to roam

Is this also the case in Russia?

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As far as I know (living in Latvia, used to be a part of USSR), it is not completely legal. The owners can call the police, but it usually doesn't go that far.

If you try to camp in a field or near a private lake, try to talk to somebody, if a home is in sight. If not, people in these parts are quite forthcoming and I've yet to get more than a grumpy "Just pick up after yourself."

A NOTE OF WARNING! Making fire pits is a whole another matter. Doing that on a private property without permission might very well land you in jail, or in other kind of trouble.

In short: Yes, but that doesn't stop decent people still doing it and living to tell the tale.

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