Although Russia's protected area network is not often talked about, Russia has a very sophisticated and well developed system for nature protection. From natural monuments, national parks, nature sanctuaries, and strict nature reserves, Russia has more than 200 million hectares of protected area. In the Krasnodar and Western Caucasus region of the Southern District of the Russian Federation, many of these protected area sites are experiencing large increases in tourism and unexpected commercial pressures on their parks. In hopes of avoiding problems related to carrying capacity, encroachment, and unsustainable park-uses, more efforts are being dedicated to expanding environmental education and responsible ecotourism development in the country. Contributing to this effort, Rewild Tourism traveled to Russia and interviewed researchers and park managers in order to learn about strengths, weaknesses, and threats of ecotourism development in the parks. The outcomes of this research are helping to facilitate the transfer of US best practices related to local community involvement in ecotourism, fostering co-management, and promoting a dialogue between general public and local communities at ecotourism destinations to increase engagement in proper conservation of biologically diverse areas.