As you already know, Russia and many former Soviet-republics use the cyrillic alphabet. While not very hard to learn, it takes some time getting used to when one travels in these countries.
And since we soon will have to use our cyrillic-reading skills on the field trip, it never hurts to practice them a little:
The russian counterpart to google maps, яндекс карты (yandex maps) covers all the world – with placenames written in cyrillic of course! They even have a street-view function on St.Petersburg and Moscow.
It’s really good practice to just browse your favourite country in this online map and find out how all the names are transcribed into cyrillic. Stockholm becomes Стокгольм, Helsingborg is Хельсингборг and so on.
You will get more fluent in reading the cyrillic alphabet by doing this.