As I am visiting Moscow and I have in front of me almost a week, it is good idea to combine the visit with a research about the popularity of the mandolin in Russia. Domra is more popular here in Russia compared to mandolin. Nevertheless, there are some mandolin artists that are worth mentioning.
Elena Zabavskaya and Ekaterina Mochalova is an example. These young ladies are doing a great work, an example of which you can see below. During this week I will continue my research and update this article with more, so stay tuned!
22/5/2014: My research is progressing. More information is expected soon.