Here are some very good news for mappers in Russia.
Today, at the last day of "Earth from the Space" forum, which was held in Moscow, the Scanex (scanex.ru) granted OpenStreetMap access to their IRS satellite imagery layer. IRS spans almost entire Russia and also touches Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Its resolution is 6 m per pixel, which allows mappers to see any paved road and even some tracks, streets in small villages, and precise boundaries of woods and lakes.
There is no official WMS yet. There is going to be one in future, either Scanex will provide a JOSM plugin to access their tiles directly. However, we have written tiny WMS-gates to Scanex, that can be used by mappers right now: