I like to use this book with my students. It is written by a person who has been teaching Russian As a Foreign Language (РКИ) for a long time. The author clearly understands what the students need and how to keep them interested and involved in the learning process.
Though the book is recommended for studying in a group with a teacher I think it can be used for learning Russian on your own. It comes with a CD and the words used in the 1st book (level A1) are mostly international.