Russia, a land of (visible) contrast

Before moving to Russia, I had lived in a number of different countries for extended periods of time, but my first impression was that I had never seen such a stark contrast between poverty and wealth as I have here. In other parts of the world the classes tend to "mix less" and this contrast... Continue Reading →

The Lady of the Korolenko

The town of Vyborg lies on the Karelian Isthmus near the head of the Vyborg Bay, 130 km (81 miles) to the northwest of St. Petersburg and 38 km (24 miles) south of Russia's border with Finland, where the Saimaa Canal enters the Gulf of Finland. The town has changed hands several times in history, most recently in 1944 when the Soviet Union captured it from Finland during World... Continue Reading →

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