Stretching between Europe and China, Russia is neither East nor West. The vast expanse of field, forest, desert and tundra has seen Mongol rule, czarist reigns of terror, European invasions, and Communist rule. The architecture that evolved reflects the ideas of many cultures. Yet, from onion domes to neo-gothic skyscrapers, a distinctively Russian style emerged.
Sure Richard is long since done with his project, but when we were in Russia in 2004, adopting our daughter, we drove from St. Petersburg to Moscow. I was amazed that the drive was almost entirely through rural areas and that many of the houses were log houses. Other houses were board houses, but they were almost all older and looked European many with carving around the windows. Every little town we passed through looked very impoverished. Nothing like St. Petersburg with its palaces on every corner or Moscow with its huge, fancy onion dome and other brick buildings.