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To show Russia only from the colourful and spectacular side would be one-sided. Russia is also grey and drab and in many places has a long way to go to reach the level of welfare of other industrialised countries. This view from a train is quite typical of the half-suburban, half-rural countryside around St. Petersburg.
What is interesting here is the name of the station: 21 kilometers, which is the distance to St. Petersburg. And which marks where the German troops got to in 1941. And where they stayed three years during the 900 day siege of Leningrad from 1941 to 1944. The front-line of the occupation and the siege is marked all around St. Petersburg by old canons, and this particular halt was named in remembrance of the siege.
The shot was taken through a very dirty train window and I tried a few tricks in PS to enhance the quality, but the day was also grey, so overall it gives a true impression of both time and place.

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