From Dacha to Winter Palace, from Easter Eggs to Kremlin, here is a photographic alphabet of everything we love best about Russia. The Russian Federation is a vast land of forests and steppes, deserts, rivers, lakes and big cities. Over centuries of splendour, revolution and change, our country has produced some of the greatest scientists, sportsmen and women, writers, dancers and composers in the world. The perfect introduction to a fascinating country.
vladimir kabakov was born in Irkutsk, in Siberia. After leaving school, he did his military service in the Soviet Army and worked at the University of Irkutsk. He has been a carpenter, geologist and teacher, and is a sports coach and director of a St Petersburg youth club. He is also a writer and journalist. His latest Russian book, They say that Bears Don't Bite was published in 2007. Vladimir now lives in London, and returns to Russia every year. He is married with two children.