For such an enormous country - the largest on earth - we in the West see surprisingly little of Russia. The photos that we do encounter are most often narrow in scope and subject matter: frozen and desolate landscapes, characterless or forbidding concrete architecture thrown up under communist rule. All of which makes this gallery - composed of images taken by Russian photographers - an eye-opener.
Sure enough, those staple elements do appear, but overall the picture they paint of the nation is much more complex, showing the frequently fascinating juxtaposition between the natural environment and the built environment and revealing something of its richness and diversity, as well as of its past and present.
(Thanks to Adam for the link.)