I spent six days in St. Petersburg, touring Gustaf Mannerheim’s old haunts, interviewing scholars and immersing myself in the city’s grand architecture and cultural institutions. The highlights included touring the city with retired Russian naval officer and Mannerheim aficionado Alexey Shkvarov, and interviewing the director of the State Hermitage Museum in the former Winter Palace. From St. Petersburg, I boarded the night train for Moscow, as Mannerheim did a century ago, and began my journey through the heart of Inner Asia.
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