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St. Petersburg celebrates the birthday of Peter I

June 9th, 2009, the city will celebrate the birthday of tsar Peter I, better know as Peter the Great. St. Petersburg was founded by tzar Peter the Great in 1703. Built on a swamp at the price of thousands of Russian workers' lives, it sprang out of nothing to open a so-called "window to Europe" through the Baltic Sea and Moscow as the centre of Russian political life for two centuries.


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