Hi everyone, my name is Nicholas, and I come from New Zealand, which is one of the furtherest countries in the world from (European) Russia. Despite this vast geographical interest I have always taken a close interest in Russia and its development as a country following the collapse of the Soviet Union, and am currently learning the Russian Language (this is hard). I have never been to Russia but hopefully that will change soon. I have a degree in History and Political Science, and currently looking for a job. I look forward to seeing many of you in the various threads here sometime.