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In the 1700s, Russian leather was a success story. Its trips from St. Petersburg to Western Europe, however, were full of dangers. The weather conditions and Finnish labyrinth of an archipelago wrecked so many ships, that it was common for crofters to raid shipwrecks on the orders of their lord of the manor.
Russian leather was a success story, which often ended up in the bottom of the Finnish gulf | University of Helsinki helsinki.fi

Diving excursions and archival research carried out by Mikko Huhtamies reveal the passage of leather from St Petersburg to Western Europe and its transformation into luxury goods.