Why did a Russian general wear a kilt, who built the Russian navy, why is Captain Cook remembered in Siberia, where did the British discover rhubarb and how did a Grand Duchess come by her Irish brogue? Ever since the days of Muscovy, British voices have been heard in the courts of the Tsars and hands and minds from the British Isles have shaped Russian history and culture, explored Russia's geography, developed its industry and won Russian souls for Christ. The British were active right across this vast country from the Baltic to the Black Sea. Some were fascinated by Russia whilst others loathed it. Over the generations, a large number of Anglo-Russian families became established and a successful few made their fortunes or achieved great honours. Others experienced bad luck or extreme hardship and many died there. Rarely have two cultures so unalike interacted so closely for so many centuries. Now, thanks to Rod Heather, we can rediscover the fascinating story of the remarkable lives and experiences of the British in Tsarist Russia's ‘Wild East'.