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Not many years ago, in northern Russia, on the outskirts of the city of Archangel, by the Dvina River, stood a tall wooden house — a whimsical jumble of planking that grew in all direction but mostly upwards. From a distance it resembled a Japanese pagoda, but up close it was a phantasmagorical structure that looked more like the lair of a wicked fairytale character. The house no longer exists, but at one time, the Sutyagin House was said to be the tallest wooden structure in the world. It soared 13 floors to reach a height of 144 feet.

The house belonged to Russian businessman Nikolai Petrovich Sutyagin who made his fortune in the lumber business, some say through gangsterism. Sutyagin grew up in a two-storey flat and felt lonely all his life. So once he had acquired wealth, he started constructing this house and kept at it for fifteen years.

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