Views of the Russian North by Yuri Ushakov, 1960s.
The wooden churches from the paintings are very old - most of them were built in the 16th-17th centuries. In those times the Russian North was a wealthy trading region, with numerous cities and villages.
Wooden architecture is traditional to the Russian North; and the best examples of it still survived. Despite nowadays the situation with the economics and population in the region is merely disastrous.
(By the way Zvyagintsev’s movie “Leviathan"is set in the Russian North)
Trinity Church, a small Russian Orthodox church on King George Island
near Russian Bellingshausen Station in Antarctica. It is the
southernmost Eastern Orthodox church in the world. It’s in the
Antarctic, but it’s Russian.