Petersburgers: Biographies of the city's greatest residents

The history of St. Petersburg is littered with remarkable lives and incredible careers. Starting with the founder of the city, Peter the Great, the most enlightened and idiosyncratic of despots, St. Petersburg has nurtured and embraced a remarkable range of talent and achievement, producing some of the world's greatest figures in the spheres of literature, music and theatre, as well as prominent scientists and statesmen, architects and engineers.