PBC0035: pride in place
PBC 35 conveys regionalist (and national) pride in rivers, particularly the Volga River, as natural roads that connect communities and form nations. Their rich history connects different times and places with each other, thus becoming natural centers of history and culture. One instance describes the Volga River as a natural road that mixed nations together, while each wanted to “possess” the river (W551). A second instance adds an environmental note: without the Volga and its headwaters, the “country would dry out and turn into a desert” (W403).