It’s not just our own Norman Foster who can take on bizarre projects in the former Soviet Union. Oh no. Sleek-haired Dutchman Erick van Egeraat contacted Astragal with the details of a scheme he has jumped on board – the creation of a huge Russian Federation-shaped Island in the Black Sea. Russian president Vladimir Putin, who took a look at the designs, was apparently particularly interested in the technical details of the plan, with van Egeraat assuring him that the Dutch experience of reclaiming land from the sea would be extremely useful on the project. Judging from photographic evidence of the meeting between the two, Vladimir was also keen to tell Erick about the Russian experience of working with loads of intimidating heavies. Erick, as seen here.