Okunevy Island in Lake Vuoksa. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Dmitry A. Mottl.

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This is a photo of tiny Okunevy Island, in the middle of Lake Vuoksa, in Russia. Lake Vuoksa is one of many lakes that stems off from the Vuoksi River, which runs through the Karelian Isthmus, between Finland and Russia.Once called  “Uusijärvi,” it was renamed by the Soviets to “Ozero Vuoksa” or Lake Vuoksa. It is located near the Russian town of Priozersk, in Leningrad Oblast.

The Karelian Isthmus is the narrow stretch of land between the Finnish border and Russia, nestled in the middle of the Gulf of Finland to the west and Lake Ladoga to the east. To the south, at the narrowest part of the isthmus, is the famous Russian city of Saint Petersburg.