Birch is the even white-trunked light tree giving the transparent shade, decorating at any season any rural view, enjoys special love in Russia. Since old years the birch was the image of Russia. The simple and touching beauty of the birch imparts it the high esthetic value.
Balalaika is the Russian national three-stringed fingered instrument, with the length from 600—700 mm (prima balalaika) up to 1,7 meters (balalaika-contrabass), with triangular slightly bent (in XVIII-XIX centuries also oval) wooden body. Balalaika is one of the instruments turning (along with the accordion and, to a lesser degree, zhaleyka) into the musical symbol of the Russian people.