GeoHistories

Volgograd

Volgograd: History and Myth A solemn but reverent air of respect hangs over Volgograd. Long a small military garrison, then a rapidly growing center of…


Eastern Siberia

Eastern Siberia: Vast Potential If Eastern Siberia declared independence, it would be the world’s seventh largest country – just below Australia. Yet, it would be…


Moscow

Moscow: Modern and historic challenges Moscow’s official population of 10.5 million makes it the world’s seventh most populous city. In addition, the city also contains…


Lake Baikal

Often called the Pearl of Siberia, Lake Baikal is a natural wonder that almost defies description. Its 1600 meter (almost 1 mile) depth holds 20%…


Irkutsk

Irkutsk: A Fragile Jewel of Siberia The land of Siberia brims with mystery and silence. Nearly incomprehensible size, it brims with natural resources, diverse ecologies…


Vladivostok

Vladivostok: A Short History of Russian Rule in the East The construction of Vladivostok was the culmination of Russia’s long drive to establish a major…


Chukotka

Chukotka: A US Neighbor at the End of the Earth Writers call Russia’s Chukotka Region “the shore of two oceans.” Indeed, Chukotka stretches from the…


St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg: Russia’s Vortex of Change A curious calm presides over the city of St. Petersburg. It is not the calm of a tired city:…