Russia

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:…