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Irkutsk was founded in the 1661 as a fort to colonize Siberia. It was the main Russian fort behind the Ural mountains, so all the expeditions to colonize Kamchatka and Alaska have begun there. For centuries Russian emperors and communists (later) exiled political prisoners to Irkutsk, so many brainy Russians spent years in the city and this influenced the average IQ level of inhabitants. Irkutsk, a center of culture and refinement, is the “Paris of Siberia.” The culture and refinement at this one-time outpost near the Mongolian border came from the Decembrists, a group of Russian revolutionaries that tried to topple...Read More

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Krasnoyarsk is an important junction on the Trans-Siberian Railway, and has been an important Siberian stop ever since the great Siberian Post Road went through here in 1735. Named for the high red banks of the river (even before the Cossacks arrived, it was called “Kyzyl-Yar-Tura,” or “Red Banks”), the city sits on one of the most important rivers of Siberia, the Yenisey, and is, in fact, the capital of the Yenisey Republic. The famous Russian writer Anton Chekhov, in his “Journey to the End of the Russian Empire,” described the nearby mountains to the south and west of the city as having a “smoky, dreamy...Read More

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