Quotes: Lake Baikal

“As usual, the strictness of our laws is compensated by the fact that following them is optional. Money is being allocated but it gets stolen.”

Photos: At top you can see the Trans-Siberian railroad hugging the shore in the center of the photo. Second, the eastern shore of Lake Baikal framed by a sailboat. Behind the camera is Irkutsk Oblast and the mountains straight ahead are in the Buryat Republic. Bottom two photos: Listvyanka, the main lakeside tourist town near Irkutsk. Click ’em to enlarge.

Read Crossing Lake Baikal here, from Common Sense and Whiskey, the book.

Friday Photo #47. Got Losk?

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From a shop in Listvyanka, Siberia on the shores of Lake Baikal. The story of our trip along the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Ekaterinburg, in the Ural mountains, to Irkutsk near Lake Baikal is in my first book, Common Sense and Whiskey (which would make a fine Christmas gift). You can read that chapter right here on this blog. For more photos from Russia see the Russia Gallery at EarthPhotos.com, and here are all the Friday Photos.

Plausible Map of New New Russia

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This map was proposed by a group in Novosibirsk (along with a “march for federalization of Siberia” planned for August 17th there) in an article in Slon which has since been censored and taken down. Russia seized the Crimea to impose “self-determination” and fights for “Novorossiya” in the Donbass. Just don’t try the self-determination thing at home.