Tag Archives: Russia

Russian cities that arose from the Gulag era


Below is a list of some of the larger cities that were founded, built, or significantly enhanced through Gulag-era forced labor. If the city was founded during the Soviet Union’s Gulag era, the date is provided in parenthesis. Otherwise, the … Continue reading

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Spectacular images of Arctic/Boreal river deltas


Above and below are several amazing satellite images of Arctic and Boreal river deltas. Most of these reflect the classic fan-tail shape and even resemble trees (or tree roots) from space, with their main channel as the trunk and meandering … Continue reading

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“The Gentleman From Finland” gets derailed


I really wanted to enjoy this book. The image of riding the Trans-Siberian Express across the width of the Soviet Union is a fascinating concept. Given how much I enjoyed Robert Goldstein’s more recent book, Riding with Reindeer, I figured this … Continue reading

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“Odessa” – where dreams and nightmares collide


When I purchased the Kindle e-book Odessa, Genius and Death in a City of Dreams,  I was excited to learn more about the Russian and Ukrainian history pertaining to this famous seaport founded by Catherine the Great. Never did I ever … Continue reading

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Sky-high Ferris wheels – latest urban fad?


Until the past few days, I had not realized how many cities have added an enormous Ferris wheel as an urban attraction. Yes, I knew of the London Eye and even visited it myself in 2008, though the queue and … Continue reading

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Meteor rockets across the Russian sky


Here is an amazing series of videos from ABC of the meteor that struck central Russia earlier today. While many hundreds were injured, thus far thank goodness it appears none of the injuries are life-threatening.

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Urban duopolies


Most often, the term “duopoly” is used the context of business to identify those markets that are dominated by two primary suppliers who exert great influence. Examples would be Fedex versus UPS in overnight shipping within the United States; Pepsi versus Coca-Cola … Continue reading

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Urbanography – “Stalingrad” by Antony Beevor


Last month I posted a book review of The 900 Days, the Siege of Leningrad as part of our Urbanogarphy series. If you thought that true story from World War II was appalling, Stalingrad by Antony Beevor describes how war … Continue reading

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Road trip….across Siberia?


I would be the first to admit that I have been fascinated by Russia and Russian history ever since the first time I saw the movie Dr. Zhivago.  I want to see the magnificent tsarist-era architecture of St. Petersburg, the … Continue reading

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