Hidden Siberia | Longreads
Wildlife
A cool place A quick glance at a map is enough to understand that Siberia is a land of great rivers and lakes. And the people who assimilated these harsh spaces settled mainly along the banks of the rivers where there were practically no roads to speak off. And ...
A cool place
People
Peregudov the Wolf Hunter Last winter we were travelling through Altai. It was morning. There was not a soul around. The road was empty. All was quiet. No bird chirped and no branch stirred. Only the sound of the wheels gritting against the icy tarmac could be heard. We trav...
Peregudov the Wolf Hunter
Cuisine
‘Ukha’ (fish soup) in the Siberian forest Expressed in grandiose fashion ‘ukha’ is a triumph, a culinary diamond in the dazzling crown of high Russian cuisine. You could say that ‘ukha’ (Russian fish soup), for all the tales, proverbs and sayings that have been dedic...
‘Ukha’ (fish soup) in the Siberian forest
Thoughts
When will Moscow grow into Siberia? REFERENCE Tobolsk, a town on the right bank of the Irtysh River near its confluence with the Tobol River… Seat of the Tobolsk Governate… Founded by the Cossack leader Danil Chulkov in 1587, moved to its present site in 1610… Bosto...
When will Moscow grow into Siberia?
Wildlife
Roedeer rescue In the last days of April ranger Viktor Makashov and I set out by boat to see whether the ice floe at the river mouth had melted and at the same time to see where the herd of ibex had migrated any further. The middle of the river was already clear of ice even where it flowed into the reservoir bay. There was just a crust of ice left along the edges of the bank. Having stopped at the side of the river we scoured the nearby slopes with our binoculars and enjoyed the silence that was only occasionally broken by the feint whistling sound of the wings of a duck flying past. But...
Roedeer rescue
Travel
Huts in the clouds If a parallel world does exist, you will find it here at the Krasnoyarsk Stolby Nature Reserve. The huge intricately shaped stony blocks rise amid a thick forest reaching up to 100 meters in height, and aged more than 600 million years.  If a paral...
Huts in the clouds
People
The Kaloshin paradox REFERENCE The village of Ust’-Koksa lies at the head of the Uimon valley, at the confluence of the Koksa and the Katun Rivers, 400 km from the centre of the Republic, Gorno-Altaisk. Ust’-Koksa has a bank, a communications point, a marke...
The Kaloshin paradox
Wildlife
Breakfast on the Grass Watching bears is becoming more and more popular nowadays. But on the other hand many people have died during filming of brown bears and this number is much greater than the number of people dying during the filming of other dangerous predators. 12 ...
Breakfast on the Grass
People
The solitary voice of man I happened to meet with hermits on various occasions during my travels, people who had chosen to live in the wilds of the Siberian taiga. These recluse had travelled voluntarily to the middle of nowhere, leaving their own world behind, sacrificing t...
The solitary voice of man
People
Traditional Buryats’ hospitality Traditional Buryats` hospitality is not just a manifestation of behavior standards and morale but this is also a common feature of the national character which has been forming during many ages. From the very young age Buryats taught their children strict ethic norms and principles and rules of behavior both in family and society. They raised kids respect towards parents and older generation, taught them to stand up and greet elder people when they enter house. As for kids, it was considered rude to speak loud in presence of mature people, interrupt someone’s talk, h...
Traditional Buryats’ hospitality
Wildlife
A cool place A quick glance at a map is enough to understand that Siberia is a land of great rivers and lakes. And the people who assimilated these harsh spaces settled mainly along the banks of the rivers where there were practically no roads to speak off. And ...
A cool place
People
Peregudov the Wolf Hunter Last winter we were travelling through Altai. It was morning. There was not a soul around. The road was empty. All was quiet. No bird chirped and no branch stirred. Only the sound of the wheels gritting against the icy tarmac could be heard. We trav...
Peregudov the Wolf Hunter
Cuisine
‘Ukha’ (fish soup) in the Siberian forest Expressed in grandiose fashion ‘ukha’ is a triumph, a culinary diamond in the dazzling crown of high Russian cuisine. You could say that ‘ukha’ (Russian fish soup), for all the tales, proverbs and sayings that have been dedic...
‘Ukha’ (fish soup) in the Siberian forest
Thoughts
When will Moscow grow into Siberia? REFERENCE Tobolsk, a town on the right bank of the Irtysh River near its confluence with the Tobol River… Seat of the Tobolsk Governate… Founded by the Cossack leader Danil Chulkov in 1587, moved to its present site in 1610… Bosto...
When will Moscow grow into Siberia?
Wildlife
Roedeer rescue In the last days of April ranger Viktor Makashov and I set out by boat to see whether the ice floe at the river mouth had melted and at the same time to see where the herd of ibex had migrated any further. The middle of the river was already clear o...
Roedeer rescue
Travel
Huts in the clouds If a parallel world does exist, you will find it here at the Krasnoyarsk Stolby Nature Reserve. The huge intricately shaped stony blocks rise amid a thick forest reaching up to 100 meters in height, and aged more than 600 million years.  If a paral...
Huts in the clouds
People
The Kaloshin paradox REFERENCE The village of Ust’-Koksa lies at the head of the Uimon valley, at the confluence of the Koksa and the Katun Rivers, 400 km from the centre of the Republic, Gorno-Altaisk. Ust’-Koksa has a bank, a communications point, a marke...
The Kaloshin paradox
Wildlife
Breakfast on the Grass Watching bears is becoming more and more popular nowadays. But on the other hand many people have died during filming of brown bears and this number is much greater than the number of people dying during the filming of other dangerous predators. 12 ...
Breakfast on the Grass
People
The solitary voice of man I happened to meet with hermits on various occasions during my travels, people who had chosen to live in the wilds of the Siberian taiga. These recluse had travelled voluntarily to the middle of nowhere, leaving their own world behind, sacrificing t...
The solitary voice of man
People
Traditional Buryats’ hospitality Traditional Buryats` hospitality is not just a manifestation of behavior standards and morale but this is also a common feature of the national character which has been forming during many ages. From the very young age Buryats taught their children ...
Traditional Buryats’ hospitality
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