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Location - Eastern Europe/North Asia; Capital - Moscow; Population - 143 million; Currency - Russian Rouble MORE RUSSIA

Eventually we left the Mongolia/Russia border and the Trans-Mongolian linked up with the Trans-Siberian line to Irkutsk in Siberian Russia - September 2009.

 

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russia2Heading away from the border at Naushki and on to Irkutsk

 

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russia15Irkutsk is in Siberian Russia and is the closest city to Lake Baikal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia3A Soviet missile launcher sits outside Dom Ofitserov museum, Irkutsk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia6The Decembrists were a group of upper class rebels who attempted to overthrow Tsar Nicholas I in December 1825 in St Petersburg. When they failed, some were executed and many sentenced to hard labour in Siberia. This is Maria Volkonskaya's house, who followed her husband into Siberian exile - Irkutsk.

 

 

russia7Siberia is known for its traditional wooden houses - Irkutsk

 

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russia9A small area of wooden houses lies close to the bus station - Irkutsk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia10Vladimir Lenin stands on ul-Lenina, Irkutsk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia16The eternal flame is a World War II memorial (the part of WWII from 1941-1945 after Germany invaded the Soviet Union is known in Russia as the Great Patriotic War) - Irkutsk

 

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russia19Next to the Angara River is Bogoyavlensky Cathedral - Irkutsk

 

 

 

russia23'Irkutsk 350' in Cyrillic. I'm guessing it refers to the 350th anniversary of the founding of the city, though that's a few years ago now (1651-2001) - Irkutsk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia24The 18th century Raising of the Cross Church, Irkutsk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia26Dining out with fellow trans-Siberian travellers at a restaurant in Irkutsk

 

 

russia29Listvyanka and Lake Baikal are just over an hour's bus drive from Irkutsk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia31Canoers ride past a ship's hull at Listvyanka, Lake Baikal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia33At 1637 metres, beautiful Lake Baikal is the world's deepest lake

 

 

russia35It contains about 20% of the world's freshwater supplies - Lake Baikal

 

 

russia36The Listvyanka hills surrounding Lake Baikal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia37Boat jetty, Lake Baikal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia39A snow covered trail leads to a superb lookout point above Lake Baikal

 

 

russia41Halfway up the trail - Lake Baikal

 

 

russia51A magnificent view of Lake Baikal and the Hamar Daban mountains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia45The Hamar Daban mountains - Lake Baikal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia43The Angara River flows out of Lake Baikal and on the oppsite side of the river from Listvyanka is Port Baikal

 

 

russia53Good luck ribbons wrapped around the lookout point at Listvyanka, Lake Baikal

 

 

russia58On the Trans-Siberian from Irkutsk to Tomsk we met some very friendly Russians, including Christian, a biology student living in Novosibirsk, and a vodka-plying Yuri, coming back from engineering work in eastern Siberia.
By the way this carriage is platskartny, or 3rd class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia82From our central hotel in Tomsk we had a great view of the FC Tomsk stadium next door. More useful when they're playing though..

 

 

russia84Next to FC Tomsk is a funfair - Tomsk

 

 

russia62On the banks of the River Tom is a World War II Memorial, Tomsk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia63The World War II mother-and-son memorial, Tomsk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia59A traditional Siberian wooden house in Tomsk

 

 

russia67A very lopsided wooden house - Tomsk

 

 

russia85Fine wooden-lace architecture, Tomsk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia89The Oppression Museum was formerly a prison used by the NKVD who later became the feared KGB - Tomsk

 

Wikipedia entries for the NKVD here and the Gulag system of forced-labour camps here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia92The NKVD was responsible for state security. It ran the Gulag forced-labour camps and suppressed resistance movements by way of executions and assassinations - Oppression Museum, Tomsk

 

 

russia90A memorial inside the Oppression Museum, Tomsk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia69 Just outside the museum is a monument to the 'Victims of Stalinist Repression' - Tomsk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia70In the park outside the Oppression Museum, Tomsk

 

 

russia72Hundreds of lovers' padlocks are chained to the railings at Ploshchad Lenina (Lenin Square) - Tomsk

 

 

russia74Lenin directs the traffic at Lenin Square, Tomsk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia75The 18th century Epiphany Cathedral is just off Lenin Square, Tomsk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia78Climb the lookout tower at the Tomsk History Museum, on Resurrection Hill, and get this view of Tomsk

 

 

russia80The huge belltower at Voznesenskaya Church, Tomsk

 

 

russia86Another example of wooden architecture is the Russian-German House, a German cultural centre - Tomsk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia87One more example is also along Ulitsa Krasnoarmenskaya, Tomsk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia88Walking along Ulitsa Krasnoarmenskaya. Ulitsa means street in Russian - Tomsk

 

 

russia94A useless photo of the Europe/Asia marker at km1777 (behind the posts), which marked our crossing into European Russia.
The Siberia marker is at km2102.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia95Looking out of the window at the Sylva River, about 1500km from Moscow - Trans-Siberian from Tomsk to Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.visitrussia.org.uk - Russia National Tourist Office

www.realrussia.co.uk - UK/Russia based company - visa support and train tickets

www.baikalinfo.com - info on Lake Baikal

www.seat61.com - Seat 61's page on train travel in Russia, and www.seat61.com it's page on the Trans-Siberian

www.waytorussia.net

www.eng.rzd.ru - Russian Railways website, and more info here www.poezda.net

 

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