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Flood Devastation in Siberia

The area around Turun in Eastern Siberia (just west of Irkutsk and Lake Baikal) suffered terrible flooding and 20 people lost their live. We rode through the area two days after the disaster and the impact on local housing was shocking. It reminded us of the awful days in New Orleans after Katrina when we rode through […]

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Farming in Russia

One thing indelibly etched on your mind when you spend weeks riding across Russia is the massive scale of this country – not just the 11 time zones you cross but the unbounded scale of the rural landscape – mile after mile of grassland, cropping and forest. Who owns it? Of course it was 100% […]

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Of weddings, hospitals, and gulags

As we continued our motorcycle ride further north through Russia’s Volga region the wide open spaces of the steppe give an impression of a barren land – but nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to engagement with the everyday Russians. They really are an engaging and hospitable people, so keen to […]

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Tatarstan

We’re now in Kazan, capital of Tatarstan, land of the Tartars. As descendants of Genghis Khan the folk here are proud of being part of the Golden Horde that ruled these lands until Ivan the Terrible, Russia’s first Tzar sacked their city and burnt their places of worship. A rather ignominious end for the first […]

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