SIBERIA: THE TORTURED LAND

AN EPIC LANDSCAPE STEEPED IN TRAGEDY, SIBERIA SUFFERED GRIEVOUSLY UNDER COMMUNISM. NOW THE WORLD'S CAPITALISTS COVET ITS VAST RICHES

Siberia has come to mean a land of exile, and the place easily fulfills its reputation as a metaphor for death and deprivation. Even at the peak of midsummer, a soul-chilling fog blows in off the Arctic Ocean and across the mossy tundra, muting the midnight sun above the ghostly remains of a slave-labor camp. The mist settles like a shroud over broken grave markers and bits of wooden barracks siding bleached as gray as the bones of the dead that still protrude through the earth in places. Throughout Siberia, more than 20 million perished in Stalin's Gulag.

Siberia is much,...

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