Obsessed with Siberia, as in the time of the Tsars


An endless, freezing desert region where towns float like islands, unable to form a network. The wild Far East is to Russia what the wild Far West was to America; they both form part of the manifest destiny of the two countries. A strategic problem for Putin, who must steer a middle course between Japan and rising Chinese hegemonism and would like the region to be repopulated. What are the implications of the recent Vostok 2003 military manoeuvres?


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