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?

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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