Sprawling between mountains, landlocked Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is the booming cap- ital of Sakhalin. At times on its main strips (ul Lenina or Kommunistichesky pr - still keeping Marx happy with newly made street signs) you have to struggle to see Russia. There's not a lot to do - that is if you're not in town bound for oil rigs or construction projects - but it's a good (and the only) starting point to the rest of the relatively unexplored island or the Kuril Islands, and it offers some flashy restaurants and bars.
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk destination guides
Russia's Ring of Fire
Experience the wonder of the Kamchatka Peninsula, the Kuril Islands, along the Pacific’s ‘Ring of Fire’.