Siberian autumn forest

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Eastern Siberia

Endless ice-bound winters, kiln-hot summers, a history of imperial exile and Stalinist savagery – Eastern Siberia (Восточная Сибирь) may not sound like everyone’s first choice of holiday destination, but there’s much more to this vast region than blood-craving mosquitoes and blizzard-lost Gulag camps.


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Red October piano, Ust-Nera.  In the decade following the Russian Revolution, this state-owned brand was distributed all over Russia, with the Red October factory producing nearly 20,000 pianos. After perestroika, the old art of Russian piano-making fell away. The Red October factory closed in 2004.


Finding the lost pianos of Siberia

Mar 1, 2021 • 9 min read


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