Welcome to Sakhalin Island

El Dorado for oil-struck businessfolk, and ‘hell’ to Anton Chekhov in 1890 (not to mention the thousands and thousands of prisoners shipped here from the late 19th century), Sakhalin Island (Остров Сахалин) these days is decaying in chunks and booming in others (such as its hub, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk). It’s frequently beautiful too – much of it is filled with a wild terrain of forests, islands of seals, streams full of... Read More

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