On the banks of the Angara River 72 kilometres from Lake Baikal, Irkutsk is today the tourist gateway to the Baikal region and the wilds of Siberia surrounding it. Lake Baikal is the deepest freshwater lake in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has 2 national Much of the history of Irkutsk, though, revolves around the Decembrists.
Irkutsk became the centre for intellectual and social life for the many Russian officers, Artists and Nobles who were exiled to Siberia following the failed Decembrist revolution of 1825. It was also heavily involved, after the Revolution, in the battles between the Reds and the Whites and it is here ...
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