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May 10, 2005 - Tobolsk & Abalak

I adore Tobolsk. It's the only town in Siberia with a real Kremlin. Its old town, replete with a half a dozen fabulous if mostly derelict old churches, is sinking into the swampy river flood plain which is sad for the residents but great for photographers. And the people, many of them Tatar, are warm and hospitable. On my 2002 visit to Siberia, Tobolsk and nearby Abalak had been my first stop. My guide had been a producer for the local Radio Ekspress and in return for her translations I'd recorded a few radio jingles. To my amusement these...

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