As Muscovites tuck themselves up in bed, Kamchatkans tuck into breakfast. Nine time zones and a nine-hour flight from Moscow, the peninsula of Kamchatka is Russia’s forgotten frontier. Grim human habitations are dotted sparsely amid the stunning natural scenery. Even Russia’s pre-crisis economic boom, which spruced up towns from Murmansk to Vladivostok, didn’t make it this far. But some are confident that, in future, Kamchatka’s isolation from Moscow and proximity to Alaska and Japan can serve as a catalyst for growth rather than an excuse for…
A river winds through a valley near Petropavlovsk
The Koryaksky volcano smokes beyond pylons outside Petropavlovsk
Vats of red caviar for sale at the local market in Petropavlovsk
A stall at the market in Petropavlovsk
Docks at Petropavlovsk
Pavel, a helicopter pilot
A helicopter unloads fishermen in the Kamchatkan countryside
Enjoying the thermal bath at Malki
Enamito Yukihiko, Japanese teacher at Kamchatka state university
Viktor Okrugin, volcanologist
Oksana Gerasimova, Kamchatka’s investment minister
Igor Goldfarb of the NGO Pacific Environment
A view over Petropavlovsk during bad weather
Tatyana Mikhailova (right) and colleagues
An old Japanese work vehicle in Petropavlovsk
Martha Madsen, an Alaskan resident of Kamchatka
Petropavlovsk approached from Avacha bay with Koryaksky volcano in the background
Mountain lake in central Kamchatka
Empty tanks await new fry at the salmon hatchery at Malki
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