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Life on the edge

— Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky


This remote north-eastern corner of Russia is an inhospitable land of fire, ice and earthquakes but the stunning scenery, hot springs and huge reserves of salmon suggest a seismic shift in fortunes could be about to happen.

Development, Environment, Industry, Manufacturing, Society

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…


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