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More interesting facts on Siberia
- during the Soviet deportations from Estonia in 1940-1941 and 1944-1951 the Soviet Union forcibly transferred tens of thousands of Estonian citizens to Siberia?
- between 1836 and 1846, the Congregationalist missionary Edward Stallybrass, who had proselytized in Siberia, published translations of the Old and the New Testament into Mongolian?
- his fine bass voice turned Leonid Kharitonov from a poor villager in Siberia into a renowned singer performing all around the Soviet Union?
- many Japanese POWs continued to toil in Siberian labor camps ten years after the end of World War II?
- the Azerbaijani geologist Farman Salmanov, who discovered huge oil fields of Western Siberia in 1961, was awarded the title of Hero of Socialist Labor at the unusually young age of 37?
- Countess Mariya Volkonskaya (pictured) renounced her rights, titles and possessions to follow her husband in Siberian exile?
- Richard Maack (pictured) was a Russian naturalist who led some of the first major scientific expeditions to remote Siberia and the Russian Far East?
- forest brother Alfred Käärmann hid for 7 years from Soviet officials, spent 15 years in Siberian prison camps, had his passport stamped "annulled" and was banished from Estonia until 1981?
- NASA terraforming expert Christopher McKay has explored the Gobi Desert, Siberia and Antarctica to study extremophilic life forms?
- Jan Czerski (pictured), exiled to Siberia after the January Uprising, became a self-taught scientist and Siberian explorer, thrice decorated with the gold medal by the Russian Geographical Society?
- Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary in Kerala, India, receives migratory birds from far away Siberia?
- aviation historian Randy Acord was awarded the Alaska–Siberian Lend Lease Award for his role in improving Russian–North American relations during World War II?
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