Thursday, 22 October 2015

Russia: Magadan

Yesterday I received two nice cards from the far east of Russia. Magadan (Russian: Магадан) is a port town and the administrative center of Magadan Oblast, Russia, located on the Sea of Okhotsk. As in 2010 the population was 95,982. The town has a number of cultural institutions including the Regional Museum of Anthropology, a geological museum, a regional library and a university. The climate of Magadan is subarctic, winters are prolonged and very cold, with up to six months of sub-zero high temperatures, so that the soil remains permanently frozen. Magadan is a popular tourist destination today, in part because of its painful association with the Gulag forced labor camps of the Stalin era.

Besides others, Magadan is twinned with Anchorage, AK.

left:  Traditional Costumes - Issued: 21-09-2012
right: Decorative Art - Laze (from a set of four) - Issued: 12-12-2011

On the second card you can see some mountains of the Hasyn Raion of Magadan Oblast.

left: Russian Navy (from a set of two) - Issued: 26-08-2014
right: Russian Contemporary Art (from a set of six) - Issued: 30-07-2012

Thanks a lot to Anna for the nice cards!

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