Contrasts of Baikal: Life on one of the world's most beautiful lakes

The lake Baikal is not only mighty and great, but also it is very many-sided. Baikal is a wonderful place, but sometimes it might be harsh and people who live on the lake know it very well. Man has been living here for a long time though, but the lake and its nature are still much stronger. People live on the lake's shores while Baikal lets them do that.

Continuation is here: the second part of the photo-report from Transbaikalia.

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This is one of small villages located on the lake. People live there with no recent technologies, modern computers or the internet. Their main occupation is hunting and fishing; also they lease rooms to tourists in the summer time.

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Still, satellite dishes are getting popular here. So at least people have TV
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Also, solar cell batteries

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A local rural club

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'For rent'. Someone says that's pretty expensive by the way

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This is a half-abandoned Soviet sawmill located in Transbaikalia which was neglected after the collapse of the USSR
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Locals say there are lots of sawmills like this there

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Inside the cabin of a huge crane

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Why it was said half-abandoned? Because a part of the sawmill is still working. Most likely illegally
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Who knows how many more illegal sawmills are in Transbaikalia..

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Photos: Sergey Anashkevitch



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