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The River Angara Closed For Navigation
19.11.2016 11:00
The River Angara Closed For Navigation

The navigation season has been closed since the 1 of November on the river Angara and the reservoirs of the Irkutsk region, the press service of EMERCOM in the Irkutsk region informs.

      This year it is the first time when navigation on the Angara river was closed for winter.

      With the cultural heritage of its aristocratic exiles, the Asian influence of nearby Mongolia and China and the easy accessibility of the Lake Baikal, Irkutsk is one of the most appealing cities in Russia. Certainly, the biggest attraction in Irkutsk is Lake Baikal, which is near enough for a day trip. The lake is world famous for its pure cold waters, unique flora and fauna and unforgettable views of the biggest water body in the continent. There are also nature reserves around the lake, which total more than a million hectares. In 1996, UNESCO declared the lake and its surrounding basin to be a National World Heritage Site. Moreover, the city of Irkutsk is worth visiting as well. The city has a number of old churches, museums and other historic buildings. Irkutsk Region has a population of 2,786,200 people. The population density is 3,4 persons per sq km (while average figures for Russia is 8,7 persons per sq km). Among the major nationalities are the Russians - 88,5% , the Ukrainians -3,4%, the Buryats - 2,7%. The smallest ethnic group is the Tofy (630 persons that live in eastern Sayan). Irkutsk Region is divided into 33 regions and has 22 cities.



Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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