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16th & 17th August 2013 The Russia - Kazakhstan border crossing near КАРАОЗЕК or KARAOZEK 20130816_120801

My two Russian friends at the cafe outside Astrakhan. He told me the area benefited economically from fishing by the rich Russians and the local oil industry.
16th & 17th August 2013 The Russia - Kazakhstan border crossing near КАРАОЗЕК or KARAOZEK

August 16th 2013
First serious off road driving The area between Liman and Astrakhan was sandy, I think it was part of the seabed of the Caspian and the lovely tarmacked road disappeared and it turned into a white single lane sandy track. For the first time on this trip, I was able to take the car off-road and drive it hard. The E119 still appeared as a purple line on my SatNav, but on the road it was just a ... read more
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Russian Flag Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new Romanov Dynas... ... read more
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