The city of Irkutsk was founded in 1652, on the banks of Angara river, fifty miles from Lake Baikal.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN IRKUTSK
WS Lenin's statue pan to street
WS Ditto, people pass pan jeep to intersection
WS Old Cathedral
Ditto pan with street-car
MS Cinema posters pan to entrance
Several shots street
MS Old horse and dray
MS Banner on building...Lenin's head
Old horse and dray
CU Soldiers boots tilt up girls (NG 7)
WS Main street
CU Asian Man (Right to left)
MS European looking soldiers (Left to right)
WS Newspaper kiosk
N.B. I realise that this will only be of library material standard but availability of hard news material scarce, due to strict Russian -In Tourist itinery..
Am holding stock until journey ends, pending possible story...
Will write from Hong Kong.
Regards Tony Hope.
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Background: The city of Irkutsk was founded in 1652, on the banks of Angara river, fifty miles from Lake Baikal. It is one of the most ancient towns of Siberia, whose vastness lay almost unexplored and scarcely populated before the October Socialist Revolution in Russia.
This is the centre of East Siberia's economic and cultural life.
The development of the city was largely predetermined by its exceptionally favourable geographical location. Routes linking European Russia with the Far East and the oriental nations passed through Irkutsk. The Trans-Siberian railway line passed through the city at the turn of the century, which further raised its importance.
Big fur centre; very rich in minerals; Irkutsk region has tremendous timber resources.
It is the seat of the East Siberian Section of the Siberian Branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences. The city has more than 20 different scientific institutions...large cultural centre//////