This unintentionally hilarious Cold War era Soviet film was made to promote tourism in Siberia. It opens with scenes from the center of Siberia (:48) and the man-made Bratsk sea (:51). Traditions here have been carefully preserved and tribal dancing and carvings are shown (2:02) as well as Russian cottages and old Siberian villages (3:05). One of these has become a museum and it is the village of Shushenskoye where Vladimir Lenin had been exiled to (3:16). A plaque with Lenin’s face on it appears at (3:23) and the inside of his residence there at (3:28). The Siberian Branch of the USSR Academy of the Sciences is the largest research center here (4:15). As guests enter the house of sciences (4:33) the professor begins addressing them and answering the question of whether or not the cold affects his mental work (4:57). The film then cuts to the snow-covered trees of winter (5:19) and some of the many winter sports enjoyed such as hockey and bobsledding (5:36). The traditional Russian Troika is shown (6:00) as well as a Siberian tiger (6:12). Lake Baikal (6:50) is large enough to be called an inland sea and contains one fifth of the worlds fresh water reserve (7:27). The city of Novosibirsk is the largest industrial center (8:06). Footage of the architecture depicts the blend of old and new (8:55) and the museums boast artists from Western Europe, the Soviet and Russia (9:40). At the souvenir shops, the traditional Russian doll is seen (10:55). Siberia is also famed for it’s production of furs (11:13). The end of the film brings viewers to the Pacific coast (13:17) and the longest railway in the world which is 9,300 kilometers and runs from Siberia to Moscow (14:08). The insignia for Intourist appears (14:39) and it had been filmed for the head department on tourism by Leningrad Popular Science Film Studio (14:39).
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