Photographer's Note

Ulan Ude, which is situated east of the Lake Baikal and the capital of the Buriatia region, has the largest Lenin monument in all of Russia. It is about 5 meters high, made of bronze and based on the main square. Our guide book told us that it was erected in 1970 (because of Lenin's 100th birthday). The city decided to replace the very many small Lenin statues all over town with this massive one instead but the city's inhabitants were not very happy with the size of this one after it was put there. However, also no-one called for de-installing it again either ;)

I was really surprised that I could not find a single photo of Ulan Ude on TE yet, it is quite an interesting place. I heard that many tourists travelling to the Lake Baikal only go as far as Irkutsk and then usually head on to Vladivostok but not many make it to the Eastern part of the lake. However, for a "real Russian-Asian experience" in the Baikal region I would recommend visiting the Eastern part as it is a very unique region.

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