Photo Gallery: Vladivostok, The End Of The Line

  • Three men wait for a ferry to take them across the water to Russky Island, just across from Vladivostok, the port city in Russia's Far East. In the distance, construction is taking place on a bridge that will make it easier to reach the island.
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    Three men wait for a ferry to take them across the water to Russky Island, just across from Vladivostok, the port city in Russia's Far East. In the distance, construction is taking place on a bridge that will make it easier to reach the island.
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  • Men wait for a bus on a hill overlooking the water in Vladivostok, home to Russia's Pacific naval fleet.
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    Men wait for a bus on a hill overlooking the water in Vladivostok, home to Russia's Pacific naval fleet.
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  • Olga Granovskaya (left) and her husband, Dmitry Granovsky (right), live and work in Vladivostok. They are discouraged by Russia's government and are considering leaving the country to look for better economic opportunities.
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    Olga Granovskaya (left) and her husband, Dmitry Granovsky (right), live and work in Vladivostok. They are discouraged by Russia's government and are considering leaving the country to look for better economic opportunities.
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  • Russians ride a bus in Vladivostok. The city is much closer to Asian capitals like Beijing and Tokyo than to Moscow.
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    Russians ride a bus in Vladivostok. The city is much closer to Asian capitals like Beijing and Tokyo than to Moscow.
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  • Leonid Blyakher is a professor of political science at a university in Khabarovsk, in Russia's Far East.
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    Leonid Blyakher is a professor of political science at a university in Khabarovsk, in Russia's Far East.
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  • A woman smokes a cigarette on the streets of Vladivostok.
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    A woman smokes a cigarette on the streets of Vladivostok.
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  • Two men wait in front of a small news stand in downtown Vladivostok.
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    Two men wait in front of a small news stand in downtown Vladivostok.
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  • A plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Trans-Siberian railroad hangs on the wall of the Vladivostok train station.
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    A plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Trans-Siberian railroad hangs on the wall of the Vladivostok train station.
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  • Passengers wait for their train at the Vladivostok train station.
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    Passengers wait for their train at the Vladivostok train station.
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  • Artificial trees add a little color to a winter's day in Vladivostok.
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    Artificial trees add a little color to a winter's day in Vladivostok.
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  • A flock of startled pigeons flutters through a downtown plaza.
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    A flock of startled pigeons flutters through a downtown plaza.
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  • A woman makes her way up stairs in Vladivostok. The city is built on the hills surrounding the Golden Horn Bay.
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    A woman makes her way up stairs in Vladivostok. The city is built on the hills surrounding the Golden Horn Bay.
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  • Olga Granovskaya (right) and Dmitry Granovsky stand overlooking the bay.
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    Olga Granovskaya (right) and Dmitry Granovsky stand overlooking the bay.
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  • Construction on the cable bridge connecting Russky Island and Vladivostok is expected to be completed later this year.
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    Construction on the cable bridge connecting Russky Island and Vladivostok is expected to be completed later this year.
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  • A four-car ferry takes vehicles across the water from Vladivostok to Russky Island.
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    A four-car ferry takes vehicles across the water from Vladivostok to Russky Island.
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