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Lost in the Far East

By gckatz
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On September 25, 1938, three Soviet aviatrices setting a distance record when their plane, the Rodina, became lost in Russia's Far East.  The two pilots were able to safely land the plane in a swamp, but navigator Marina Raskova was forced to bail out over the forest.  She wandered in the taiga for ten days without supplies before she found the plane, which had been located by a search and rescue team the day before.  They had successfully set the record and were all made Heroes of the Soviet Union, the USSR's highest honor.

Swamp forest reference from Wikimedia Commons.

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Halfwiccan's avatar
This is the Far East, not Siberia.
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Is it incorrect to call the Far East Siberia?  I thought all of Russia east of the Urals was Siberia.  /notrussian
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Well, this is not exactly a mistake. Historically - yes, everything that lies beyond the Ural mountains is Siberia. That how it was centuries ago, when these lands weren't well discovered.

But nowadays, there are the Siberian Federal District, the Ural Federal District and the Far-Eastern Federal District. All these areas and regions within them have their unique features, so it is impossible to call it whole with a common name "Siberia". As a Far-Eastern person, I can say that this sounds, well... not insulting, but it sounds similar to the "here be dragons". As if Siberia is a something frozen, uninhabited and wild place and the person you're talking is just a pine in the taiga, hehe.

Geography of Russia is a bit more complicated than it seems.
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Good to know.  Of course "Lost in the Far East" sounds a bit like they crashed in Japan, at least in English.

Another question: How commonplace was it for Soviets to actually call each other "comrade?"
Halfwiccan's avatar
Well, as far as I know, it was a vord for very official cases. For documents and such. Because if we want to call someone's name with respect, we call his/hers name and patronymic, so no "comrade" needed. And in ordinary life people just used names or surnames, without the "comrade".

And, of course this word is used in army... I guess, till present days. But this is understandable, they are brothers in arms there, after all, comrades indeed.
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I like how you got the trees in the picture here. :D
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