Literally translated from Russian as to rule the East, Vladivostok has grown since 1860 into the administrative center of Primorye and the nation’s major Pacific Ocean port. Home to a rich and turbulent history and a closed city for many years, Vladivostok opened its gates again to tourists in 1992 after the breakup of USSR. The first foreign visitors were surprised to see a very nice city and not just the military base with barracks as it had been perceived by the outside world. Today, Vladivostok is a city of 700,000 people and a major political, industrial, scientific, educational, and cultural center of Russia

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