Over the last year Baikal Lake has become one of the most popular destinations in Russia since most people are unable to travel abroad. Baikal Lake as well as small villages in Irkutsk Oblast are a part of the Pribaikalsky National Park and therefore are closely watched by local authorities and prosecutors.
Although unknown to most tourists, a problem for local people rises. The local authorities have sent notifications to the locals claiming their residence in the National Park is illegal. Locals assume that there are influential people who would like to own this territory for their business purposes.
How do people live and fight for their rights in towns that surround Baikal? What things should you be aware of when you visit Baikal? Watch this video to find out.
0:00 What is this video about?
01:03 The most famous road in the National Park. How has the tourist flow change?
03:39 Why Olkhon is the centre of tourism in Pribaikalsky National Park?
10:30 How much does a holiday there cost?
13:22 Where to stay?
14:13 Why did hotels and houses of locals suddenly become a part of the National Park?
21:30 How many locals might be sent off from the Pribaikalsk area?
28:03 Locals had no electricity for 13 years. Why so?
31:19 What activities are available in the Park?
34:13 How do locals get around the fishing ban?
40:29 Did Chinese people "occupy" Baikal?
42:44 The Circum-Baikal Railway
45:32 Baikal legal anomaly. What is it about?
48:15 Putin promised to build a road on Olkhon. Why was it never built?
50:30 About a local ex-governor who wanted to save Olkhon from landfills but was sent to court for it
54:03 Why is Baikal on the verge of environmental disaster?
58:25 Buryatian side of Baikal Lake. Why tourism never happened there?
01:04:32 Possible beneficiaries of the National Park land
01:06:49 How will the locals fight for their rights?
01:10:44 This story is not about Baikal. It is about us.
Apr 29, 2021