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19 July 2016
Overall impression

A wonderful city, as are all in Russia.
Seaside: warm sea is too far, but there are small and larger lakes, suitable for underwater fishing and snowmobile ridding or ice skating. Swimming is possible, at best, in July only.

Impression of local population

The locals are very colourful.


Harsh. It is cold for 6 months and even colder after that.


There are several universities: technological, should prepare specialists for the airplane, instrument engineering and railway plants as well as for some agricultural institutions. A classical university, which should ideally turn out teachers and scientists. Agricultural university, which should help with the livestock raising and agriculture in the region. And the last being Academy of Culture. There is also the Buryat scientific center, with Russian- and world-renowned authorities, but really a very sad place performing research as if they were Tibet monks.

Quality of medicine (quality and cost)

Not really different from the rest of Russia, fine in the city, bad in the villages.

Language (learning of the local language and communication with the local people)

Russian is the main language, unless you venture far from civilization. The locals are trying to revive ethnic distinctiveness and seek budget funds to create a Buryat font, website and even translate Windows into the Buryat language. The people in the ministry seem not to know of UTF-8 and i18n, l10n.

Transport (road access, quality of roads, level of driving, gasoline cost, public transportation)

The roads are as everywhere else in Russia, the potholes are winning for the moment. Cars are right-hand-drive with driving style native to the far east of Russia. State public transportation is more dead, than alive, public transportation is provided by private minibuses.
Going abroad: China and Mongolia are nearby, there are flights to South Korea.

Prices (cost of living, food, entertainment)

The prices are as everywhere else in Russia, but you need to watch out, as while buying fresh fish, you might get not-so-fresh yogurt. Meat and milk are great.

Job (search complexity, level of salary)

It is possible to find a job, but there are few working plants – railway, repair, airplane, metal structures and some instrument engineering, that has been being revived for the last 20 years. There is also an airport. A tourist zone is kind of being built, but nobody is sure of the type of tourism.

Housing (cost, availability, rent, purchase)

Huge variety of options, for any taste and budget.


Victim-like behavior isn’t accepted around here. Some neighborhoods are best avoided. However, you shouldn’t be approached by riffraff during the day.

Women \ men (for dating)

The women are beautiful, but even more beautiful in the other regions.

Internet access (availability, price)

Internet is gradually developing but no service provider has autonomous IP addresses, doesn’t try to get IPv6 and doesn’t provide services 24/7/365. And even the best system administrators don’t know what dct is.

The region's economy (crisis, inflation)

Saying that it’s bad won’t really make the point. The development is hindered by some weird laws about a special ecological zone, loud words from certain representatives of the modest Buryat nation about the lack of necessity for a gas pipeline, high electricity costs. A tourist zone is being built without understanding of the type of tourist services it will offer and of the tourists, who will come here. An interesting business venture constitutes the quarrying and sale to China of some jade. Quite a bit of money can be made (enough for a 200-series Land Cruiser) through sale of trees to China over summer. The local wild steeps are also home to a very potent trait of cannabis.

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