A guide to the New East
Special report
Great journeys
From the Ukrainian steppe to the volcanoes of Kamchatka, across Central Asian desert and Siberian tundra, the wild landscapes of the new east lend themselves to adventure. Our correspondents have crossed this vast territory by train, boat, bus and car. Here are their dispatches from the road less travelled.
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New East

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I took a year-long road trip across 15 former Soviet states. Here's what I saw



Two weeks on a train. It’s kind of an existential journey


Sea change

Meet the man who quit his day job for 6 months on a fishing boat to the far east



Moscow’s commuter trains are a strange but fabulous microcosm of human life


Letter from

Altai, wilderness on the edge of change


Outside in

What can you learn about Ukraine from two decades of travels?


Red route

Following the new 1833km gas pipeline from China to Turkmenistan

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Letter from Abkhazia

A former jewel in the Soviet crown hoping to sparkle once more

Letter from the Ćiro Trail

A breathtaking bike trail along an abandoned railway in the Balkans

24 hours in Lviv

Make the most of your next trip to west Ukraine’s tourism capital


Explore the enduring Russian influence on Germany’s young capital

Moscow on camera

Our guide to the hidden wonders of Russia’s capital, as seen on Instagram

Letter from Olkhon

Is Lake Baikal’s ancient shamanic island under threat?