IRKUTSK is a 351 year old Russian Siberian city. In 1652, Ivan Pokhabov built a zimovye (winter quarters) near the site of Irkutsk for gold trading and for the collection of fur taxes from the Buryats. In 1661, Yakov Pokhabov built the ostrog nearby.
LISTVYANKA is an urban-type settlement in Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, situated seventy kilometres from Irkutsk, near the point where the Angara River leaves Lake Baikal. Listvyanka is accessible by bus or ferry from Irkutsk. Its population is 1,882 (2010 Census).
Olkhon is the fourth-largest lake-bound island in the world. It is by far the largest island in Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia, with an area of 730 km² (280 sq. miles). Olkhon has a dramatic combination of terrain and is rich in archeological landmarks.