The Politics of Russia’s Primorsky Krai

Most nine-hour journeys from Moscow land you on the east coast of the United States. But that is assuming one is flying westward over the Atlantic or crossing the pond, as the Brits like to fondly refer to transatlantic destinations. But a nine-hour journey flying eastwards, over seven time-zones across the Urals and over Siberia, wouldn’t necessarily get you to Japan. It would get you close-right to the eastern border of Russia, the port city of Vladivostok.

Vladivostok is a peculiar place for many reasons. As maritime expert Rockford Weitz reminds us, most…