The bright side

Vladivostok's Revolution Square. Photo: Reuters

David Kootnikoff looks for the positives in Vladivostok: an endearing mix of history, politics and culture.

Monday, 17 September, 2012, 4:54pm

Russia bets billions on turn towards Asia with Apec summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin inspects Vladivostok airport ahead of the Apec summit this week. Photo: AFP

Once a mysterious closed city during Soviet times, Vladivostok is ready to strut in the world spotlight as host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

65 Chinese fishermen set free by Russia

Russia yesterday released nearly all the Chinese fishermen it detained late last month, with the exception of four captains, according to China News Service.

Russian border authorities told the state news agency that 65 fishermen from four boats were being sent home after they were arrested for crossing into Russian waters in two separate incidents last month.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:14pm

'It was just a robbery'

Former senior legal colleagues Kevin Egan and Clive Grossman think they know what might have happened to Gary Alderdice on June 24, 1994, in Vladivostok.

Mr Egan said a man with an indeterminable accent he had met in a private club in Hong Kong about 18 months ago had told him the most convincing story.

19 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

The taming of the Wild East

Vladimir has already been out on the ice for more than two hours, but he's got nothing to show for it. He sits on an upturned crate tugging at a fishing line that disappears through a small hole in the ice, his ruddy cheeks getting progressively redder.

24 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Friends bid fond farewell to Alderdice

HUNDREDS of people gathered yesterday for what will almost certainly be the final chapter in a tale which began in Hong Kong and ended violently in a tiny Vladivostok apartment.

They were gathered for a memorial service dedicated to a man known and loved for his gregarious nature, will to win and love of all life had to offer.

31 Aug 1994 - 12:00am

A timetable that ends in tragedy

EVENTS leading up to the deaths of Gary Alderdice and his Russian lover, Natalia Samofalova, in Vladivostok: August, 1993: Samofalova arrives in Macau from China.

October 8, 1993: She starts work at the Skylight club as a ''dancer''.

3 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

New Shenzhen rises in the north

THE demise of communism in the Soviet Union has given birth to a new Shenzhen in China.

Cross-border trade with Russia is growing rapidly in the remote north-eastern region of the mainland, transforming a once small garrison town into a fast-expanding Wild West-style Shenzhen.

25 Jul 1993 - 12:00am

Russia lifts iron curtain on tourists

RUSSIA has always attracted travellers with its magnificent palaces, superb culture and awe-inspiring scenery.

For many years, much of what Russia had to offer was cut off, but now the country is opening up again.

At the same time, Russian travel agents and tour operators are appearing at trade fairs.

3 Jun 1993 - 12:00am