Appendix 2: Biographical Information of Characters
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425 Anuchin, Dmitry (1833–1900) was appointed governor-general of East Siberia in 1879. One of the hallmarks of his legacy was the passing of the South Ussuri Settlement Law of 1882, which offered prospective settlers from overpopulated southwestern Russia fifteen desyatinas of land (16.35 hectares) per person, five years of tax exemption, food provisions for eighteen months, tools, construction materials, agricultural equipment, and transport from Odessa to Vladivostok. This heralded the second major wave of immigration to the region (1882–1907), in which 243,000 peasants opted for relocation (Stephan 1994). Anuchinsky County and its administrative seat (the village of Anuchino) were named after him. Balk, Sergey Z. (1866–1913) was an officer in the Russian Navy who came to the Far East in 1895. He was a bear of a man, a heavy drinker, and generally a largerthan -lifecharacter;somanystoriesaboutBalkoccurinthenavalfolklorethatone student of the subject was stunned to discover he was a real person. At the time he met Arsenyev, Balk was the captain of the destroyer Bezshumny. Balk committed suicide while serving in the Baltic Fleet (Emelin and Emelina 2007). Berg, Lev Semyonovich (1876–1950) was a geographer and biologist who interacted with explorers of the Russian Far East such as Arsenyev and others. He excelled under the Soviet regime and served as the president of the Geographical Society of the USSR from 1940 until his death (A. Khisamutdinov, pers. comm.) Bryner, Jules (1849–1920), called Yuli in Russian, was a Swiss entrepreneur. He served as a galley boy on a pirate ship as a teenager before fleeing that life during a port-of-call in Shanghai, where he began working for a silk exporter. He eventually moved to Japan, started a family, and amassed wealth and contacts as the owner of a shipping business. In 1874 he moved his business to the young town of Vladivostok, abandoning his wife and two daughters in Japan. He secured rights to mine the Tyutikhe River valley in 1897 and built the settlement of Tyutikhe (now the city of Dalnegorsk) around that enterprise, at one time employing three thousand miners. He died four months before the birth of his grandson, actor Yul Brynner (who added an extra “n” to his last name; Brynner 2006). Appendix 2 Biographical Information of Characters 426 Appendix 2 Bordakov, Petr P. (1882–1945) was a geographer who took part in Arsenyev’s 1907 expedition (detailed in Arsenyev’s 1923 book Dersu Uzala) and went on to become a well-known scientist in his own right. Interestingly, Bordakov, not Arsenyev , was actually the first person to describe Dersu Uzala to the public; he did so in his article “Dersu Uzala: A Tale of the Taiga” published in the newspaper Priamurye in 1909 (Yegorchev 2014). Budishchev, Aleksandr F. (1830–1868) led expeditions from 1860 to 1867 that vastly expanded Russian knowledge of the Ussuri Kray. A forester by training, he explored the forests, mountains, and coast to generate detailed land-cover descriptions and 1:1,250,000-scale maps (where 12.5 km = 1 cm) of both the interior and coast. He died of unclear causes en route to Irkutsk in 1868, at the age of thirty-eight (Zakharenko 2009). Buturlin,SergeiAleksandrovich(1872–1938)wasanornithologistwhotookpart in multiple expeditions to the Russian Arctic (Kalguyev, Novaya Zemlya, Sea of Okhotsk Chukotka, Kolyma). He acted as an advisor to explorers to the Russian Far East, including Arsenyev (A. Khisamutdinov, pers. comm.). Chersky, Aleksandr Ivanovich (1879–1921) was a researcher at the Museum of the Society for the Study of the Far East who compiled a variety of scientific collections of flora and fauna of the region, including the first catalogue of bird species of the southern Russian Far East. In 1919 he was stationed on the remote Commander Islands in the Bering Sea, where he served as the senior observer for the Administration of Fisheries and Marine Industries in the Far East. However, given the instability of the Russian Civil War, he was essentially abandoned there. After two years of no information from the mainland, and repeated attacks and threats by poachers who would land on the island and demand money and alcohol from the scientist, Chersky eventually committed suicide. Desulava, Nahum Avgustovich (1860–1933) took part in several expeditions to the Russian Far East, including one of Arsenyev’s. He emigrated to Manchuria following the Russian Civil War (A. Khisamutdinov, pers. comm.). Edelstein, Yakov Samoylovich (1869–1952) was a leading geologist who conducted research throughout the Russian Empire and...


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  • Ussuri River Valley (Russia and China) -- Description and travel.
  • Natural history -- Ussuri River Valley (Russia and China).
  • Dersu Uzala.
  • Arsenʹev, V. K. (Vladimir Klavdievich), 1872-1930 -- Travel -- Ussuri River Valley (Russia and China).
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