Russia reached the pacific coast in 1647 with the establishment of okhotsk and consolidated its control over the russian far east in the 19th century after the annexation of part of chinese manchuria primorskaya oblast was established as a separate administrative division of the russian empire in 1856 with its administrative center at khabarovsk . The russian far east today reverberates with autonomist rhetoric but if the region is no longer an appanage it is still far short of independence for the time being the robust tradition of cosmopolitanism is reinventing itself under the banner of capitalism reexamining twentieth century history through a far eastern prism the book offers . Wedged between china korea japan and the united states the russian far east has for centuries been a meeting ground for eurasian and american peoples and cultures conventionally regarded as perimeter it is in fact a collage of overlapping borderlands with a distinct historical identity based on a quarter century of research by a leading authority on the area this is a monumental survey . Pages in category history of the russian far east the following 30 pages are in this category out of 30 total this list may not reflect recent changes . The russian far east gateway to asia constituting over one third of russias territory home to major natural resource deposits and essential to maintaining increasingly valuable asian trade routes the far east federal district is a strategically important asset for russia about half of the districts
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