About WWW Irkutsk

What is this site about?

WWW Irkutsk is dedicated to the city of Irkutsk and the area of Baikal Lake in Siberia, Russia. The main goal of the site is to give a complex and sophisticated view on this area, free of superstition, political prejudices or journalist stamps. The target audience of the site is the general public worldwide, in particular tourists, businesspeople, investors, government institutions, politicians, expatriates, as well as the local community. The main goal of the authors is to provide maximum information about the city and region. The design of the site is kept simple to make the information easy to navigate.

What I can find at WWW Irkutsk?

The site provides city information and maps. Looking at the photos on WWW Irkutsk, you can take an imaginary journey through the city and to Lake Baikal.
Short essays explain the history of Irkutsk, introduce you to the economic situation there, and inform you about business activities. For planning your trip to the Irkutsk area, you can find detailed data on the climate of the region and the schedules of the most important flight connections, as well as those of water transport on the Angara and Lake Baikal.
Information about tourism, culture, and social life give you an idea of what is happening in the area.
The site also gives a detailed description of the scientific institutes and the main trends of scientific activity of the Irkutsk Scientific Centre.

Where is the site situated?

The physical server is situated in Irkutsk, on the left bank of Angara river at the ISP company "Business Net - Irkutsk". There are several mirror servers in the U.S.A. All mirror sites are updated simpultaneously. Entry points are:

Who is behind WWW Irkutsk?

The chef editor and webmaster of WWW Irkutsk is Fedor Babanine. There are several permanent and occasional authors who contribute articles from time to time. See the copyright notice at the bottom of each. We occasionally use the services of the E-lance community for small technical jobs. WWW Irkutsk is not affiliated with any administrative entity or political party and it maintains a deliberately neutral and informed position. If you want to contribute your article to WWW Irkutsk please write to: editors@irkutsk.org


WWW Irkutsk was established in September 1995. The number of hits has now reached 30000 per month.
The server is linked to about 400 pages worldwide and has been evaluated by Lycos as a site 100% relevant to Irkutsk.
The site took part in the organization of the Irkutsk Friend's Meeting and in the organization of a free English course for the children of Irkutsk.
It also accepted several students, amongst them some from other countries, for practical placements.
WWW Irkutsk established communication services, thus giving people the ability to reach each other easily, even to communicate without the help of the telephone.
It is the biggest Internet provider in Irkutsk, serving up to 50% of the local Internet connections.
You can find us in Lycos, Yahoo, Altavista, Info$eek, City.net, Open Text Index, WebCrawler, Galaxy, Manifest, and MetroScope.
The server was reviewed in the book: "Internet Yellow Pages", and is a member of the Association of Russian City Webservers.
A special programme of Radio Liberty was dedicated to the WWW Irkutsk server and the Irkutsk Computer Centre, whose work was described as invaluable for the city as well as the private lives of individuals.
It is a member of the Friends and Partners programme and is mirrored on their server.
Irkutsk Computer Center received a grant from the Eurasia Foundation for connecting the local Non-Governmental-Organizations (NGOs).
The server attracts about one visitor per week who makes the decision to come to Irkutsk and the Baikal area after having visited WWW Irkutsk (according to our evaluations).
WWW Irkutsk was rated amongst the 10% Most Informative Servers by OGS Quality Links.
In September 1996 WWW Irkutsk received two awards and established a mirror site in the USA.
It is listed in Yahoo under 3 categories
In summer 1998 WWW Irkutsk site was included on Microsoft Expedia Travel and the AutoRoute Express CD-ROM
WWW irkutsk is the Excite Travel Site for Irkutsk
Top rated Website by Lycos Destination Guide. See also Lycos City Guide.
WWW Irkutsk is a partner in the World Heritage Information Network, UNESCO

This server is ranked amongst the 10% Most Informative WWW Servers by OGS Quality Links

Top 10% of All Russian Web Picks, from Alive! networks


I wish to express my sincere appreciations to Alexei Babanine for his consulting on any technical and organizing problems.
A big thank you to here for her impressions about Irkutsk and Baikal).
Many thanks to Friends and Partners and Greg Cole, who provided the server for the mirror site in the USA.
Special thanks to Gleb Stupin for his great efforts to support the connection of our server to INTERNET.
A big thank you to P. Bachteler , H. Fischer and Landratsamt Zollernalbkreis (Local Council Zollern), Germany for providing equipment for our work.
I sincerely thank Fred Robinson for his great permanent support.
Great thanks to Voitov O.N.  for his everyday support of this activity.

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