For years Russians deported criminals to Siberia, then were forced to import women to deal with a surfeit of lawlessness among the new residents. It remains a less than desirable locale.
The source: “Unruly Felons and Civilizing Wives: Cultivating Marriage in the Siberian Exile System, 1822–1860” by Abby M. Schrader, in Slavic Review, Summer 2007.
The year 1753 marked the enactment of a great reform in Russia under Empress Elizabeth: the replacement of death sentences with banishment to Siberia. It
wasn’t long, however, before the accelerating...