ABSTRACT

This chapter discusses the Southern Yakutian Territorial Production Complex, Victor Mote argues that further development of this region has been the subject of considerable debate within Gosplan. Philip Pryde and Victor Mote argue that the vast majority of the Far East will never be developed because of environmental constraints, yet the portion that is amenable to development has considerable potential. Robert North’s study of transportation in the Far East argues that the standard Soviet attitude towards transportation development in a frontier region differs from that in the west, particularly that of northern Canada. Transportation is seen as a leader of economic development; there has been a consistent underestimation of the stimulating effects of transport investment. Michael Bradshaw’s focus is on Soviet Far Eastern trade. In the 1970s the region benefitted from a basic complementarity with the resource-poor industrial economy of Japan.