The Unique History Of Urup Island, Russia

Urup Island Russia

The far-away island has a history as volatile as its volcanic origins. While inhabited originally by Ainu natives, the island quickly became a bone of contention between Japan and Russia. After World War Two, however, Japan renounced its claim and ceded it to Soviet forces.

Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox is the Managing Editor of All That Is Interesting. She holds a Master's Degree in International Relations, and works as a reporter/producer for DNAinfo.
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