By G. Mirfendereski
In a chain of brief tales that either tell and amuse, this booklet transports the reader around the windswept shorelines of the Caspian Sea and gives a provocative view of the wars, peace, intrigues, and betrayals that experience formed the political geography of this crucial and unstable sector. The loss of life of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the eclipsing of the previous Iranian-Soviet regime of the ocean have given upward push to new demanding situations for the nearby actors and exceptional possibilities for foreign gamers to faucet into the area's huge, immense oil and fuel assets, 3rd in measurement purely in the back of Siberia and the Persian Gulf. This booklet explores the old subject matters that tell and animate the extra instant and customary discussions approximately petroleum, pipelines, and ethnic clash within the Caspian area.
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With Anzali’s beacon at portside, the shah steamed westward, noting the great number of ships crowding the Anzali harbor. When the shah’s steamboat could go no further, the royal party switched to a bigger Russian steamer and continued sailing around Anzali, occasionally pausing to hunt waterfowl. On Wednesday, February 23, after lunch, in the afternoon, the shah went for a spin on one of the big Russian steamers. He sailed out in an easterly direction along the shoreline for some 18 miles toward the mouth of Sefidrud River, noting along the way the majestic mountains and the dense forests on the starboard.
The entrance, which was situated at the south side of the tower, was guarded by 10 guards, who saluted the visitors with swords. The tower on the west or northern part of Anzali stood some 94 feet tall and the smoke from its signal could be seen as far east as Piri Bazar. On the west or northern side of the straits of Anzali stood an additional pair of towers, both built on landfill. One had a single gun and the other housed two or three. In Melgunov’s Field Trip 37 all, Melgunov counted some 16 cannons at Anzali, large and small.
Almost every night, they would descend on a part of the coast in their karaji, raid villages, and take hostages. The governor of Astarabad had no maritime capability of his own to chase after the marauders. On land, his forces would chase the Turkmens into the hills when they could, but to no avail, because the inhabitants of the hills would not cooperate with the authorities. The Russian warships in the Caspian did not fare any better. For one thing, the Russian naval station in the southern Caspian at this time was on Sara Island, ten miles north of Lankoran on the opposite side of the sea, a considerable sailing distance away from Astarabad.
A Diplomatic History of the Caspian Sea: Treaties, Diaries, and Other Stories by G. Mirfendereski