Thursday, March 20, 2014

Russia’s completely isolated Baltic city

Notice anything funny about this map? 

Konigsberg Kaliningrad

What is that unlabeled wedge in between Poland and Lithuania?

If you don’t already know, then you probably wouldn’t guess the answer: Russia.

At the end of World War II, Russia captured Königsberg, which at the time was a mostly German speaking area of East Prussia.  The Germans who didn’t flee were expelled by the Soviets, who renamed the city Kaliningrad.

And that’s why Russia still controls a Baltic port area of a million people almost 750 miles from Moscow that used to be home to German philosopher Immanuel Kant.

Hat tip to James Bernsen.