how did russia get all of siberia? weren't there countries, or people there in the beginning, that found a way to live?
Sure there were - leaders / government moved dissenters aside (one way or the other) and imposed Communist Socialism whereby ALL belonged to the state / the party - bucking the party usually resulted in many years in prison or worse for citizens - a system that eventually collapsed - I hope and pray this Great country doesn't follow this same path.
Shouda see and how big it was when it was called the U.S.S.R. !
same question WHY DID AMERICA GET ALASKA?