KIAKHTA. The house of the merchant Lushnikov, built in 1830-ties, (general view and detail of the stone gates). This house was frequented by the Decembrists Nikolai and Mikhail Bestuzhev. Here Nikolai Przhevalsky stayed before undertaking his expeditions to Mongolia, Tibet and Northern China in 1870 and 1883. He also stayed here after completing his 1880 expedition to Tibet. In 1892, Grigori and Alexandra Potanina and Vladimir Obruchev stayed here before undertaking their expeditions. And the soil expert and scientist Dmitry Prianishnikov was born in this house in 1865. Photo: O. Kuzmin and A. Falamov