I mean the gulags couldn't have been that bad! Just look at the fun shape of the Siberian Federal District!
One of eight federal districts in the Russian Federation, the Siberian Federal District includes several lesser polities including the Omsk and Tomsk Oblasts, the Republic of Khakassia and the Tuva Republic.
I guess this helps explain throat singing?
I guess this last one is "technically" from "Mongolia", but you get the idea.