Kurilsk, Russia

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Sea of Okhotsk Sea of Okhotsk Sea of Okhotsk
Sea of Okhotsk Kurilsk Iturup Island E
Kunashir Island Iturup Island S Pacific Ocean

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This graticule contains the middle section of Iturup island, including the town of Kurilsk.

The island is currently administered by Russia, but Japan also claims sovereignty. This dispute is an ongoing source of friction between the two countries.

Iturup is known in Japan as Etorofu (択捉). The island is part of the Kuril archipelago. The disputed islands (which include Kunashir, Shikotan and the Khabomai rocks to the southwest) are known in Japan as the Northern Territories (北方領土).