region in N Asia, between the Urals & the Pacific: Asian section of Russia: c. 5,208,000 sq mi (13,488,667 sq km): notorious for its harsh climatic conditions & isolated location
A region of central and eastern Russia stretching from the Ural Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Inhabited by a variety of peoples including the Ostyak, Chukchi, Evenki, and Yakut, Siberia was annexed by Russia in stages during the 1500s and 1600s. Long used as a place of exile for political prisoners, Siberia began to be developed for its mineral resources after the completion of the Trans-Siberian Railroad in the early 20th century.
A remote undesirable locale: “exiled to the Registry of Motor Vehicles—the Siberia of state government” ( Howie Carr )