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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kuril Monument Plan

VLADIVOSTOK, Far East () -- Residents of the Kuril Islands, a Pacific chain claimed by both Russia and Japan, plan to build a monument to the islands' early Russian settlers.

Regional officials, along with the South-Sakhalin and Kuril dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church, decided to erect the marker on Tanfiliyev, one of the southernmost islands in the chain, Itar-Tass said Friday.

Construction of the monument, which will be in the form of a cross, is estimated to cost 116 million rubles ($20,000).

Both Russia and Japan claim to have been the first to inhabit the Kurils. In this century, the islands were taken by Japan during the Russo-Japanese war, and then by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II.