Originally Posted by szeder
No idea what the brown and purple lines mean, though; it was just an illustration to some general news article about Russia and Putyin.
Those lines might be part of the "futuristic" Siberia-Alaska railroad/pipeline construction project... Given Russia's and Canada's oil and natural gas reservers, the project might makes sense... Obviously, there are plans to do it in Russia:
Canada is considering a railroad as an alternative to the Keystone XL and to have better access to the Chinese market: