|- City -|
A pedestrian street in central Chelyabinsk
|City Day||13 September|
|Administrative status (as of September 2011)|
|Federal subject||Chelyabinsk Oblast|
|Administratively subordinated to||City of Chelyabinsk|
|Administrative center of||Chelyabinsk Oblast, City of Chelyabinsk|
|Municipal status (as of September 2011)|
|Urban okrug||Chelyabinsky Urban Okrug|
|Administrative center of||Chelyabinsky Urban Okrug|
|Head||Stanislav Mosharov|
|Representative body||Council|
|Population (2010 Census)||1,130,132 inhabitants|
|- Rank in 2010||9th|
|Time zone||YEKT (UTC+06:00)|
|Dialing code(s)||+7 351|
Chelyabinsk (Russian: Челябинск; IPA: [tɕɪˈlʲæbʲɪnsk] ( listen)) is a city and the administrative center of Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia, located in the northeast of the oblast, 210 kilometers (130 mi) south of Yekaterinburg, just to the east of the Ural Mountains, on the Miass River, on the border of Europe and Asia. Population: 1,130,132 (2010 Census); 1,077,174 (2002 Census); 1,141,777 (1989 Census).
The fortress of Chelyaba, from which the city takes its name, was founded in the place of a Bashkir village Chelyaby by a colonel Alexey (Kutlu-Muhammed) Tevkelev to protect the surrounding trade routes from possible attacks by Bashkir outlaws. During the Pugachev's Rebellion the fortress withstood a siege by the rebel forces in 1774, but was eventually captured for several months in 1775. In 1782, as a part of the Ufa Viceroyalty that was later reformed into the Orenburg Governorate, Chelyabinsk became a center of a its own uyezd and finally was granted with a town status and its current name in 1787.
Until the late 19th century Chelyabinsk was a small provincial town. In 1892 the Samara-Zlatoust railway that connected it with Moscow and the rest of European Russia was completed. At the same the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway started, in 1896 the city was tied with Yekaterinburg. Soon Chelyabinsk started turning into a major trade center, its population reached 20,000 inhabitants by 1897, 45,000 by 1913 and 70,000 by 1917.
For several months during the Russian Civil War, Chelyabinsk was held by the White movement and Czechoslovak Legions, becoming a center for splinters of the Romanian Volunteer Corps in Russia. The city later fell to Bolshevik Russian forces. In September 1919 a new Chelyabinsk Governorate was created out of the eastern parts of the Orenburg Governorate and the south-west of the Tobolsk Governorate. It lasted only til 1923 when it was absorbed into the Ural Oblast established as a part of the Soviet administrative reform.
During the first Five-Year Plans of the 1930s Chelyabinsk experienced rapid industrial growth. Several establishments, including the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant and the Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant, were built at this time. During World War II, Joseph Stalin decided to move a large part of Soviet factory production to places out of the way of the advancing German armies in late 1941. This brought new industries and thousands of workers to Chelyabinsk—still essentially a small city. Several enormous facilities for the production of T-34 tanks and Katyusha rocket launchers existed in Chelyabinsk, which became known as "Tankograd" (Tank City). Chelyabinsk was essentially built from scratch during this time. A small town existed before this, signs of which can be found in the centre of the city. The S.M. Kirov Factory no. 185 moved here from Leningrad to produce heavy tanks — it was transferred to Omsk after 1962.
2013 meteor 
Shortly after dawn on 15 February 2013, a superbolide meteor descended at over 55,000 kilometers per hour (34,000 mph) over the Ural Mountains, exploding at an altitude of 25–30 km (16–19 miles)[dubious ] in a momentary flash as bright as the sun and generating a shockwave that injured more than 1,000 people. Fragments fell in and around Chelyabinsk. Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said 1,100 people had called for medical assistance following the incident, mostly for treatment of injuries from glass broken by the explosions. One woman suffered a broken spine. Kolesnikov also said about 600 square meters (6,000 sq ft) of a roof at a zinc factory had collapsed. A spokeswoman for the Emergency Ministry told the Associated Press that there was a meteor shower, but another ministry spokeswoman was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying it was a single meteor. The size has been estimated at 17 m diameter with a mass of 10,000 or 11,000 tonnes.
Administrative and municipal status 
Chelyabinsk is the administrative center of the oblast. Within the framework of administrative divisions, it is incorporated as the City of Chelyabinsk—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts. As a municipal division, the City of Chelyabinsk is incorporated as Chelyabinsky Urban Okrug.
|Climate data for Chelyabinsk|
|Average high °C (°F)||−10.5
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−14.1
|Average low °C (°F)||−19.0
|Precipitation mm (inches)||17
|Avg. precipitation days||6||4||4||5||7||9||10||9||7||8||7||7||83|
|Source #1: Pogoda.ru.net|
|Source #2: World Meteorological Organization (precipitation days only)|
There are over a dozen universities in Chelyabinsk. The oldest, Chelyabinsk State Agroengineering Academy, was founded in 1930. It was followed by the Chelyabinsk State Pedagogical University in 1934. The main ones are South Ural State University, Chelyabinsk State University and Chelyabinsk Medical Academy. After the World War II Chelyabinsk became the main center of vocational education of the entire Ural region.
Chelyabinsk is one of the major industrial centers of Russia. Heavy industry predominates, especially metallurgy and military machinery, notably the Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Combinate (CMK, ChMK), Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant (CTZ, ChTZ), Chelyabinsk Electrode plant (CHEZ), Chelyabinsk Tube Rolling Plant (ChTPZ) and Chelyabinsk Forge-and-Press Plant (ChKPZ).
Public transportation 
Public transport of Chelyabinsk is represented by a bus lines network (since 1925), tram (1932) and trolleybus (1942) systems, as well as private marshrutka services.
Chelyabinsk Metro 
Chelyabinsk started construction of a three-line subway network in the early 1980s. It is proceeding slowly using the New Austrian Tunneling method. Pending financing, the opening of the first section is scheduled for 2017.
The city is served by the Chelyabinsk Airport.
Several sports clubs are active in the city:
|Traktor Chelyabinsk||Ice Hockey||1947||Kontinental Hockey League||1st||Traktor Arena|
|Chelmet Chelyabinsk||Ice Hockey||1948||Higher Hockey League||2nd||Yunost Sports Palace|
|Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk||Ice Hockey||2009||Minor Hockey League||Jr. 1st||Traktor Arena|
|FC Chelyabinsk||Football||1977||Russian Second Division||3rd||Central Stadium|
|Sintur Chelyabinsk||Futsal||1997||Futsal Supreme League||2nd||USURT Sports Complex|
|Avtodor-Metar Chelyabinsk||Volleyball||1976||Woman's Volleyball Supreme League||2nd||Metar-Yunost Sports Palace|
Notable people 
- Georgy Ratner (1923–2001), surgeon, born in Chelyabinsk
- Makhmut Gareev (born 1923), historian and military scientist, born and grew up in Chelyabinsk
- Vladimir Nebylitsyn (1930–1972), psychologist and pedagogist, grew up in Chelyabinsk
- Svyatoslav Belza (born 1942), musical scholar, critic and essayist, born in Chelyabinsk
- Evgeny Sveshnikov (born 1950), chess grandmaster and writer, born and grew up in Chelyabinsk, created Chelyabinsk Variation of Sicilian Defence
- Galina Starovoytova (1946–1998), politician and human rights activist, born in Chelyabinsk
- Oleg Mityaev (born 1956), singer-songwriter and actor, born, grew up and came into prominence in Chelyabinsk
- Viktor Khristenko (born 1957), politician, Russian Minister of Industry, born in Chelyabinsk, South Ural State University graduate
- Nelli Rokita (born 1957), Polish politician, born in Chelyabinsk
- Valery Gopin (born 1964), handball player, 1988 and 1992 Olympic champion
- Mikhail Yurevich (born 1969), politician, governor of the Chelyabinsk Oblast since 2010, born in Chelyabinsk and graduated from South Ural State University
- Yelena Yelesina (born 1970), high jumper, 2000 Olympics gold medalist, born and grew up in Chelyabinsk
- Maksim Surayev (born 1972), cosmonaut, born in Chelyabinsk
- Eugene Roshal, software developer, creator of RAR file format and WinRAR archiver, born in Chelyabinsk, graduated from South Ural State University
- Lera Auerbach (born 1973), composer and musician, born and grew up in Chelyabinsk
- Yekaterina Gamova (born 1980), Olympic volleyball player, born and grew up in Chelyabinsk
- Anna Trebunskaya (born 1980), ballroom and Latin dancer, born in Chelyabinsk
- Mariya Savinova, athlete, 2012 Olympics gold medalist, born in Chelyabinsk
- Helen Roberts, athlete and American college basketball player
- Ivan Ukhov (born 1986), high jumper, 2012 Olympics gold medalist, born in Chelyabinsk
- Mansur Isaev (born 1986), judoka, 2012 Olympics champion, lives in Chelyabinsk
- Ariel, Soviet pop rock band
Ice hockey players 
- Sergei Babinov (born 1955), Soviet player, Canada Cup champion
- Sergei Makarov (born 1958), NHL player, Olympic champion
- Oļegs Znaroks (born 1963), Soviet and German player, KHL coach
- Evgeny Davydov (born 1967), NHL player, USSR champion
- Sergei Gonchar (born 1974), NHL player, Stanley Cup champion
- Andrei Nazarov (born 1974), NHL player and KHL coach
- Dmitri Tertyshny (1976–1999), Russian Superleague and NHL player
- Dmitri Kalinin (born 1980), NHL and KHL player, Gagarin Cup champion
- Danis Zaripov (born 1981), KHL player, Gagarin Cup champion
- Stanislav Chistov (born 1983), NHL and KHL player
- Slava Voynov (born 1990), NHL and AHL player, Stanley Cup champion
International relations 
Twin towns and sister cities 
- Resolution #161
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- Правительство Российской Федерации. Постановление №725 от 31 августа 2011 г. «О составе территорий, образующих каждую часовую зону, и порядке исчисления времени в часовых зонах, а также о признании утратившими силу отдельных Постановлений Правительства Российской Федерации». Вступил в силу по истечении 7 дней после дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Российская Газета", №197, 6 сентября 2011 г. (Government of the Russian Federation. Resolution #725 of August 31, 2011 On the Composition of the Territories Included into Each Time Zone and on the Procedures of Timekeeping in the Time Zones, as Well as on Abrogation of Several Resolutions of the Government of the Russian Federation. Effective as of after 7 days following the day of the official publication.).
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- "Russian Federation Cities dialing codes" (ZIP 34.4KB) (in Russian).
- "Investing in Chelyabinsk city". Invest in Russia. Retrieved 2013-02-14.
- "Murzina" (PDF).
- "Invest in Ural". Invest in Ural. Retrieved 2013-02-14.
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- "Meteorite hits Russian Urals: Fireball explosion wreaks havoc, up to 1,200 injured (PHOTOS, VIDEO)". RT. 15 February 2013.
- Plait, Phil (15 February 2013). "Breaking: Huge Meteor Blazes Across Sky Over Russia; Sonic Boom Shatters Windows [UPDATED]". Slate. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- "Meteor strikes Earth in Russia's Urals". Pravda. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- "400 Injured by Meteorite Falls in Russian Urals". Associated Press. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- Agle, D. C. (13 February 2013). "Russia Meteor Not Linked to Asteroid Flyby". NASA news. NASA. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- Sreeja, VN (4 March 2013). "New Asteroid '2013 EC' Similar To Russian Meteor To Pass Earth At A Distance Less Than Moon's Orbit". International Business Times. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
- Yeomans, Don; Chodas, Paul (1 March 2013). "Additional Details on the Large Fireball Event over Russia on Feb. 15, 2013". NASA/JPL Near-Earth Object Program Office. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
- "Weather and Climate (Погода и Климат – Климат Челябинска)" (in Russian). Pogoda.ru.net. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
- "World Weather Information Service – Cheljabinsk". World Meteorological Organization. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
- "Sister cities".
- Законодательное Собрание Челябинской области. Постановление №161 от 25 мая 2006 г. «Об утверждении перечня муниципальных образований (административно-территориальных единиц) Челябинской области и населённых пунктов, входящих в их состав», в ред. Постановления №1178 от 25 октября 2012 г. «О внесении изменений в некоторые постановления Законодательного Собрания Челябинской области». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Южноуральская панорама", №111-112, 14 июня 2006 г. (Legislative Assembly of Chelyabinsk Oblast. Resolution #161 of November 25, 2006 On Adoption of the Registry of the Municipal Formations (Administrative-Territorial Units) of Chelyabinsk Oblast and of the Inhabited Localities They Comprise, as amended by the Resolution #1178 of October 25, 2012 On Amending Various Resolutions of the Legislative Assembly of Chelyabinsk Oblast. Effective as of the official publication date.).
- Lennart Samuelson, Tankograd. The Formation of a Soviet Company Town: Cheliabinsk, 1900s–1950s (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
- Website about Chelyabinsk
- Chelyabinsk city portal (Russian)
- Chelyabinsk News Agency (Russian)
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Chelyabinsk". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.