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Kazan (English)
Казань (Russian)
Казан (Tatar)
-  City[1]  -
City of republic significance[1]
Kazan collage big.jpg
Various places in Kazan, Top:Night panorama view of Volga River and Kazan Kremlin, 2nd:Panorama view of Novo Savinovskiy area and Kazanka River, 3rd left:Suyumbike Tower in Poshkin Avenue, 3rd middle:Kul-Sharif Mosque, 3rd right:Spasskaya Tower, 4th left:Kazan Federal University in Botlerova Avenue, 4th middle:Kazan Epiphany Church in Baumana Avenue, 4th right:View of downtown Kazan, from Fizkorpos area, 5th left:Kazan Piramide Arena, 5th right:Kazan Circus Arena in Poshkin area, 6th left:Kozya Sloboda Station in Kazan Metro, 6th right:Kazan Farmer's Palace with Square in Vahitovskij area, Bottom left:Lebedvskiy Bridge and Bolaq Canal, Bottom middle:Night aerial view of Kazan, Bottom right:Kazan Millenium Bridge
Kazan is located in Tatarstan
Kazan
Kazan
Location of Kazan in the Republic of Tatarstan
Coordinates: 55°47′25″N 49°08′05″E / 55.79028°N 49.13472°E / 55.79028; 49.13472Coordinates: 55°47′25″N 49°08′05″E / 55.79028°N 49.13472°E / 55.79028; 49.13472
Coat of Arms of Kazan (Tatarstan) (2004).png
Flag of Kazan (Tatarstan).png
Coat of arms
Flag
City Day August 30[2]
Administrative status (as of February 2014)
Country Russia
Federal subject Republic of Tatarstan[1]
Administratively subordinated to city of republic significance of Kazan[1]
Capital of Republic of Tatarstan[citation needed]
Administrative center of city of republic significance of Kazan[1]
Municipal status (as of January 2012)
Urban okrug Kazan Urban Okrug[3]
Administrative center of Kazan Urban Okrug[3]
Mayor[4] Ilsur Metshin[4]
Representative body City Duma[5]
Statistics
Area 425.3 km2 (164.2 sq mi)[6]
Population (2010 Census) 1,143,535 inhabitants[7]
Rank in 2010 8th
Population (2013 est.) 1,176,187 inhabitants[8]
Density 2,689 /km2 (6,960 /sq mi)[9]
Time zone MSK (UTC+04:00)[10]
Founded 1005[11] (see text)
Postal code(s)[12] 420xxx
Dialing code(s) +7 843[13]
Official website
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Kazan (Russian: Каза́нь; IPA: [kɐˈzanʲ]; Tatar Cyrillic: Казан, Latin: Qazan) is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. With a population of 1,143,535, it is the eighth most populous city in Russia.[7] Kazan lies at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers in European Russia.

The Kazan Kremlin is a World Heritage Site. In 2005, the Medal "In Commemoration of the 1000th Anniversary of Kazan" was established by Russia to denote this landmark event. The multi-ethnic city is honored by UNESCO[14] and famous for Muslims and Christians living side-by-side in peace.

In April 2009, the Russian Patent Office granted Kazan the right to brand itself as the "Third Capital" of Russia.[15] In 2009 it was chosen as the "Sports capital of Russia"[16] and it still is referred to as such.[17] The city hosted the 2013 Summer Universiade, 2014 World Fencing Championships and will host the 2015 World Aquatics Championships, and 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Etymology[edit]

The origin of the name Kazan is uncertain. The most accepted legends derive it from the Bulgar (and also modern Tatar) word qazan, which means 'boiler' or 'cauldron'. One legend claims that the city was named after the river Kazanka, which was named after the son of a Bulgar governor dropped a copper cauldron into it.[18] Other local legends claim that the city was named for the resemblance of the hill on which it sits to an upturned cauldron.

History[edit]

Main article: History of Kazan

Middle Ages[edit]

There is a long-running dispute as to whether Kazan was founded by the Muslim Volga Bulgars in the early Middle Ages or by the Tatars of the Golden Horde in the mid-15th century, as written records before the latter period are sparse. If there was a Bulgar city on the site, estimates of the date of its foundation range from the early 11th century to the late 13th century (see Iske Qazan). It was a border post between Volga Bulgaria and two Finnic tribes, the Mari and the Udmurt. Another vexatious question is where the citadel was built originally. Archaeological explorations have produced evidence of urban settlement in three parts of the modern city: in the Kremlin; in Bişbalta at the site of the modern Zilantaw monastery; and near the Qaban lake. The oldest of these seems to be the Kremlin.

If Kazan existed in the 11th and 12th centuries, it could have been a stop on a Volga trade route from Scandinavia to Baghdad. It was a trade center, and possibly a major city for Bulgar settlers in the Kazan region, although their capital was further south at the city of Bolğar.

After the Mongols devastated the Bolğar and Bilär areas in the 13th century, either the surviving Bulgars recuperated in numbers and were assimilated by a small number of Kipchaks from whom they adopted their language (a position known as Bulgarism), or Kipchaks and Bulgars intermixed to create the modern Kazan Tatar population. Kazan became a center of a duchy which was a dependency of the Golden Horde. Two centuries later, in the 1430s, Kipchak descendants of Genghis Khan, such as Ghiasetdin of Kazan), usurped power from its Bolghar dynasty.

Some Tatars also went to Lithuania, brought by Vytautas the Great.

In 1438, after the destruction of the Golden Horde, Kazan became the capital of the powerful Khanate of Kazan. The city bazaar, Taş Ayaq (Stone Leg)' became the most important trade center in the region, especially for furniture. Craft-based manufacturing also thrived, as the city gained a reputation for its leather and gold goods, as well as for the opulence of its palaces and mosques. The citadel and Bolaq channel were reconstructed, giving the city a strong defensive capacity. The Russians managed to occupy the city briefly several times.

Russian Tsardom period[edit]

Annunciation Cathedral of Kazan Kremlin, 1561–1562

As a result of the Siege of Kazan, Russia under Ivan the Terrible conquered the city for good and the majority of the population was massacred.[citation needed] During the governorship of Alexander Gorbatyi-Shuisky, most of the khanates's Tatar residents were killed or forcibly Christianized.[citation needed] Mosques and palaces were ruined.[citation needed] The surviving Tatar population was moved to a place 50 kilometers (31 mi) away from the city and this place was forcibly settled by Russian farmers and soldiers. Tatars in the Russian service were settled in the Tatar Bistäse settlement near the city's wall. Later Tatar merchants and handicraft masters also settled there. During this period, Kazan was largely destroyed as a result of several great fires. After one of them in 1579, the icon Our Lady of Kazan was discovered in the city.

In the early 17th century, at the beginning of the Time of Troubles in Russia, the Tsardom of Kazan declared independence with the help of the Russian population, but this independence was suppressed by Kuzma Minin in 1612.[citation needed]

Russian Empire period[edit]

Kazan city map from the 19th century, Russian edition

In 1708, the Tsardom of Kazan was abolished, and Kazan became the seat of Kazan Governorate. After Peter the Great's visit, the city became a center of shipbuilding for the Caspian fleet. The major Russian poet Gavrila Derzhavin was born in Kazan in 1743, the son of a poor country squire of Tatar ancestry though himself having a thoroughly Russian identity.

Kazan was largely destroyed in 1774 as a result of the Pugachev revolt (1774–1776), an uprising by border troops and peasants led by the Don Cossack ataman (Captain) Yemelyan Pugachev, but the city, formerly largely of timber construction, was soon afterwards rebuilt, using stone and according to a grid pattern plan, during the reign of Catherine the Great. Catherine also decreed that mosques could again be built in Kazan, the first being Marjani Mosque.

At the beginning of the 19th century Kazan State University and printing press were founded by Alexander I. It became an important center for Oriental Studies in Russia. The Qur'an was first printed in Kazan in 1801. Kazan became an industrial center and peasants migrated there to join its industrial workforce. In 1875, a horse tramway appeared; 1899 saw the installation of a tramway. After the Russian Revolution of 1905, Tatars were allowed to revive Kazan as a Tatar cultural center. The first Tatar theater and the first Tatar newspaper appeared.

Soviet period[edit]

In 1917 Kazan became one of the revolution centers. In 1918, Kazan was the capital of the Idel-Ural State, which was suppressed by the Bolshevist government. In the Kazan Operation of August 1918, it was briefly occupied by Czechoslovak Legions. In 1920 (after the October Revolution), Kazan became the center of Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. In the 1920s and 1930s, most of the city's mosques and churches were destroyed, as occurred elsewhere in the USSR.[citation needed] During World War II, many industrial plants and factories to the west were relocated in Kazan, making the city a center of the military industry, producing tanks and planes. After the war Kazan consolidated as an industrial and scientific center. In 1979, the city's population reached one million.

Modern period[edit]

Dmitry Medvedev visits Kazan

In the late 1980s and in the 1990s, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Kazan again became the center of Tatar culture and identity, and separatist tendencies intensified. With the return of capitalism, Kazan became one of the most important centers of the Russian Federation. The city went from 10th to 8th position in population ranking of Russian cities. In the late 2000s, the city earned the right to host both the 2013 Summer Universiade and 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Millennium of Kazan[edit]

Since 2000, the city has been undergoing a total renovation. The historical center, including its Kremlin, has been rebuilt. Kazan celebrated its millennium in 2005, after a city-organized historical commission settled on 1005 as the official year of the city's founding.[11] During the millennium celebrations, one of the largest mosque in Russia, Qolsharif, was dedicated in the Kazan Kremlin, the holiest copy of Our Lady of Kazan was returned to the city, the "Millennium Bridge" was inaugurated that year,[19] and the Kazan Metro began operation. The government of the Russian Federation released the Medal "In Commemoration of the 1000th Anniversary of Kazan". In 2010, for the preparations to the 2013 Universiade, Kazan began even more renovation by modernizing its airport, fixing up the streets, enhancing public transports, and adopting Russian, English, and Tatar languages in all transportation, large stores, and shopping centers.

Administrative and municipal status[edit]

Kazan is the capital of the republic.[citation needed] Within the framework of administrative divisions, it is incorporated as the city of republic significance of Kazan—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts.[1] As a municipal division, the city of republic significance of Kazan is incorporated as Kazan Urban Okrug.[3]

City divisions[edit]

City districts of Kazan

Kazan is divided into seven districts:

No. District Population[7] Area (km²)[citation needed]
1 Aviastroitelny 111,405 38.91
2 Vakhitovsky 86,202 25.82
3 Kirovsky 109,125 108.79
4 Moskovsky 130,537 38.81
5 Novo-Savinovsky 202,997 20.66
6 Privolzhsky 227,755 115.77
7 Sovetsky 275,514 167.00

Economy[edit]

Main article: Economy of Kazan

Kazan is one of the largest industrial and financial centers of Russia, and a leading city of the Volga economic region in construction and accumulated investment.[20] City's Gross Regional Product had reached 380 billion rubles in 2011.(RUS) Казань побила рекорд по инвестициям

Total banking capital of Kazan banks is third in Russia.[21] The main industries of the city are: mechanical engineering, chemical, petrochemical, light and food industries. An innovative economy is represented by the largest IT-park in Russia which is one of the largest of its kind among Eastern Europe science parks.[22][23] Kazan ranks 174th (highest in Russia) in Mercer’s Worldwide Quality of Living Survey.[24]

Transportation[edit]

Kazan International Airport[edit]

Night aerial view of Kazan
Bridge over Bolaq channel
City bus

Kazan International Airport is located 26 kilometers (16 mi) from the city center. It is a hub for Tatarstan Airlines and Kazan Air Enterprise and hosts eleven air companies. Airport is connected with city by bus route #97.

There is also the Kazan Borisoglebskoye airfield, home to Kazan Aircraft Production Association, a major aircraft factory, famous in the past as "Aircraft Plant 22" ("22nd Zavod").

Adjacent to it lies a huge aircraft engines plant ("16th Zavod"). It produces versions of Tupolev 204 and 214 aircraft. In the past an Ilyushin-62, four-engine Russian mainliner, Tupolev-160 "Black Jack" supersonic strategic bomber and Tu-22M tactic bomber were also produced here. Both these plants and adjacent workers' housing make a whole city district known as "Aviastroitelny" ("Aircraft Builders").

Railways[edit]

Kazan is connected with Moscow, Ulyanovsk, Yoshkar-Ola and Yekaterinburg by train.

The main railway station Kazan–Passazhirskaya is located in the city centre and includes a main building (built in 1896), a commuter trains terminal, a ticket office building and some other technical buildings. Station serves thirty-six intercity trains and more than eight million passengers per annum.[25] The second terminus called "Kazan-2" is situated in the northern part of the city. Kazan also has nineteen platforms for commuter trains.

Riverside station[edit]

This station serves intercity ships and commuter boats. Pneumocushion boats are used in winter. Daily passenger turnover reaches 6 thousand.

Bus stations[edit]

There are two bus stations in Kazan — Central and Southern. Bus routes connect Kazan with all districts of Tatarstan, Samara, Ufa, Tolyatti, Orenburg, Ulyanovsk, Cheboksary, Sterlitamak, Buzuluk, Baki, and Aktobe. It is planned to build new stations in the East, West and North districts instead of Central for relieving city centre.

Highways[edit]

There are federal highway connections to Moscow and Ufa (E-22), Orenburg (R-239), Ul'yanovsk (R-241) and Igra (R-242). There are also R-175 federal highway and «Northern Europe — Western China» (in construction) route near the city.

There are five bridges across the Kazanka (Qazansu) river in the city, and one bridge connecting Kazan with the opposite bank of the Volga.

Public transit[edit]

  • A single-line Kazan Metro, the north-southeast Central Line, opened on 27 August 2005. The Kazan Metro has seven stations, but there are plans to extend the line in both directions and is due to cross the Kazanka river with the stations "Dekabristov", "Moskovskaya", "Aviastroitel'naya" in 2012. Single trip costs 20 rub.
  • The Kazan tram system was founded in 1899. 8 routes use 187 km (116.20 mi) of lines and 197 tramcars.[26] Single trip costs 20 rub. Rolling stock: LM-99, 71-608, 71-605.
  • The Kazan trolleybus (electric bus) system was founded in 1948. 355 km (220.59 mi) of lines are used for 14 routes.[27] Single trip costs 20 rub. Vehicles: ZIU-682, Trolza-5275-05 "Optima", VMZ-5298.01-50 "Avangard".
  • The Kazan bus system was totally renovated in 2007. 91 routes have an aggregate length of 1,981 km (1,231 mi). All 1444 buses are colored red. Single trip costs 20 rub. Unlike in most Western cities, public bus routes are not municipal, operated by private companies and therefore are very efficient. Most of buses are imported, produced by "Golden Dragon", "Higer", "NefAZ", "MAZ", "Yutong", "Hyundai", "Bogdan"
  • Travel cards that work within the metropolitan area reduce travel to 15 rub on trolley buses and buses, and offer considerable discounts on the metro line. These travel cards can be purchased from the post office.
  • On July 1, 2013 the Veli’k bicycle sharing system was launched in Kazan. The system includes 7 self-service bicycle docking stations distributed throughout the centre of Kazan near the most popular city destinations, and 100 bikes. The service is open to everyone from 16 years of age. To access the service, you have to complete a simple sign-up procedure at www.Veli-k.ru, and buy a subscription for a suitable period of time. The first 30 minutes of every journey is free of charge. After the first half hour, a service charge applies.

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Population of Kazan since 1800

Population: 1,143,535 (2010 Census);[7] 1,105,289 (2002 Census);[28] 1,094,378 (1989 Census).[29] Kazan metropolitan area's population is 1.57 mln.

Year Population
1550 50,000
1557 7,000
1800 40,000
1830 43,900
1839 51,600
1859 60,600
1862 63,100
1883 140,000
1897 130,000
1917 206,600
1926 179,000
1939 398,000
1959 667,000
1979 989,000
1989 1,094,378 (census)
1997 1,076,000
2000 1,089,500
2002 1,105,289 (census)
2008 1,120,200
2009 1,130,717
2010 1,143,535 (census)

Ethnicity and religion[edit]

Young women in the street, outside Kazan University

The city's population consists mostly of ethnic Russians (47.6%) and ethnic Tatars (48.6%) . The other ethnicities are Chuvash, Ukrainians, Azerbaijanis, and Jews.[30] Predominant faiths of Kazan city are Sunni Islam and Eastern Orthodoxy with Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism, Krishnaism, and the Bahá'í Faith also counted.

Languages[edit]

Tatar and Russian languages are widely spoken in the city. Russian is understood by everyone except for some older Tatars. Tatar is widely spoken mainly by Tatars.

Climate[edit]

Kazan has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb) with long cold winters and warm, often hot dry summers. The warmest month is July with daily mean temperature near 20.2 °C (68.4 °F), and the coldest month is January, with a daily mean of −10.4 °C (13.3 °F).

Climate data for Kazan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 3.8
(38.8)
5.2
(41.4)
11.0
(51.8)
29.5
(85.1)
33.8
(92.8)
37.5
(99.5)
38.9
(102)
39.0
(102.2)
32.3
(90.1)
23.4
(74.1)
15.0
(59)
6.1
(43)
39.0
(102.2)
Average high °C (°F) −7.2
(19)
−6.7
(19.9)
−0.2
(31.6)
10.2
(50.4)
19.0
(66.2)
23.5
(74.3)
25.5
(77.9)
22.9
(73.2)
16.3
(61.3)
8.1
(46.6)
−1.0
(30.2)
−5.8
(21.6)
8.7
(47.7)
Daily mean °C (°F) −10.4
(13.3)
−10.2
(13.6)
−4.0
(24.8)
5.5
(41.9)
13.3
(55.9)
18.1
(64.6)
20.2
(68.4)
17.6
(63.7)
11.7
(53.1)
4.8
(40.6)
−3.4
(25.9)
−8.5
(16.7)
4.6
(40.3)
Average low °C (°F) −13.5
(7.7)
−13.3
(8.1)
−7.3
(18.9)
1.6
(34.9)
8.2
(46.8)
13.3
(55.9)
15.5
(59.9)
13.3
(55.9)
8.2
(46.8)
2.2
(36)
−5.6
(21.9)
−11.4
(11.5)
0.9
(33.6)
Record low °C (°F) −46.8
(−52.2)
−39.9
(−39.8)
−31.7
(−25.1)
−25.6
(−14.1)
−6.5
(20.3)
−1.4
(29.5)
2.6
(36.7)
1.6
(34.9)
−5.4
(22.3)
−23.4
(−10.1)
−36.6
(−33.9)
−43.9
(−47)
−46.8
(−52.2)
Precipitation mm (inches) 40
(1.57)
33
(1.3)
32
(1.26)
31
(1.22)
41
(1.61)
63
(2.48)
65
(2.56)
60
(2.36)
51
(2.01)
53
(2.09)
46
(1.81)
43
(1.69)
558
(21.97)
Avg. precipitation days 10 8 7 7 6 9 9 8 9 10 10 10 103
 % humidity 84 81 79 68 59 66 68 71 75 81 86 85 75
Mean monthly sunshine hours 49.6 89.6 148.8 204.0 273.0 294.0 291.4 254.2 159.0 83.7 42.0 34.1 1,923.4
Source #1: Pogoda.ru.net,[31] World Meteorological Organization (precipitation days only)[32]
Source #2: Hong Kong Observatory (sun only)[33]

Central Kazan[edit]

Kremlin[edit]

Main article: Kazan Kremlin
Belltower of Epiphany Church

The city has a citadel (Russian: кремль, tr. kreml', or sometimes Tatar: kirman), which was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. Major monuments in the kremlin are the five-domed six-columned Annunciation Cathedral (1561–62) and the mysterious leaning Soyembika Tower, named after the last queen of Kazan and regarded as the city's most conspicuous landmark.

Also of interest are the towers and walls, erected in the 16th and 17th centuries but later reconstructed; the Qol-Şarif mosque, which is already rebuilt inside the citadel; remains of the Saviour Monastery (its splendid 16th-century cathedral having been demolished by the Bolsheviks) with the Spasskaya Tower; and the Governor's House (1843–53), designed by Konstantin Thon, now the Palace of the President of Tatarstan.

Next door, the ornate baroque Sts-Peter-and-Paul's Cathedral on Qawi Nacmi Street and Marcani mosque on Qayum Nasiri Street date back to the 18th century.

Bistä, or Posad[edit]

Central Kazan is divided into two districts by the Bolaq canal and Lake Qaban. The first district (Qazan Bistäse or Kazanskiy Posad), historically Russian, is situated on the hill, the second (İske Tatar Bistäse or Staro-Tatarskaya Sloboda), historically Tatar, is situated between the Bolaq and the Volga. Mosques, such as Nurullah, Soltan, Bornay, Apanay, Äcem, Märcani, İske Taş, Zäñgär are in the Tatar district. Churches, such as Blagoveschenskaya, Varvarinskaya, Nikol'skaya, Tikhvinskaya, are mostly in the Russian part of the city. The main city-centre streets are Bauman, Kremlyovskaya, Dzerzhinsky, Tuqay, Puşkin, Butlerov, Gorkiy, Karl Marx and Märcani.

An old legend says that in 1552, before the Russian invasion, wealthy Tatars (baylar) hid gold and silver in Lake Qaban.

Wooden Kazan[edit]

In the beginning of the 1900s most of Central Kazan was covered by wooden buildings, usually consisting of two floors. There was a historical environment of Kazan citizens, but not the best place to live in. During the Republican program "The liquidation of ramshackle apartments" most of them (unlike other Russian cities), especially in Central Kazan, where the land is not cheap, were destroyed and their population was moved to new areas at the suburb of the city (Azino, Azino-2, Quartal 39). Nearly 100,000 citizens resettled by this programme.

Other major buildings[edit]

Another significant building in central Kazan is the former "Smolentzev and Shmelev" tea house and hotel, now the Shalyapin Palace Hotel. It is located at 7/80 Universitetskaya Street, at the corner of Universitetskaya and Bauman. A major landmark of late-19th and early-20th century commercial architecture, it consists of two portions. The original portion, built for a merchant named Usmanov in the 1860s, was bought by the inter-related families of Efim Smolentzev and Pavel and Nikolai Shmelev in 1899.[34] They operated a store selling, among other things, tea. In 1910, the Smolentevs and Shmelevs constructed another portion, designed by architect Vasili Trifonov, and operated a hotel there.[35] After the Russian Revolution, the building eventually became the Hotel Soviet and after 2000 it was heavily renovated to reopen as the Shalyapin Palace Hotel.

Cityscape[edit]

A panoramic view of Kazan Kremlin, Vernicle temple and Kazanka river right bank
Kazanka right bank
Both banks of Kazanka

Education and science[edit]

Primary and secondary education[edit]

Primary and secondary education system of Kazan includes:

  • 282 nurseries, most of which are municipal
  • 178 schools, 2 of which are private
  • 28 vocational technical schools
  • 15 colleges
  • 10 special colleges

There are also 49 music schools, 43 sports school, and 10 fine-arts schools, including the Kazan Art School founded in 1895.

Higher education[edit]

Main building of Tatarstan Academy of Sciences

There are 44 institutes of higher education in Kazan, including 19 branches of universities from other cities. More than 140,000 students are educated in the city. Kazan Federal University (founded in 1804) is third oldest university in Russia after Saint Petersburg State University (1724) and Moscow State University (1755). In 2009 KFU got Federal status as main university of Volga Region. Some other prominent universities are:

Science[edit]

Kazan is a major scientific centre in Russia. Kazan formed a big number of scientific areas and schools (mathematical, chemical, medical, linguistic, geological, geobotanical, etc.). Scientific discoveries are a subject of special pride, including: the creation of non-Euclidean geometry (Nikolai Lobachevsky), the discovery of the chemical element ruthenium (Claus), the theory about the structure of organic compounds (Aleksandr Butlerov), the discovery of the electron paramagnetic resonance (Yevgeny Zavoisky) and acoustic paramagnetic resonance (Altshuler) and many others. The city hosts:

Government and administration[edit]

Kazan town hall (before 1917 - the Hall of Nobility)
Cabinet of Ministers

Mayor[edit]

İlsur Metşin became the mayor of Kazan in November 17, 2005.

City Duma[edit]

Kazan City Duma is a representative body of the city, elected every four years.

Executive committee[edit]

Executive committee is a municipal body of the executive organs .[clarification needed] The committee's head is Alexey Pesoshin .[citation needed]

Government of the Republic of Tatarstan[edit]

Kazan hosts Tatarstan President's residence and administration (in Kremlin), Tatarstan's Cabinet of Ministers and Council of State (on Freedom square).

Sports[edit]

"Basket-hall"

Men's teams:

Club Sport Founded Current League League
Rank
Stadium
Rubin Kazan Football 1936 Russian Premier League 1st Central Stadium
Rubin-2 Kazan Football 1997 Russian Second Division 3rd Rubin Stadium
Ak Bars Kazan Ice Hockey 1956 Kontinental Hockey League 1st Tatneft Arena
Bars Kazan Ice Hockey 2009 Minor Hockey League Jr. 1st Tatneft Arena
Irbis Kazan Ice Hockey 2011 Minor Hockey League Division B Jr. 2nd Tatneft Arena
Dynamo Kazan Bandy 1958 Bandy Super League 1st Raketa Stadium
UNICS Kazan Basketball 1991 Professional Basketball League 1st Basket-Hall Arena
Zenit Kazan Volleyball 2000 Volleyball Super League 1st Kazan Volleyball Centre
Sintez Kazan Water Polo 1974 Water Polo Championship 1st Orgsintez

Notable athletes[edit]

Infrastructure[edit]

  • Kazan Arena - stadium with capacity 45,000, Universiade games have been held here.
  • Central stadium - Olympic stadium, capacity 30,133. Home ground for FC «Rubin».
  • TatNeft Arena - indoor sporting arena, capacity 10,000. Home to HSC «Aq Bars»
  • Basket-Hall - indoor sporting arena, capacity 7,000 (large hall) and 1,500 (small hall). Home to BC «UNICS»
  • «Rubin» stadium, capacity 10,000. Home to FC «Rubin-2»
  • Volleyball center, capacity 4,600. Home to VC «Zenit» and WVC «Dynamo-Kazan»
  • Field Hockey center, capacity 2,700.
  • «Raketa» and «Trudovye Rezervy» ice stadiums

Important events[edit]

International relations[edit]

Branch offices of embassies[edit]

Consulates[edit]

Two consulates general are found in Kazan.[38]

  • Iran Consulate-General of Iran
  • Turkey Consulate-General of Turkey

Visa centers[edit]

Twin towns and sister cities[edit]

Kazan is twinned with:[41]

Kazan has also partner relations with the following cities and regions:

International organizations membership[edit]

Kazan has an Alliance française center.

Kazan has an American Corner.[43]

Famous people[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Order #01-02/9
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
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  • Министерство юстиции Республики Татарстан. Приказ №01-02/9 от 4 февраля 2014 г. «Об утверждении реестра административно-территориальных единиц и населённых пунктов в Республике Татарстан». Опубликован: Официальный сайт правовой информации Министерства юстиции Республики Татарстан (http://pravo.tatarstan.ru), 27 февраля 2014 г. (Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Tatarstan. Order #01-02/9 of February 4, 2014 On the Adoption of the Registry of the Administrative-Territorial Units and Inhabited Localities in the Republic of Tatarstan. ).
  • Государственный Совет Республики Татарстан. Закон №46-ЗРТ от 15 сентября 2004 г. «О границах территории и статусе муниципального образования города Казани», в ред. Закона №10-ЗРТ от 13 января 2012 г «Об изменении границ территорий отдельных муниципальных образований и внесении изменений в Законы Республики Татарстан "О границах территории и статусе муниципального образования города Казани" и "Об установлении границ территорий и статусе муниципального образования "Зеленодольский муниципальный район" и муниципальных образований в его составе"». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Республика Татарстан", №191, 21 сентября 2004 г. (State Council of the Republic of Tatarstan. Law #46-ZRT of September 15, 2004 On the Borders of the Territory and the Status of the Municipal Formation of the City of Kazan, as amended by the Law #10-ZRT of January 13, 2012 On Changing the Borders of the Territories of Various Municipal Formations and on Amending the Laws of the Republic of Tatarstan "On the Borders of the Territory and the Status of the Municipal Formation of the City of Kazan" and "On Establishing the Borders of the Territories and the Status of the Municipal Formation of "Zelenodolsky Municipal District" and of the Municipal Formations It Comprises". Effective as of the official publication date.).
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