|- City -|
Location of Krasnodar Krai in Russia
|City Day||Last non-working day of September|
|Administrative status (as of December 2001)|
|Federal subject||Krasnodar Krai|
|Administratively subordinated to||City of Krasnodar|
|Administrative center of||Krasnodar Krai, City of Krasnodar|
|Municipal status (as of February 2012)|
|Urban okrug||Krasnodar Urban Okrug|
|Administrative center of||Krasnodar Urban Okrug|
|Head||Vladimir Yevlanov|
|Representative body||City Duma|
|Population (2010 Census)||744,995 inhabitants|
|- Rank in 2010||17th|
|Time zone||MSK (UTC+04:00)|
|Founded||January 12, 1794|
|City status since||1867|
|Previous names||Yekaterinodar (until 1920)|
|Postal code(s)||350000–350090|
|Dialing code(s)||+7 861|
Krasnodar (Russian: Краснодар; IPA: [krəsnɐˈdar]) is a city and the administrative center of Krasnodar Krai, Russia, located on the Kuban River about 148 kilometers (92 mi) northeast of the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk. Population: 744,995 (2010 Census); 646,175 (2002 Census); 620,516 (1989 Census).
It was founded on January 12, 1794 (Gregorian calendar) as Yekaterinodar (Екатеринода́р). The original name meant "Catherine's Gift" simultaneously in recognition of Catherine the Great's grant of land in the Kuban region to the Black Sea Cossacks (later the Kuban Cossacks) and in recognition of Saint Catherine, the Martyr, who is considered to be the patron of the city. After the October Revolution, Yekaterinodar was renamed Krasnodar (December 1920). There is meaning for the new communist name of the city: Krasno- (Красно-), meaning 'red' (especially relevant considering the political atmosphere of the time); and -dar (-дар), meaning 'gift'. Thus, the city's name means red gift (i.e. 'gift of the reds').
The origin of the city starts with a fortress built by the Cossacks in order to defend imperial borders and claim Russian ownership over Circassia, which was contested by Ottoman Turkey. In the first half of the 19th century Yekaterinodar grew into a busy center of the Kuban Cossacks. It was granted town status in 1867. By 1888, about 45,000 people lived in the city and it became a vital trade center of southern Russia. In 1897, an obelisk commemorating the two hundred year history of Kuban Cossack Host was built in Yekaterinodar.
During the Russian Civil War the city changed hands several times between the Red Army and Volunteer Army, many Kuban Cossacks were committed anti-Bolsheviks who supported the White Movement. Lavr Kornilov, a White general, captured the city in 10 April 1918, only to be killed a week later when an artillery shell fired by Bolsheviks blew up the farmhouse he was using as his headquarters.
During the World War II, Krasnodar was occupied by the German Army between August 12, 1942 and February 12, 1943. The city sustained heavy damage in the fighting but was rebuilt and renovated after the war.
In the summer of 1943, the Soviets began trials, including of their own citizens, for collusion with the Nazis and participation in war crimes. The first such trial was held at Krasnodar on July 14–17, 1943. The Krasnodar tribunal pronounced eight death sentences, which were summarily conducted in the city square in front of a crowd of about thirty thousand people.
Administrative and municipal status 
Krasnodar is the administrative center of the krai. Within the framework of administrative divisions, it is, together with twenty-nine rural localities, incorporated as the City of Krasnodar—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts. As a municipal division, the City of Krasnodar is incorporated as Krasnodar Urban Okrug.
Main sights 
Other attractions include St. Catherine's Cathedral, the State Arts Museum, a park and theater named after Maxim Gorky, the beautiful concert hall of the Krasnodar Philharmonic Society, which is considered to have some of the best acoustics in southern Russia, State Cossack Choir and the Krasnodar circus
The most interesting place of Krasnodar is Krasnaya Street (which translates as "Red, Beautiful Street"). There are situated many sights of Krasnodar. In the beginning of this street one can see the Central Concert Hall; at the other end one can see the Avrora cinemacenter. A "Triumphal Arch" is situated in the middle of Krasnaya Street.
Theater Square is home to the largest splash fountain in Europe. This fountain was officially inaugurated on September 25, 2011 along with the official ceremony to celebrate the City Day in Krasnodar.
Krasnodar is the economic center of southern Russia. For several years, Forbes magazine named Krasnodar the best city for business in Russia. In the industrial sector of the city has more than 130 large and medium-sized enterprises.
The main industries of Krasnodar:
- Agriculture and food industry: 42.8%
- Energy sector: 13.4%
- Fuel industry: 10.5%
- Machine construction: 9.4%
- Forestry and chemical industries: about 4%
In Krasnodar is a highly developed commercial area. Krasnodar has the largest turnover in the SFD. Retail trade turnover in 2010 reached 290 billion RUB. Krasnodar is the first in Russia in the number of malls (per capita). Note that in the crisis year 2009 turnover of Krasnodar continued to grow, while most of the cities showed a negative trend of circulation of goods.
Tourism comprises a large part of Krasnodar's economy. There are more than 80 hotels in Krasnodar.
Like with many other major cities in Russia, the primary mode of local transportation in Krasnodar is automobile, though efforts have been made to increase the availability of alternative modes of transportation, including the construction of light rail lines (projected), biking paths, and wide sidewalks. Public transportation within Krasnodar consists of city buses, trolleybuses, trams, and marshrutkas (routed taxis). Trolleybuses and trams, both powered by overhead electric wires, are the main form of transportation in Krasnodar. Krasnodar does not have a metro system.
The main airline is Kuban Airlines (at Krasnodar International Airport), and the largest hotels in the city include the Intourist, Hotel Moskva, and Hotel Platan. Krasnodar uses a 220 V/50 Hz power supply with two round-pin outlets, like most European countries.
The oldest part of the city is Old Downtown Krasnodar, which consists of many historic buildings, several from the 19th century. Buildings have been preserved, restored or reconstructed, and the district is now a substantial tourist attraction.
There are several major theater venues for Krasnodar:
- The Krasnodar State Academic Drama Theater named after Gorky
- The Krasnodar Ballet Theater
- The Krasnodar State Academic Drama Theater
- The Krasnodar Regional Puppet Theater
- The Krasnodar Musical Theater
- The Children's Ballet Theater "Fugitives"
- The Krasnodar State Circus
- The Krasnodar Youth Theater
- The Krasnodar Philharmonic named after Ponomarenko
- The state creative institution "Kuban Cossack Choir"
- The Creative association "Premiere"
- The New Puppet Theater
Krasnodar has several major museums. The Krasnodar Regional Art Museum named after Kovalenko, the oldest public art museum North Caucasus, is one of the finest.
Coat of arms 
The coat of arms of Yekaterinodar was introduced in 1841 by the Cossack yesaul Ivan Chernik. The royal letter "E" in the middle is for Ekaterina II (Russian for Catherine II). It also depicts the date city was founded, the Imperial double headed eagle (symbolizing Tsar's patronage of Black Sea Cossacks), a bulawa of a Cossack ataman, Yekaterinodar fortress, and flags with letters "E", "P", "A", and "N" standing for Catherine II, Paul I, Alexander I and Nicholas I. Yellow stars around the shield symbolized 59 Black Sea stanitsas around the city.
Winters are cold and damp, with unstable snow cover. The average temperature in January, the area's coldest month, is 33 °F (1 °C). Weather conditions in winter vary greatly. Temperatures can exceed 68 °F (20 °C) for a few days, but temperatures below −4 °F (−20 °C) are not uncommon for Krasnodar as the city is not protected by mountains from cold waves. Summers are typically hot with a July average of 75.4 °F (24.1 °C).
The city receives 28.94 inches (735 mm) of precipitation annually, fairly spread throughout the year. Extreme storms are rare in the Krasnodar area. Extreme temperatures have ranged from -27.2 to 105.3 °F (-33 to 41 °C), recorded on January 11, 1940 and July 30, 2000, respectively.
|Climate data for Krasnodar|
|Record high °C (°F)||20.8
|Average high °C (°F)||4.4
|Daily mean °C (°F)||0.6
|Average low °C (°F)||−2.2
|Record low °C (°F)||−32.9
|Precipitation mm (inches)||66
|Avg. rainy days||11||9||13||14||14||13||9||8||9||10||13||14||137|
|Avg. snowy days||9||8||5||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0.4||3||7||32.6|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||71.3||87.0||136.4||180.0||248.0||276.0||303.8||285.2||237.0||173.6||87.0||55.8||2,141.1|
|Source #1: Pogoda.ru.net|
|Source #2: Hong Kong Observatory (sun only)|
International relations 
Twin towns and sister cities 
Krasnodar has five sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International, Inc. (SCI):
- Tallahassee, Florida, United States
- Karlsruhe, Germany
- Burgas, Bulgaria
- Harbin, China
- Ferrara, Italy
Notable people 
- Alexandre Bondar (b. 1972), writer and novelist
- Natalia Chernova (b. 1976), gymnast
- Tatyana Chernova (b. 1988), heptathlon athlete
- Pyotr Gavrilov (1900-1979), Soviet war hero, last defender of the Brest Fortress
- Alexander Karasyov (b. 1971), writer
- Irina Karavayeva (b. 1975), trampoline gymnast
- Eduard Koksharov (b. 1975), handball player
- Viktor Likhonosov (b. 1936), writer
- Anna Netrebko (b. 1971), opera singer
- Gennady Padalka (b. 1958), cosmonaut
- Lazaros Papadopoulos, Greek basketball player
- Andrei Shkuro, counter revolutionary
- Alexander Tamanian (1878–1936), neoclassical architect
- Sergei Tiviakov (b. 1973), chess Grandmaster
- Inna Zhukova (b. 1986), rhythmic gymnast
- Sergei Vorzhev (b. 1950), artist
- Charter of Krasnodar Krai, Article 13
- Reference Information #20-2969/11-03
- Law #670-OZ
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- Департамент по взаимодействию с правоохранительными органами администрации Краснодарского края. Справочная информация №20-2969/11-03 от 9 декабря 2011 г. «Выписка из реестра административно-территориальных единиц Краснодарского края». (Department of Cooperation with the Public Safety Organs of the Administration of Krasnodar Krai. Reference Information #20-2969/11-03 of December 9, 2001 Excerpt from the Registry of the Administrative-Territorial Units of Krasnodar Krai. ).
- Законодательное Собрание Краснодарского края. Закон №670-КЗ от 10 марта 2004 г. «Об установлении границ муниципального образования город Краснодар и наделении его статусом городского округа», в ред. Закона №2435-КЗ от 3 февраля 2012 г «О внесении изменений в отдельные законодательные акты Краснодарского края об установлении границ муниципальных образований». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Кубанские новости", №37–38, 13 марта 2004 г. (Legislative Assembly of Krasnodar Krai. Law #670-OZ of March 10, 2004 On Establishing the Borders of the Municipal Formation of the City of Krasnodar and on Granting It Urban Okrug Status, as amended by the Law #2435-KZ of February 3, 2012 On Amending Various Legislative Acts of Krasnodar Krai on Establishing the Borders of the Municipal Formations. Effective as of the day of the official publication.).
- Official website of Krasnodar City Administration and City Duma
- Krasnodar photographs
- Krasnodar news
- News and events in Krasnodar
- Old pictures of Yekaterinodar