|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Russian Wikipedia. (March 2013)|
|- City -|
Tarskaya Street in Omsk
Location of Omsk Oblast in Russia
|City Day||First Saturday of August|
|Administrative status (as of December 2009)|
|Federal subject||Omsk Oblast|
|Administratively subordinated to||city of oblast significance of Omsk|
|Administrative center of||Omsk Oblast, city of oblast significance of Omsk|
|Municipal status (as of July 2011)|
|Urban okrug||Omsk Urban Okrug|
|Administrative center of||Omsk Urban Okrug|
|Mayor||Vyacheslav Dvorakovsky|
|Representative body||City Council|
|Population (2010 Census)||1,154,116 inhabitants|
|- Rank in 2010||7th|
|Time zone||OMST (UTC+07:00)|
|Founded||August 2, 1716|
|Postal code(s)||644xxx|
|Dialing code(s)||+7 3812|
Omsk (Russian: Омск; IPA: [omsk]) is a city and the administrative center of Omsk Oblast, Russia, located in southwestern Siberia 2,236 kilometers (1,389 mi) from Moscow. With a population of 1,154,116, it is Russia's second-largest city east of the Ural Mountains after Novosibirsk, and seventh by size nationally.
During the Imperial era, Omsk was the seat of the Governor General of Western Siberia, and later of the Governor General of the Steppes. For a brief period during the Russian Civil War in 1918–1920, it served as the capital of the anti-Bolshevik Russian State and held the imperial gold reserves.
Omsk is an important railroad hub, and is the junction point for the northern and southern branches of the Trans-Siberian Railway. The city also serves as a major hub for the regional highway network. River-port facilities handle both passengers and freight, giving the city access to navigating the extensive waterways of the Irtysh and Ob River;. The waterways connect Omsk with the coal and mineral-mining towns further up the river in Kazakhstan, as well as with the oil, natural gas and lumber operations of northern Siberia. Omsk is served by the Tsentralny Airport, which offers access to domestic and international (primarily, German and Kazakh) destinations, making the city an important aviation hub for Siberia and the Russian Far East.
The wooden fort of Omsk was built in 1716 by a cossack unit led by Ivan Buchholz to protect the expanding Russian frontier along the Ishim and the Irtysh rivers against the Kyrgyz and Dzungar nomads of the Steppes. In 1768 Om fortress was relocated. The original Tobolsk and the restored Tara gates, along with the original German Lutheran Church and several public buildings are left from that time. Omsk was granted with the town status in 1782.
In 1822 Omsk became an administrative capital of Western Siberia and later in 1882 the center of the vast Steppes region (today the nortern part of Kazakhstan) and Aqmola Oblast in particular acquiring several churches and cathedrals of various denominations, mosques, a synagogue, the governor-general's mansion, and a military academy. But as the frontier receded and its military importance diminished, the town fell into lethargy. For that time Omsk became a major center of the Siberian exile. During the 1850s Fyodor Dostoyevsky served his sentence in an Omsk katorga prison.
Development of the city was catalyzed with the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway in the 1890s that affected significance of Omsk as a logistic hub. Many trade companies established stores and offices in Omsk defining the character of the city center. British, Dutch, and German consulates were established roughly at the same time in order to represent their commercial interests. The pinnacle of development for pre-revolutionary Omsk was the Siberian Exposition of Agriculture and Industry in 1910. Popularity of the World Fairs contributed to the image of Omsk as "Chicago of Siberia".
Soon after the October Revolution, anti-Bolshevik White forces seized control of Omsk. The "Provisional All-Russian Government" was established here in 1918, headed by the Arctic explorer and decorated war hero Admiral Kolchak. Omsk was proclaimed the capital of Russia, and its central bank was tasked with safekeeping the former empire's gold reserves. These were guarded by a garrison of former Czechoslovakian POWs trapped in Siberia by the chaos of World War I and the subsequent Revolution. Omsk became a prime target for the Red Army leadership viewed it as a major target of their Siberian campaign and eventually forced Kolchak and his government to abandon the city and retreat along the Trans-Siberian eastward to Irkutsk. Bolshevik forces entered the city in 1919.
Soviet period 
The Soviet government preferred the young Novonikolayevsk (later known as Novosibirsk) as the administrative center of Western Siberia, prompting the mass transfer of administrative, cultural, and educational functions from Omsk. This somewhat stunted the Omsk's growth and sparked a continuing rivalry between the two cities. Omsk received new life as a result of World War II. Because it was both far from the fighting and had a well-developed infrastructure, Omsk provided a perfect haven for much of the industry evacuated away from the frontlines in 1941. Additionally, contingency plans were made to transfer the provisional Soviet capital to Omsk in the event of a German victory during the Battle of Moscow (October 1941 to January 1942). At the end of the war Omsk remained a major industrial center, and became a leader in Soviet military production. The concentration of military enterprises also had negative effects, as until 1990 Omsk had many foreign ties.[clarification needed] After 1990, the collapse of the Soviet military demand led to high unemployment.
Military industries which moved to Omsk included part of the OKMO tank-design bureau in 1941, and S.M. Kirov Factory no. 185 from Chelyabinsk, in 1962. The Kirov Factory and Omsk Transmash design bureau (KBTM) produced T-80 tanks from the 1970s, and were responsible for the BTR-T, TOS-1, and the prototype Black Eagle tank. Omsk Transmash declared bankruptcy in 2002.
In the 1950s, following the development of the oil and natural-gas field in Siberia, an oil-refining complex was built, along with an entire "town of oil workers", expanding Omsk northward along the Irtysh. It is currently the largest such complex in Russia. Gazprom Neft, the parent company, is the largest employer in the city, wielding its tax address[clarification needed] as leverage in negotiations with municipal and regional authorities.
Post-Soviet period 
Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Omsk experienced a period of economic instability and political stagnation. Most of the city's large businesses, which had previously been state owned, were fought over by members of the former party elite, the emerging nouveau riche, and fast growing criminal syndicates. The most notorious cases involved the privatization of Sibneft, a major oil company, which dragged on for several years. Until the end of the 1990s, political life in Omsk was defined by an ongoing feud between the oblast and city authorities. The resulting conflict made at least two points of view available to the public and served as the impetus for some improvements to the city's infrastructure and cultural life. These included the construction of new leisure parks and the renovation of the city's historic center, the establishment of the annual Siberian International Marathon, and of the annual City Days Festival. Despite this, internal political competition drained the Omsk's resources and served as a major obstacle for smooth government operations and city development. The conflict was finally resolved in favor of the oblast government, with the forced resignation of two consecutive mayors and the subsequent de facto appointment of their successor by the Governor of the oblast. Since the turn of the century, the oblast government has been firmly in control of Omsk's government, courts, and media. The city is currently an underperformer, by Russian standards, in both economic growth and quality of life.
On March 2, 2005, the Consulate General of the Republic of Kazakhstan was opened. Previously in 1943, the Free India Government in Exile had opened its consulate in Omsk. Additionally, both Germany and Slovakia maintain honorary consuls in the city.
Administrative and municipal status 
Administratively, it is incorporated as the city of oblast significance of Omsk—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts. Municipally, the city of oblast significance of Omsk is incorporated as Omsk Urban Okrug.
Population in Omsk rose from 31,000 in 1881 to 53,050 in 1900 and to 1,148,418 in 1989 Census. The 2002 Census recorded that the population declined to 1,134,016, but it rebounded somewhat by the 2010 Census, which showed the population of 1,154,116.
The climate is dry and continental, characterized by dramatic swings of weather. Average daily temperatures, taken over the past three decades, are +20 °C (68 °F) for July and −17 °C (1 °F) for January, although temperatures can reach +40 °C (104 °F) in the summer and drop to −45 °C (−49 °F) in the winter. On average, Omsk sees over 300 sunny days a year. The average annual precipitation is 415 millimeters (16.3 in).
|Climate data for Omsk|
|Record high °C (°F)||4.2
|Average high °C (°F)||−12
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−16.3
|Average low °C (°F)||−20.5
|Record low °C (°F)||−45.1
|Precipitation mm (inches)||23
|Avg. rainy days||1||1||3||9||15||16||17||18||17||12||5||1||115|
|Avg. snowy days||27||24||17||8||2||0.2||0||0||1||10||21||27||137|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||68.2||126.0||182.9||234.0||285.2||318.0||322.4||248.0||180.0||105.4||72.0||62.0||2,204.1|
|Source #1: Pogoda.ru.net|
|Source #2: Hong Kong Observatory (sun only)|
The architectural centerpiece of the city is an ensemble of buildings along Lyubinsky Avenue/Lenina Street, anchored by the former Gostiny Dvor, and flanked by two chapels. The area is an eclectic mix of architectural styles, dominated by Art-Nouveau, Neoclassical and Second Empire. The Drama Theater gives a good example of the latter. Soviet Era additions run the gamut from Constructivist to Stalinist to Brutalist.
Closer to the confluence of the Om and the Irtysh are the few surviving sombre buildings of the 18th-century fortress. The largest and most opulent church in the city is the Dormition Cathedral, a five-domed edifice in the Russian Revival style, consecrated in 1896, demolished by the Soviets, and restored in the early first decade of the 21st century.
Another area of interest is Nikolsky Avenue/Krasnykh Zor Street, where a line of merchants' wooden houses still stands. The street leads to the Neoclassical cathedral of St. Nicholas, which was commissioned by the Cossacks, designed by Vasily Stasov and consecrated in 1840. It contains various relics of the Siberian Cossacks.
Life and culture 
As a prominent educational center, Omsk has a number of museums, theaters, music venues, and educational institutions.
Among Omsk's museums, the most notable are:
- The State Museum of Regional History
- The Dostoyevsky Museum of Literature
- The Vrubel Museum of Fine Arts
- The Military Museum Complex
- The Kondraty Belov Art Museum
- The Liberov Center for Art
Theaters include the Omsk Opera, The Omsk Theater of Drama, The Omsk Circus, and a number of smaller venues.
Omsk is home to many institutions of higher learning and several universities:
- ANO - Institute of Economics and Energetics
- AKSI, Aksyonov Institute of Law and Economics, West Siberian department
- Law and Economics Institute
- Omsk Academy of Law
- Omsk Academy of MVD Rossija
- Omsk Aviation Technical School
- Omsk Foreign Language Institute
- Omsk Medical Academy
- Omsk State Transport University (1961)
- Omsk State Agrarian University (1918) (connected with Omsk State Veterinary Institute and Institute of Agribusiness and Continuing Education)
- Omsk State Pedagogical University
- Omsk State University (1974)
- Omsk Institute of Consumer Service Technology
- Omsk State Technical University (1942)
- SibADI - Siberian State Automobile and Highway Academy
- SibGUFK - Siberian Academy of Physical Culture
- Siberian Institute of Business and Information Technology
- Sovremennyi Gomunitarnyi University
- SIBNFOR - Siberian Stock Market Institute
Omsk is represented nationally by professional association football and hockey clubs.
|Avangard Omsk||Ice Hockey||1950||Kontinental Hockey League||1st||Omsk Arena|
|Omskie Yastreby||Ice Hockey||2009||Minor Hockey League||Jr. 1st||Omsk Arena|
|Yastreby Omsk||Ice Hockey||2012||Minor Hockey League Division B||Jr. 2nd||Omsk Arena|
|Omichka Omsk||Volleyball||1965||Woman's Volleyball Super League||1st||Blinov SCC|
|Omichka-2||Volleyball||2009||Woman's Supreme League||2nd||SC Ermak|
|Irtysh Omsk||Football||1946||Russian Second Division||2nd||Red Star Stadium|
|Neftyanik Omsk||Basketball||1965||Basketball Superleague B||3rd||Sports Complex Sibirskiy Neftyanik|
Omsk is a major rail, road, and air hub. The city is served by a station on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, and by the Tsentralny Airport. Additionally, Omsk possesses a river port on the Irtysh, offering service to domestic destinations and to cities within Kazakhstan.
Municipal Transport consists of a large bus and trolley, and tram networks, although the latter of these has deteriorated severely since the collapse of the USSR. Marshrutkas (shared taxis) supplement municipal transit networks.
A subway system, proposed in the late 1980s, but postponed for lack of funds, is currently under construction, with the Metro bridge over the Irtysh river. The bridge is already opened for cars (upper level), but the metro (lower level) is still under construction. As a first step, one short line will connect the districts in the northwest with the city center. The first line of the metro is scheduled to be finished in 2015.
Notable people 
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, writer and essayist, in exile 1849-1854
- Mikhail Vrubel, painter, born 1856
- Alexander Kolchak, anti-Bolshevik "Supreme Ruler of Russia"
- Vikentii Trofimov, painter, Vrubel Art School painting section headmaster 1924-1932
- Mikhail Ulyanov, actor, studied at Drama Theater 1944-1946
- Yegor Letov, punk rocker 1964-2008
- German Gref, politician and economist, attended OmSU 1985-1990
- Eduard Kunz, pianist, born
- Vlada Roslyakova, model
- Jaromir Jagr, hockey player
- Dmitrij Jaskin, hockey player
- Yuri Shatalov, professional hockey player
- Sergei Kalinin, hockey player
- Nikita Pivtsakin, hockey player
- Egor Averin, hockey player
- Alexander Svitov, hockey player
- Viktor Blinov, legend hockey player
- Andrei Taratukhin, hockey player
- Nikita Nikitin, hockey player
- Dmitri Sychev, association football player
- Marat Mulashev, professional football
- Irina Tchachina, rhythmic gymnast
- Yevgeniya Kanayeva, rhythmic gymnast
- Galima Shugurova, rhythmic gymnast
- Vera Krasnova, speed skater
- Ivan Dvorny, basketball player
- Vladimir Barnachov, biathlete and biathlon coach
- Roman Sloudnov, swimmer
- Anastasija Reiberger, pole vaulter
- Aleksei Tishchenko, boxer
- Dennis Siver, mixed martial arts fighter
- Alexander Shlemenko, mixed martial arts fighter
Twin towns and sister cities 
Omsk is twinned with:
- Púchov, Slovakia
- Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
- Kaifeng, China
- Jinju, South Korea
- Petropavl, Kazakhstan
- Pavlodar, Kazakhstan
- Novosibirsk, Russia
- Kaliningrad, Russia
- Chelyabinsk, Russia
- Milwaukee, United States
- Regional Municipality of York, Ontario, Canada
- Lubelskie, Lublin, Poland
- Łódzkie, Łódź, Poland
- Pomorskie, Gdańsk, Poland
- Law #467-OZ
- Law #548-OZ
- "Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года. Том 1" [2010 All-Russian Population Census, vol. 1]. Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года (2010 All-Russia Population Census) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2012.
- 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.).
- Omsk history timeline (in Russian)
- Demoscope Weekly (1989). "Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 г. Численность наличного населения союзных и автономных республик, автономных областей и округов, краёв, областей, районов, городских поселений и сёл-райцентров." [All Union Population Census of 1989. Present population of union and autonomous republics, autonomous oblasts and okrugs, krais, oblasts, districts, urban settlements, and villages serving as district administrative centers]. Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 года (All-Union Population Census of 1989) (in Russian). Institute of Demographics of the State University—Higher School of Economics. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
- "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек" [Population of Russia, its federal districts, federal subjects, districts, urban localities, rural localities—administrative centers, and rural localities with population of over 3,000]. Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года (All-Russia Population Census of 2002) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. May 21, 2004. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
- "Weather and Climate - The Climate of Omsk" (in Russian). Weather and Climate (Погода и климат). Retrieved December 13, 2012.
- "Climatological Information for Omsk, Russia". Hong Kong Observatory. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
- Dictionary of Minor Planet Names - p.284
- Законодательное Собрание Омской области. Закон №467-ОЗ от 15 октября 2003 г. «Об административно-территориальном устройстве Омской области и о порядке его изменения», в ред. Закона №1224-ОЗ от 29 декабря 2009 г «О внесении изменений в Закон Омской области "Об административно-территориальном устройстве Омской области и о порядке его изменения"». Вступил в силу через три месяца со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Омский вестник", №69, 31 октября 2003 г. (Legislative Assembly of Omsk Oblast. Law #467-OZ of October 15, 2003 On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Omsk Oblast and on the Procedures of Its Change, as amended by the Law #1224-OZ of December 29, 2009 On Amending the Law of Omsk Oblast "On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Omsk Oblast and on the Procedures of Its Change". Effective as of the day three months after the official publication date.).
- Законодательное Собрание Омской области. Закон №548-ОЗ от 30 июля 2004 г. «О границах и статусе муниципальных образований Омской области», в ред. Закона №1535-ОЗ от 26 апреля 2013 г. «О внесении изменений в Закон Омской области "О границах и статусе муниципальных образований Омской области"». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Омский вестник", №45, №47, №49, 13, 20, 27 августа 2004 г. (Legislative Assembly of Omsk Oblast. Law #548-OZ of July 30, 2004 On the Borders and Status of the Municipal Formations of Omsk Oblast, as amended by the Law #1535-OZ of April 26, 2013 On Amending the Law of Omsk Oblast "On the Borders and Status of the Municipal Formations of Omsk Oblast". Effective as of the day of the official publication.).
- Official website of Omsk (Russian)
- RMX.ru, Open Omsk, an independent news source
- Omsktime.ru, Current events in Omsk (Russian)
- Omsk Friends Club
- Blogspot.com, Photoblog about Omsk
- Univer.omsk.su, Omsk-On-Line