Republic of TatarstanTatarstan Republic
In the republic of Tatarstan
Tartarstan lies at the junction of two major tributaries - the Volga and the Kama - and is a kind of viaduct that connects the Russian-Eastern part. With an area of 67,800 square kilometres, the Republic is larger than Europe's such as Belgium and the Netherlands and corresponds approximately to Ireland.
Over the course of many hundred years, Tatars (53.2%) and Russians (39.7%), Chuvashes and Udmurts, Mordovians and Maris, Ukrainians and Bashkirs - all of whom represent more than 173 different races - have been living in Tartarstan in peace as well as oneness. Tartarstan is a dynamic development area whose prosperity is built on a sound basis of financial solidity.
Republic is a centre of petroleum and petrochemistry industry; it makes KAMAZ HGVs and Mi heliskiers; it does not forgetting that farming is one of the leading regions of Russia. Tatarstan, as a place where civilisations meet, a symbol of oriental and westerly, asiatic and oriental as well as continental religions and cultures, has gained considerable experiences in the maintenance of the inter-ethnic and inter-religious agreement.
It is a great backdrop for the Republic to establish its ties with the rest of the globe, as well as with commerce, science and culture. Kazan is the republic's main town and has more than 1 inhabitant. Over forty per cent of the inhabitants are youngsters for whom Tatarstan provides an excellent occasion to visit its forty colleges, among them Kazan National Research Technical and Kazan National Research Technological Uni. Kazan was founded 200 years ago in 2004 and in 2009 was granted the title of a federation school.
It is Kazan's focus on the development of infrastructures as it will be the venue for the 2013 Summer Universiade, the 2015 FINA World Championships and the 2018 World Cup series. Situated at the intersection of commercial roads, Tatarstan has always acted as a centre of politics, commerce and economy.
This thousand-year-old city's gem is the Kazan Kremlin, which is on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Bolgar, the capitol of the early Bulgarian state of Volga feudalism, has long been a legendary name. This is the place where the Kazan Tartar forefathers took over Islam and where the Volga invaded Bulgaria in the 13th and 14th century.
After Kazan, the city of Yelabuga was also celebrating its centenary. Still full of one-of-a-kind commercial arquitecture from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the city has retained its unmistakable silhouette. The Republic's renowned culture includes major multinational opera festival such as the Feodor Chaliapin Festival, the Rudolf Nuriev Festival of Classical Ballet, the Festival of Contemporary Music Europe-Asia, the Rashit Vagapov Tatar Song Festival.
Every autumn Kazan is the venue for the International Muslim Film Festival. Since 2008, the Creation of the World Music Festival has been taking place here every year. Tartarstan has more than a hundred museuses with more than 1.7 million people visiting each year. Islamic and Orthodox Christianity are traditionally Tartarstan religion, but also Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism and other religion are presented here.
The reconciliation of interests between the two denominations and full equality in front of the laws for all denominations form the foundation of the interreligious convention in the Republic. Tartarstan is carrying out a major restoration of historic and patrimonial sites and holy sites in the antique city of Bolgar and the archipelago capital Sviyazhsk.
Tatarstan's Kremlin with the Kul Sharif Mosque and the Annunciation Cathedral encircled by the fortifications has become a worldwide recognized icon. Developing sport, both for professionals and for the masses, is a Republic' s topprioritity. Several Tatarstan crews became Russian masters, won the country's trophies and showed high results in multinational contests.
After the success es of Rubin-Kazan soccer group, Ak Bars ice rink soccer group, Sintez beach ball group, Zenit-Kazan volley ball group, Dinamo-Kazan bany group and UNICS sport-capitol. Tatarstan presented twelve competitors at the Olympic Games in Beijing, five of whom won a medal, three of them golds.