Krasnoyarsk Region occupies one-tenth of Russia's total area. Krasnoyarsk Region is located in the central Asian part of Russia and extends from the shores of the Arctic Ocean to the mountains of Southern Siberia. Region has an area of 2.34 million km2, which is ten times the size of Great Britain or four and a half times the size of France, and extends nearly 3000 km from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Sayan Mountains in the south.
There are thousands of crystal clear, mineral-rich mountain, taiga, and tundra rivers and tens of thousands of lakes, including Lakes Taimyr, Dyupkin, and Khantaika, which are some of the largest and deepest lakes in Russia after Lake Baikal.
Krasnoyarsk Region has a severe continental climate characterized by large temperature differences during the year. Due to Region's great extent, the climate is extremely varied. The central and southern regions, where most of the population live, have a continental climate with long winters and short, hot summers. Fall is often dry with early frosts.
With its abundant natural resources, three million inhabitants, modern cities and thriving manufacturing sector, Krasnoyarsk Region has a flourishing economy. Its leading companies, RUSAL and NORILSK NICKEL are internationally important and have created a wealth of job opportunities. Vast reserves of oil and natural gas make Krasnoyarsk Region a significant energy source. Krasnoyarsk Region is among the top ten regions in Russia with an annual Gross Regional Product of $40 billion. More than $50 billion are expected to be invested in the region to develop national projects such as exploring the Vankor oilfield and constructing several hydroelectric power stations in the Angara region. From specializing in traditional resource-based industries like mineral resources, timber harvesting, hydro and heat power generation, the region has responded to global economic shifts with emerging new sectors such as processing industries, chemicals and ICT. This continuing economic growth has attracted numerous public and private investors and promoted tourism in the region. Krasnoyarsk Region is truly a remarkable place to look for opportunities and make a career.
Krasnoyarsk is located 4065 kilometers from Moscow along the Trans-Siberian railway. It takes about 2 days and 10 hours to get there from Moscow by train and about 4.5 hours by plane.
Krasnoyarsk is the center of the vast Krasnoyarsk region, it is the second biggest city in Siberia after Novosibirsk and a powerful industrial center. There are about 950,000 inhabitants.
The city also amazes with the hospitality of local people — a typical Siberian trait, but especially evident in Krasnoyarsk. Everybody: from a bus conductor to a stranger on the street seem to want to make you feel good and proud of their city.
Krasnoyarsk lies along Enisey river — one of the most beautiful and powerful rivers of Siberia. It is surrounded by mountains, giving a very interesting flavour to the city views.
The history of Krasnoyarsk counts back to the year 1628 when it was founded by the cossack Andrey Dubensky. At that time it used to be a local center and was an important transport hub for river transport (Enisey river flows into North Ocean). During the XIX century it was an imporant cultural center of Siberia: in the end of 1880s the Regional Studies Museum was opened: one of the most imporant ethnographic and archeology museums in Russia. The Trans-Siberian road passing through Krasnoyarsk gave a boost to industrial development of the city, especially metal production, oil, and construction industries.
Krasnoyarsk – is a fast-moving and well-developed city so there are many places for visiting, recharging and entertaining. The most prominent and popular restaurants and cafes are located in the centre of Krasnoyarsk on Mira Prospect, Karl Marx Street and Lenin Street. There's also the Central Park and 350-Year Krasnoyarsk square (located in front of Krasnoyarsk Hotel and Krasnoyarsk Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet). At the 350-square there are a lot of open-air cafes in summer and also the famous Krasnoyarsk attraction - the local «big ben» - a «singing clock tower».
If you want to stay out of the bars but you want to get out of your flat, there are several more “cultured” pass times Krasnoyarsk has to offer. The Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre has productions year around including national and international acts. The Bolshoi concert hall regularly welcomes well-known national musicians and also houses a wonderful symphony orchestra which performs seasonally. And of course, what Russian city would be complete without a Pushkin theatre, where you can see fantastic plays for about 5 dollars.
Local Regional Studies Museum
Krasnoyarsk Regional Studies museum was founded by local archeology enthusiasts in the 1889. The collection featured items found at the place of ancient stops, and ethnographical expeditions at Khakasia and Tuva. The museum was closed for reconstruction from 1987 until 2001, when it was finally opened in March 2001 completely renewed and expanded.
The exposition focuses on the history of Siberian region: from the ancient times to now. The main historical events and ethnic cultures are covered at the exhibitions and there are 11 permanent expositions in the museum: "Ancient civilizations on the shore of Enisey river", "Siberian ethnic cultures", "Biological memory" (paleontology), "Tungus phenomenon" (exhibition dedicated to Tungus meteorite, discoveries, theories, etc.), "Nature of Krasnoyarsk region", "Russian culture of XVI - XX centuries", "Nature. Human. Planet" (dedicated to the latest developments).
Overall, the museum is one of the best of this kind in Siberia and is definitely worth visiting.
Address: Dubrovinskogo st., #84.
Stolby National Park
Just 20 minutes by car from the Krasnoyarsk center there's Stolby national park — an area with great natural variety, popular place for weekends out among local people, and a local center of cliff-hiking. The main attraction of the park is cliffs of strange curved forms, as if worked on by water. Every weekend there are a lot of people in the park and it is a great place to get away from it all and keep things in perspective.