Krasnoyarsk beautiful Siberian city
First of all, I like this Russian city! Located 4065 kilometers from Moscow along the Trans-Siberian railway, Krasnoyarsk is the second biggest city in Siberia after Novosibirsk. Besides, it is a powerful industrial center. According to statistics, there are about 950,000 inhabitants. Near Krasnoyarsk (20 mins by car from center) there’s a national park Stolby – a very diverse natural area with unusual cliffs.
In fact, Krasnoyarsk lies along Yenisei river — one of the most beautiful and powerful rivers of Siberia. And what gives the city a special flavor – its location. In particular, mountains that surround it.
Meanwhile, the history of Krasnoyarsk counts back to the year 1628 when the Cossack Andrey Dubensky founded it. At that time it was a local center and an important transport hub for river transport (the Yenisei goes up to North ocean). Besides, during the XIX century it was an important cultural center of Siberia. In the end of 1880s the Regional Studies Museum was opened: one of the most important ethnographic and archeology museums in Russia. The Trans-Siberian road passing through Krasnoyarsk gave a boost to industrial development of the city. And especially metal production, oil, and construction industries.
Also, Krasnoyarsk is famous for its people, and in particular, general Lebed, who was the governor of Krasnoyarsk region in the end of 90s. He died in a helicopter crash in 2002, but local people respect him and relate a lot of improvements in the city life to his governance.
After the construction of Krasnoyarsk hydro-electric dam, the river Yenisei ceased to freeze, no matter how low the temperatures. However, the city is a favorite destination for skiers, as the winter resorts near Krasnoyarsk are suitable for ski jumping and cross-country skiing.