Capital of the Udmurt Republic
Situated along the Izh river Izhevsk bears the unofficial title of the "weapons capital of Russia", the same as Tula. Annals of the city start from the times when the ironworks was founded. However, up to the 1920s, Izhevsk remained a small provincial town. Rapid development of the city began after 1921, when Izhevsk became the capital of the Votyak Autonomous Region. In 1934, the city acquired the status of capital of Udmurt ASSR.
Several world sports stars consider Izhevsk as their home. Four times Olympic champion, nine times world champion, first Ski World Cup winner and 39-times Soviet champion - the legendary skier Galina Kulakova was born not far from Izhevsk. The names of skier Tamara Tokhonova, skater Vladimir Ivanov and checkers player Alexej Chizhov have a close link to this city as well.
Russia's best basketball player Andrey Kirilenko, Russian National hockey team defender Fedor Tyutin, cyclists Pavel Tonkov and Svetlana Bubnenkova were born in Izhevsk. The local biathlon school is well known. Natives of Izhevsk include the first absolute world champion in the history of biathlon Valery Medvedtsev and biathlonists Ivan Cherezov and Maxim Maksimov.
From 1984 to 1987, Izhevsk was called Ustinov, in honor of Defense Marshal Dmitry Ustinov.
A century ago, the emphasis in the word Izhevsk was on the first syllable.
Izhevsk has a collection of world-famous Kalashnikov rifles. The designer of the AK-47, Mikhail Kalashnikov, lived in Izhevsk. Other well-known gunsmith who worked in Izhevsk was Igor Stechkin.
A twin city of Izhevsk is Salt Lake City, the capital of the Winter Olympic Games in 2002.
In the mid-19th century, one of the tenants of the Izhevsk factory was Ludvig Nobel, the elder brother and companion of famous Alfred Nobel.
In 1929, the first Soviet motorcycle was built in Izhevsk. The Izh motorbike brand existed till the end of the 20th century.
Because of the unusual layout of Izhevsk, it is sometimes called "Ural Petersburg".
Local residents have plenty of imagination: not so long ago, a spring was opened, named Steve Jobs. There is a monument to a crocodile in a park, that sits on a bench, and also a monument called "Pelmen [meat dumpling] strung on a fork".
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