Capital of Krasnodar Region
"Southern Capital", "Capital of Kuban" - these epithets are used for Krasnodar. Besides that, Krasnodar is the capital of the region that is hosting the Winter Olympic Games of 2012.
The history of Krasnodar begins from the time Catherine II granted Kuban lands to Black Sea Cossacks. The city was called Ekaterinodar. Its rapid development began in the second half of the 19th century after the railroad went through Kuban. Ekaterinodar became a major commercial and transportation center of the region. It remains as such even now.
Krasnodar is famous for its trampoline tumbling school, its representatives are Alexander Moskalenko and Irina Karavaeva. The guru of national handball Yevgeni Trefilov, popular Greek basketball player Lazaros Papadopoulos and former soccer player for Russia's national team Dmitri Khokhlov were born in Krasnodar. Now two Krasnodar teams are in Russia's premier soccer league. Matches for the World Cup in 2018 will take place in Krasnodar.
The capital of Kuban is located on the 45th parallel - centered between the equator and the North Pole.
The "Shukhov Tower" is in Krasnodar. The design of the local water tower was done by Vladimir Shukhov, expert in arched constructions and designer of the Shabolov Tower in Moscow.
Vladimir Mayakovsky called Krasnodar the "dog capital" in his poetry. The playful epithet is remembered, as now there is even a monument in the city to the "beloved dogs".
One of the songs of the Swiss gothic band Lacrimosa is called "I Lost My Star in Krasnodar". The russian bands "Bakhyt Kompot" and "Smyslovye Gallyutsinatsii" have songs with the name "Krasnodar".
Opera singers Anna Netrebko, poet and author of the lyrics "Fires of so much gold..." Nikolay Dorizo, movie director Karen Shakhnazarov and journalist Margarita Simonyan were born in the "Southern Capital of Russia".
Krasnodar has a unique type of transportation, the ecobus - a bus on trolley tracks.
It is interesting what other peoples who comprise a fairly large percentage of Kuban's population call Krasnodar. The Adygei name for Krasnodar is Bzhedug-Kale, which means "Fortress of Bzhedugs". The local Armenians call the city "Gadendar".
Citizens from foreign countries taking part in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay:
Bell James Francis
Bowers Scott Edward
Canadell Garcia Luis Juan
Gilley Jeremy Francis
Hamer Monique Pauline
Kass Daniel Scott
Laflin Michael John
Mirabile Stephen Vincent
Moreno Tirado Isidoro
Rabe Werner Georg Wilhelm
Roggiero Angela Marie
Tomkins James Bruce
Wright Charles Bernard
Zumwalt Damon Ray
- Olympic champion Irina Karavaeva lit the cauldron in Krasnodar
Krasnodar, 04.02.2014 20:36The festival in honor of the completion of the stage of the Olympic Torch Relay began in Krasnodar. On Tuesday the record number of torchbearers - 345 people accompanied by the automobiles, combine harvester, tractors, horse groups of the Kuban Cossack troops overcame one of the longest routes of the relay - 48.6 km.
- Artistic director of the ballet company from the Bolshoi Theater took part in the torch relay of the Games in 2014
Krasnodar, 04.02.2014 17:20An artistic director of the ballet company from the Bolshoi Theater Sergey Filin ran with the fire of the XXII Olympic Winter Games at the stage in Krasnodar.
- The torch relay of the Olympic Games in 2014 began in the Krasnodar Region
Krasnodar, 04.02.2014 08:33The torch relay of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 entered the territory of the last region within its route – the Krasnodar Region, when the Olympic champion in 2000 in handball Eduard Koksharov started with a torch in Ust-Labinsk.