• 1,000,000 (data from 2012)
  • 1628 year
  • 122 sq.km
  • 56° 1' N 93° 4' E

Capital of the Krasnoyarsk Region

It is the largest economic and cultural centre of the Siberian region, situated on the banks of the Yenisei. Krasnoyarsk is the oldest of the major cities of Siberia. In 1822, it became the centre of the Yenisei province, and is now the capital of the second constituent entity of the Russian Federation. Krasnoyarsk ha sstrong ties with the latest developments in the Russian space industry, and is a major scientific and industrial centre.

The city is a centre of sports development in Siberia. In the vicinity of Krasnoyarsk are several ski resorts. Since the time of legendary Ivan Yarygin, the local wrestling school is well-known (the most famous representatives are Adam and Buvaysar Saytiev).

In Krasnoyarsk, Russian biathlonists Olga Medvedtseva, Evgeny Ustyugov and Pavel Rostovtsev became stars. The world legend of ball hockey Sergey Lomanov senior comes from Krasnoyarsk. Another native of Krasnoyarsk is leading Russian hockey player Aleksandr Semin. Oleg Romantsev began his football career in Krasnoyarsk, and later became the coach of Spartak and the Russian national team.

Interesting Facts

Krasnoyarsk is depicted on the ten ruble banknote.

Krasnoyarsk is the Russian translation from the language of the ancient Kacha inhabitants of Siberia. They called this place "Khyzyl Char", which means "Beautyful" in Russian.

Natives of Krasnoyarsk include opera singer Dmitri Khvorostovsky and rock musician Vyacheslav Butusov. The city is also the birthplace of artist Vasily Surikov.

Adjacent to the city is the Krasnye Stolby nature reserve, nominated for inclusion the UNESCO's World Heritage List.

The oldest surviving monument of the city is the gravestone of Nikolay Rezanov, an entrepreneur and traveller, who later became a character of the cult rock opera "Juno and Avos".

Krasnoyarsk's Roev Ruchey zoo is home to Russia's largest penguinarium.



Citizens from foreign countries taking part in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay: 

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News and events

Father and son Lomanovy carried the Olympic flame in Krasnoyarsk
Krasnoyarsk, 26.11.2013 18:27
The former head coach of the Krasnoyarsk club in bandy "Yenisey" Sergey Lomanov Sr. ran with the fire of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 during the stage in Krasnoyarsk and passed the relay to his son Sergey, the player of "Yenisey".
Olga Medvedtseva finished the Olympic torch relay in Krasnoyarsk
Krasnoyarsk, 26.11.2013 14:27
The two-time Olympic champion in 2002 and 2010 in biathlon Olga Medvedtseva was the last torchbearer of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 during the stage in Krasnoyarsk.
Vitaly Mutko took part in the torch relay of the Games in 2014 in Krasnoyarsk
Krasnoyarsk, 26.11.2013 12:37
The minister of sports of the Russian Federation Vitaly Mutko ran with the fire of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi during the stage in Krasnoyarsk.
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