Krasnodar Krai (Краснода́рский край)Krasnodarsky kray, Province of Krasnodar.
Cities and towns of the Krasnodar Krai
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Population statistics from 2002 census.
About the Krasnodar Krai.
The Krasnodar Krai is located on the Russian Black Sea in south western Russia. The Krasnodar Krai also borders the Sea of Azov which separates the Krai from the Ukraine. To the south is the Republic of Abkhazia (recognised by Russia, but considered part of Georgia by many nations). The Krasnodar Krai also has domestic borders with the Rostov Oblast, Stavropol Krai, and the Karachay-Cherkess Republic. It also landlocks the Republic of Adygeya.
There are more than 5.1 million people living in the Krasnodar Krai. The population comprises mostly of ethnic Russians but also has significant populations of Armenians, Ukrainians. There are a vast number of minor ethnic groups living within the Krasnodar Krai including traditional inhabitants such as Cossacks and Circassians.
The Kuban River runs straight through the centre of the Krasnodar Krai. It effectively divides the territory into two halves. North of the river are the mostly plains. South of the river are the North Caucasus Mountains (know as “Kavkaz”). The capital Krasnodar is located on the Kuban River.
The Krasnodar Krai is home to Sochi, Russia’s most famous resort city. It is located on the black sea coast and is one of the warmest areas within Russia. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and Paralympic Winter Games. The city is also expected to host games of the Football World Cup and a round of the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Within the Sochi region is Krasnaya Polyana which is one of Russia’s premier ski resort towns. The area features four large ski resorts which will be the main alpine venues of the Olympics. Extensive development has been undertaken within the area to bring the resorts facilities to world standards. The Caucasus Mountains already provide very long slopes, snow and amazing terrain.
Novorossiysk is the third largest city in the Provence and is Russia’s main Black Sea port. It is the most significant oil exporting port on the Black Sea. The city is also a significant industrial city in its own right. Novorossiysk was also awarded the status of “Hero City” after World War II.
The Krasnodar Krai has two international airports plus a number of regional airports. The two international airports are Krasnodar and Sochi. Like most regions in Russia the Krai is serviced by Russia’s extensive rail network.
Map of the Krasnodar Krai
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