Yamalia is the northernmost region in Russia's Urals Region and is home to Russia's most important natural gas deposits as well as large West Siberian oilfields. Located in the middle of Russia's Arctic Ocean coast, Yamalia is about as remote a destination as one could possibly choose and is rarely visited by anyone except those on oil and gas business.
Despite looking much like an ahistorical barren land of interest only for its natural gas and oil reserves, Yamalia was the site of some of the most interesting conflict of Russia's Siberian expansion. Prior to conquest by Yermak Timofeyich, Yamalia was known as the Khanate of Sibir, led by the energetic Tatar Khan Kumuch, who mounted fierce resistance Russian expansion and attempted without to convert his diverse people of Siberian Tatars, Khanti, Mansi, Nenets, Yamals, and Selkups to Islam. In the wake of Yermak's conquest, colonists established the first Russian settlement of the region, Salekhard.
The bigger gas and oil towns have significant drug-related crime and visitors should be wary.