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Chelyabinsk Oblast

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Chelyabinsk Oblast

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Chelyabinsk Oblast
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Quick Facts
Capital Chelyabinsk(Administrative center)
Government Russian Oblast
Currency Russian Ruble (Pуб.)
Area 87,9002
Population 3,476,217(2010 est)
Language Official:Russian
Religion Russian Orthodox 30.9%, Non-Religious Spirituality 29%, Atheist 14%, Other 26.1%%
Electricity 220V/60Hz (European plug)
Time Zone UTC +6

Chelyabinsk Oblast (Russian: Челя́бинская о́бласть cheel-YAH-been-skuh-yuh OH-blust’) is in the Urals region of Russia.



  • Chelyabinsk
  • Magnitogorsk
  • Miass — a gold mining town with a historic district full of 19th century wooden architecture
  • Satka — mining town in the center of the Ural mountains near Zyuratkul National Park and a historic riverbank site, Porogi
  • Troitsk — a former center of Pugachev's peasant rebellion in 1744
  • Zlatoust
  • Chebarkul — Chebarkul is a town in Russia, which is located 78 km west of Chelyabinsk. The city is located in the southern Urals, on the Eastern slope of Ilmensky mountains, on the shore of lake Chebarkul. The name of the city and the lake comes from the Turkic language and it means 'a beautiful colorful lake'. In Chebarkul there is a dairy plant, a bakery, and a poultry farm. In the town there are a number of monuments and statues, including a bust of the hero of Soviet Union A.I. Kashirin, near the school № 4. Сhildren are engaged in different activities, for example, music schools. Boys play hockey and football. Chebarkul is considered a resort. That is why near the town there are many lakes and sanatoriums. The population is about 40 thousand people. Because the city is in the Urals, the weather changes frequently in Chebarkul. The town has a metallurgical plant 'Uralyskaya kuznitsa'. Among famous people is Valeri Kharlamov who played in the hockey club 'Uralyskaya zvezda'. A famous film director is Sergei Gerasimov. He lived in the Chebarkul District.In Chebarkul there are only a few cafes and restaurants. There is the cinema, but it is very old and all the new movies are shown few months after the release.

Other destinations[edit]

  • Taganai National Park

Taganay is a national park in the southern Urals. Located in the west part of the Chelyabinsk region, near the city of Zlatoust. It is a favorite place of recreation for residents and visitors of the Chelyabinsk region. In the park there are more than 10 monuments of nature.There grows more than 900 plants, there are more than 190 birds and 40 species of mammals.

Taganay is a unique place with an unforgettable mountain scenery, stone rivers (chaotic jumble of boulders that look like a river) and a green forest consisting of pines, firs and maples.

  • Zyuratkul National Park



Russian is the only language widely spoken here. Several people speak Tatar and Bashkir. Finding an English speaker, outside the city of Chelyabinsk, will be near impossible. Carry a phrasebook and dictionary if you don't speak Russian. It's slowly becoming more common for the younger generation to speak some English, but it's still not common.

Get in[edit]

  • Direct flights are avaliable from several cities in Russia to both Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk airports. Ural and S7 Airlines also operate several international flights.
  • Enter by Road from Sverdlovsk, Kurgan and Bashkortostan regions.
  • Train links are avaliable to the city of Chelyabinsk, it was traditionally on the route of the original Trans Siberian railway, but a change is needed nowadays. Two daily trains are from Moscow. Train 13/14 is quicker (34 hours), but the ticket price is comparable to that of the plane ticket. Train 391/392 is cheaper, at around 1300 RUB, but is less safe and slower (41 hours). Trains to all other parts of Russia are available as well, including the Kyiv-Vladivostok train that travels about 10,000 km. International trains run to Asian ex-USSR countries, such as Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and even to Beijing (twice a month).

Get around[edit]

Travel by Car is easiest as public transport outside the cities is scarce. They're several train connections, but mostly to places outside Chelyabinsk Oblast. Hitchiking is possible, but general caution applies.

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Stay safe[edit]

Chelyabinsk Oblast is generally safe, however be aware that areas of the region are heavily polluted; take precuation when needed. Generally, tourism hasn't kicked off here, and is something of an of the beaten track destination, mainly due to the fact most of the cities are very industrial and also due to the fact they're still several closed cities in Chelyabinsk Oblast. Be aware that you will not be able to enter these cities (and they're surrounded by high security fences). If you did enter without permission, you would most likely face criminal charges. Petty crime rates are not any higher than surrounding areas, general common sense should apply.

Get out[edit]

Head west for Ufa, North for Perm, Yekaterinburg and Tyumen, East for Omsk and South will take you towards the Kazakh border.

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