Siberian Federal District
Time: Krasnoyarsk Time Zone (KRAT/KRAST).
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Federal district: Siberian Federal District.
Main cities: Novokuznetsk, Prokopevsk, Leninsk-Kuznetsky, Mezhdurechensk, and Kiselevsk.
Land and Resources: It is located in southwestern Siberia, where the West-Siberian Plain meets the South Siberian mountains. The oblast, which covers an area of 95,500 km², shares a border with Tomsk Oblast in the north, Krasnoyarsk Krai and the Republic of Khakassia in the east, Altai Krai in the south, and Novosibirsk Oblast and Altai Republic in the west. Forests occupy about 40% of Kemerovo Region.
Climate: The climate is continental with long winters (5 months) and short summers. The average January temperature is -20 °C, and the average summer temperature is +20 °C, although temperatures can range from -40 to +40 °C.
Transportation: The region has a dense railway network, including the Trans-Siberian Railway, which passes through the oblast. Kemerovo is linked to western Russia by a branch of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Public transport in Kemerovo consists of trams, buses and trolleybuses. There is an airport near Kemerovo.
There is great emphasis on preserving and developing culture in Kemerovo Region. There are 3 exhibition halls, 35 museums, 18 parks of culture and rest.
Artistic groups from the Kuzbass, such as the symphony orchestra of the Kemerovo State Philharmonic, the Kuzbass Chamber Choir (prize-winner at an international festival of academic choirs in Finland; silver medal winner at a competition in Italy), and the Novokuznetsk Chamber Choir (winner of a Golden Award at the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy international choral competition in Germany) are known both in Russia and abroad.
Siberia`s only birchbark museum has been opened in Mariinsk.
Important annual cultural events in the region include Theater Stars for Kuzbass Miners, the Kuzbass Theater Festival, the Jazz at the Old Fortress international festival, a choreographic show competition for Trud newspaper`s cultural department prize, the Gladness (Radost) children`s festival of popular songs in the city of Myski, the show competition for the Governor of Kemerovo Region`s Kuzbass Palette prize, and a competition for awarding Kuzbass name prizes in the fields of literature and art.
There are more than 1500 historical and cultural monuments in Kemerovo Region, 27 of which are of federal significance (14 archeological, 6 historical, 5 architectural, and 2 artistic monuments). The most unusual of these is the Tomsk Trivia (Tomskaya pisanitsa) monument in the village of Pisanaya, Yashkinsky District, which is considered an especially valuable site of the Russian Federation. The most important monuments of the Kuzbass include the 18th- and19th-century historical and architectural museum at Kuznetsk Fortress in Novokuznetsk, a group of monuments and historic sites on the former Siberian Highway (Moscow-Irkutsk), and the Shestakovsky historical and cultural complex of archeological monuments and paleontological sites in Chebulinsky District. There are two parks in the region: Shorsky National Park and Kuznetsky Alatau Nature Reserve.
Sights: City Council; Shopping Mall; Crystal Hotel; Soviet square; Drama theatre; Central Post office.
Drama theatre, Kemerovo
City council, Kemerovo
the Memorial «Memory of the miners of Kuzbas» by Ernest Neizvestny
Encarta World Atlas
http://www.kemerovo.su - Official Site of the Administration of Kemerovo Region