Is there a Russian town for every letter of the English alphabet? I invite you to join me on the pointless quest to answer this. It will get complicated when we get to letters which don't have analogues in the Russian (cyrillic) alphabet, but basically we go through in order, suggesting one town with each post, and giving a bit of information if you like. I'll start;
A is for Abakan
Abakan is a small city in The Republic of Khakassia, in Siberia. I once spent a pleasant afternoon there waiting for a train.
I've been through Barnaul, on the way to the mountains in Altai krai. The mountains are gorgeous, but can't say I remember too much about the city. Good choice though.
C is for Cherepovets
It's an industrial city near Vologda region, 12 hours from Moscow by train. Cherep means 'skull', and I have to say it did seem a bit polluted and deathly when I passed through there a few years ago. Apologies to anyone from there.
Last edited by Marianne -Russian Culture; 11/13/0709:15 AM.
This is cheating, it should probably be spelled Zhaima when written in English, but There really isn't a letter J in Russian. Jaima is between Krasnoyarsk and Abakan in Siberia, and although I'd never heard of it 'til today, I think I might very well have passed through on the train. Strange!