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A is for.. #352373
11/05/07 10:36 AM
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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.

Your turn;



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Re: A is for.. [Re: Marianne -Russian Culture] #353032
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B is for Barnaul located in the district of Altai Krai. I have never been there. Have you?

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Privet(hi), Milaya!

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.

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11/21/07 12:36 PM
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D is for Dudinka, in Krasnoyarskii Krai,in Siberia, right up at the top of the map, on the mouth of the Yenisei river.

I've never been there, but there's a story in either Lonely Planet or one of the other big guidebooks about someone who went on a river cruise to there, and found the town quite grim.

Next letter is E, any ideas?



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E is for Engels

Engels is in Saratov region, just across the river from Saratov itself. And yes, it is named after the communist thinker.


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This one took some doing, but

F is for Fevralsk

In the Amur oblast, as far as I can tell, on the Baikal-Amur railway (BAM)


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Ooh, you found some really old ones!

J is for Jaima

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!


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