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; 11/13/07 09:15 AM.