Yekaterinburg is the administrative center of the Sverdlovsk Oblast and with around 1.3 million inhabitants it is the third largest city in Russia, after Moscow and St. Petersburg. Formerly known as Sverdlovsk (1924-1991), it is the main center in the federal district of the Urals Region.
From the Yekaterinburg Travel Guide
Zozzy, things not so bad as described bigmal about police, but I agree with him - you'll better overnight in the hotel and draw to arport on taxi. By the way, if you want leave Russia by flying to Riga, may be better fly from St Petersburg? About other places. Of course - Yekaterinburg (welcome to my ...
Yekaterinburg has a very nasty bloody history, with the execution of Tsar Nicholas second and his family, as well as high profile mafia killings in the 1990's (thanks for that Lonely Planet). There is a memorial of the Ramanov deaths not that we have or probably will see it as its like every other house here ...
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