Tobolsk, the old capital of Siberia. Russia

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Tobolsk is a small town North of Tyumen and it’s not well known outside Russia. However, Tobolsk can compete with many touristic cities in Russia and it’s worth coming to the town for 2-3 full days.

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In the days of the Tsar Ivan the Terrible (end of the 16th century) Tobolsk was the capital town in Siberia, wealthy and self-sufficient because Tobolsk was the main market of sable fur known as Siberian Gold. Later as most of the Siberian towns it became the place of exile for many Russian intellectuals and aristocrats including Dostoyevsky and the family of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II.

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Tyumen, visiting Western Siberia and Rasputin’s home

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For foreigners Tyumen is known as a town on the Trans-Siberian railway. For Russians it’s a city with the head offices of the oil and gas companies and the city with the best roads in Russia. And it’s in top ten best Russian city for comfortable living! Tyumen region is huge: it has a border with Kazakhstan in the South and stretches up to the Arctic Ocean.

 

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