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Saransk

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The emblem of Saransk.

Saransk (Сара́нск) is a city in central European Russia, capital of the republic of Mordovia. It is located on the confluence of Saranka River into Insar River in the Volga River basin, about 630 km (about 390 mi) east of Moscow, and has a population of 317,000 (est. 1999).

History

Saransk has many historic architectural sites stemming from its early settlement in 1641 as a fortress for the southeastern border of the Russian State. Soviet planners reconstructed the old city center in the 1960s and 1970s, adding wide streets and planning the construction of massive residential areas.

Other information

Industrial activity in Saransk includes the production of electrical cables, chemicals, decorative cloth, and food products; machine building, and metalworking. The city also has two thermal power stations. Saransk has had a train station since 1893, currently located on the Rusaevka - Kazan' rail route, and is located along a highway.

Saransk has several theaters: a drama theater (founded in 1961), a puppet theater, and a comedy theater. It also has a regional history museum and a museum of painting. The Mordovian State University (founded in 1957) is located in Saransk as well as several technical schools.

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Theatres

The State Puppet Theatre of the Republic of Mordovia is famous all around Russia. Official web site: http://gtkrm.narod.ru (in Russian). You don't have to know Russian to enjoy the atmosphere of a fairy tale shown in various pictures of the plays. Click: http://gtkrm.narod.ru/photoarchive.html.

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