Intercultural city: Izhevsk, Russian Federation
Izhevsk is the capital city of the Udmurt Republic, Russia, located on the Izh River in the Western Urals area.
Izhevsk is the site of one of the most famous arsenals in Russia, at which Mikhail Kalashnikov designed his famous AK-47 assault rifle. During Soviet times Izhevsk was a closed city, with restricted access for non-residents. In 2004, Izhevsk has won the title of
"Volga Cultural Capital City – 2004".
Izhevsk is made up of 132 ethnicities of which 30% are Udmurts. The Russians make up more than half of the city’s residents at58,9%, followed by a significant number of Tatars (9,6%). There are also sizable groups of Ukrainians, Byelorussians, Maris, Jews, Azerbaijanis, Uzbeks, Georgians, Germans, Armenians, Moldavians, Kazakhs, Kirgizs, Turkmen, Tajiks, Komis, Poles and others in the city. In the post-Soviet period the number of immigrants from former Soviet Republics has risen dramatically. At present the number of Armenians has increased 2.5 times (2 174 people), the number of Azerbaijanis has doubled (1 117 people); followed by growth in the Georgian (326) and Uzbek (323) populations.
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Special issue of the "Invozho" magazine about Intercultural Izhevsk
[no. 9 - 10/2011]