Kazan is the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. It’s 1.2 hour flight from Moscow to Kazan by airplane, 10 hours by train or 5 days by ship.

Population of Kazan is 1.25 million people.

The sixth largest city of Russia, it lies at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka rivers in European Russia. In April 2009, the Russian Patent Office granted Kazan the right to brand itself as the “Third Capital” of Russia.

Kazan is one of the largest industrial and financial centers of Russia, and a leading city of the Volga economic region in construction and accumulated investment. Total banking capital of Kazan banks is third in Russia. The main industries of the city are: mechanical engineering, chemical, petrochemical, light and food industries. An innovative economy is represented by the largest IT-park in Russia which is one of the largest of its kind amongst Eastern Europe science parks.

Kazan is actively engaged in international activities. The city has foreign diplomatic, trade and cultural representations, the Kazan Kremlin and the Institute of culture of peace are under the auspices of UNESCO, the city participates in partner movements, is a member of the world organizations of cities. The summit of the CIS heads, the Summit of the world security services and other important forums, conferences and events of the world level were held in Kazan.

After receiving the status of the "Third Capital of Russia", major sporting events began to be held in Kazan. In 2013, Universiade, or world students’ games, was held in Kazan. In terms of importance Universiade is viewed to be second only to the Olympics. Russia hosted the Universiade only once, in 1973 in Moscow.

Kazan was chosen as the host city for the 2013 Summer Universiade in Brussels on May 31, 2008. 20 out of 27 members of the FISU Executive Committee gave their votes to the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan.

The 27th World University Summer Games in Kazan was the first Universiade, and even more, the first high-profile multi-sport event in the history of modern Russia.

The city hosted World Fencing Championships in 2014, World Aquatics Championships in 2015, FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017, Red Bull Air Race World Championship in 2017 and 2018 and FIFA World Cup in 2018.

In 2019 Kazan hosted WorldSkills Competitions - the world championship of professional skills. This is a large-scale competition among students of secondary vocational educational institutions aged 16 to 22 years and schoolchildren aged 14 to 16 years, contributing to the professional orientation of young people and the introduction of the best international practices into the system of national education. ⠀ Nikita Baryshev from Kazan technological College won the gold medal of the 45th WorldSkills world championship in the competence of the future "Industrial design".

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