Industrial centre in the Western Urals
Did you know the Bashkortostan State is one of the richest Russian states?
The Novo-Ufa Petroleum Refinery, Inc. (NOVOIL) is one of the largest enterprises of the Russian Federation in terms of output of high-quality petroleum products.
This refinery has been operating successfully for more than 50 years: the first tonnes of gasoline were produced on July 25, 1951.
"Institute of Petroleum Refining and Petrochemistry of the Republic of the Bashkortostan" in Ufa is one of the best in Russia.
A Glimpse and An Impression
I was only in Ufa for a week, but I got to sample a lot!
Ufa is decidedly different than "Russian" Russia, most obviously because it is the capital of the Bashkir nation (politically, the "state" is called the Republic of Bashkortostan).
Ufa has a cool nightlife and a music sub-culture (I think of it as the Seattle of Russia).
The Bashkir influence is felt everywhere, from a greater prevalance of mosques than churches to unique cuisine offerings in every cafe (try upachmak and chak-chak!)
Ufa is the capital of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia. Population: 1,036,026
Ufa is one of the industrial centres in the Western Urals area, and is situated at the confluence of the Belaya and Ufa rivers. Industries include electrical and mining equipment, oil refining, petrochemicals, synthetic rubber, and processed foods.
The city began as a fortress built on the orders of Ivan IV in 1574, and originally bore the name of the hill it stood on, Tura-Tau. The city began to be called Ufa, meaning "small" in Turkic, by locals and the name stuck. In 1802, Ufa became the principal city of Bashkiria.