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Ekaterinburg is located in the central Ural Mountains on the border of Europe and Asia. The city was founded as a fortress in 1728 by a Russian geographer Vasily Tatischev and grew later on to become the administrative and cultural center of the Ural region. Ekaterinburg is a home city of first Russian President Boris Yeltsin. It is an administrative capital of the Sverdlovsk Region and the Ural Federal District and an important centre for industry, transport, finance, science and culture.  Ekaterinburg population exceeds 1.4 million and ranks fourth in Russia.

This region has a moderately continental climate, where winters are cold and summers can be rather hot. Average temperatures are around -16 °С in January and +18 °С in July. Local time is two hours ahead of Moscow and 5 hours ahead of Greenwich (GMT +5).

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The distance between Moscow and Ekaterinburg is 1667 km. A flight from Moscow to Ekaterinburg takes 2 hours, while a train trip takes 25 hours.

There is a regular and frequent train connection between Moscow and Ekaterinburg.  It is a major rail junction on the Trans-Siberian route.

The main airport is Koltsovo, 15km of the city centre. There are 3 flights a day from Moscow. Also there are daily flights for Saint-Petersburg, Samara, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk and Vladovostok. Several airlines operate direct flights from Europe.

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