Yelabuga Russia



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Description: Watching over the point where the Kama and Toima rivers meet in European Russia, the city of Yelabuga is a confluence of many types.

Interesting fact: "Cavalryman-Maiden" Nadezhda Durova, a heroine of the 1812 war against Napoleon, is buried in the city and remembered with a museum here.

Alabuga Special Economic Zone investor contact Dilyara Minibayeva, who speaks English (+7 (85557) 5-90-30, +7 (927) 480-0221, invest@sezalabuga.ru ; alabuga.ru/en/index.php );

Yelabuga tourist center, which is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (9 Ulitsa Gassara, +7 (85557) 7-86-68; elmuseum@mail.ru ; elabuga.com/turizm/tur01.html ).

YELABUGA, Tatarstan — Watching over the point where the Kama and Toima rivers meet in European Russia, the city of Yelabuga is a confluence of many types.

Its suburbs boast a special economic zone with tax incentives, brand-new factories and high-end manufacturing that co-exist with state-supported industry. Centuries-old architecture and house-museums mix with modern restaurants and retail outlets. The Tatar and Russian languages combine on restaurant menus, building signs and in people's speech. In fact, the city, located 215 kilometers east of Kazan, has two separate but similar names: It is called Yelabuga in Russian and Alabuga in Tatar.

Yelabuga (ye-LA'-bu-ga) is also typical of Tatarstan because of its investor-friendly business environment. Tatarstan is praised by both foreign financial institutions and individual companies for its uncommonly helpful officials, attractive tax rates and aggressive recruitment of Russian and foreign manufacturers, which build state-of-the-art factories and add jobs in the republic.

Started in 1985 as a tractor factory, the Yelabuga Automotive Factory (1 Prospekt Neftyanikov; +7 (85557) 5-57-75; elaz.ru ) converted just three years later into a car factory. Today it supplies specialized vehicles and other equipment to oil and gas companies, both regional service firms and national giants such as Tatneft, Gazprom, Rosneft, LUKoil and Gazpromneft. Known as ElAZ, it is located in Yelabuga proper.

Alabuga-Sote (104 Kazanskaya Ulitsa; +7 (85557) 7-56-01; alabuga-sote.ru ) makes an array of dairy products, from sour cream to yogurt to kefir. It is one of the biggest production companies in the city.

Prikamneft, the local arm of regional oil powerhouse Tatneft, provides equipment services and drilling (32 Prospekt Neftyanikov, +7 (85557) 25-0-25; ngdu.tatneft.ru/wps/wcm/connect/tatneft/ngdu/prikamneft/ob_upravlenii ). It operates in segments as varied as information technology and energy.

The regional government set up the special economic zone outside the city limits in 2006 and, together with corporate players, has invested more than $2.5 billion since in the special zone. Companies there include U.S.-Russian carmaking joint venture Ford-Sollers, French industrial chemical giant Air Liquide, and Danish insulation maker Rockwool, which opened its largest plant worldwide at the industrial park earlier this year.

In addition to its business ties and manufacturing strengths, the city has numerous historic spots. Settled in the 10th and 11th centuries by the Bulgars, the forefathers of the Kazan Tatars, the area was a trading and army outpost. Russian culture and religion advanced into the region, leading to the construction of churches in what would officially become Yelabuga in the 1700s. In the following years, the city was a merchant town.




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