Kazan is the capitol city of the state of Tatarstan in western Russia. It is the 8th largest city in the country.
The history of Kazan is not well documented, and differing accounts of its age and founding are the subject of many debates, however the city was established at least before the 15th Century.
Today, Kazan is known for its religious diversity and athletic events.
People Born in Kazan
Kazan in People's Lives
Adelina Sotnikova: I traveled here in 2008 and 2009, for the 2009 Russian Championship and Russian Junior Championship, both of which I won.
Leo Tolstoy: After a series of tragic deaths of parents and guardians during my younger years, my siblings and I were sent away from our beautiful family estate of Yasnaya Polyana, to live with an aunt in this city. I was about 12 years old, making the year approximately 1840. In many ways, it was the end of my childhood. My siblings and I were well looked after, and remained privileged and true to our aristocratic upbringing. I had multiple tutors, and enjoyed studying languages, particularly German and French. In 1843, at the age of 15, I was accepted into Kazan Federal University, where I studied Oriental Languages. However, I proved to be a poor student, and my students described me as being "both unable and unwilling to learn." My bad grades forced me to give up my Oriental degree hopes and switch to an easier law major. However, I still fared badly, and was often out all night carousing wildly about the town, attending rowdy parties, gambling, and drinking. I was known at the university as being stupid and irresponsible. I left the university in 1847, at the age of 19, without earning a degree. I decided to return to my parent's estate of Yasnaya Polyana and attempt farming.