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Kazan Gateway

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From the beginning of the eighteenth century, Russia always presented two faces to the outside world, which corresponded to the culture and way of life of her two capitals, Moscow and St Petersburg. For all the relevance of the international appreciation of Kazan, her all-Russia significance as the centre of the government of the Tatarstan Republic and a large economic, scientific, cultural and sports centre of the Russian Federation has particular importance. During the period immediately preceding the Kazan millennium, huge efforts and finance were directed towards making the capital of Tatarstan worthy of her anniversary. The principle of 'the golden mean' is very peculiar not just to Kazan's reconstruction and other historic towns in the republic. Basically, this idea of retaining durable things from the past and combining them with things of the present underlines the entire philosophy of the Tatarstan model.

Keywords: Kazan Gateway; President Mintimer Shaimiev; Russia; Tatarstan



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