The fifth WorldSkills Russia National Competition is to be held in the capital of Kuban – city of Krasnodar, the administrative center of Krasnodar Krai. Located on the right bank of the Kuban River, Russia’s southern capital is approximately 150 kilometers far from the Black and Azov seas, being one of the most important historical and cultural centers of Southern Russia and North Caucasus. The city originated in 1793 as a fortress built by Black Sea Cossacks under the supervision of Catherine the Great to defend imperial borders. Until 1920, the city was named Yekaterinodar, recognizing Catherine the Great’s grant of land between the Kuban River and Azov Sea to the Cossacks. Over 200 years Krasnodar has turned from a fortress into a huge city with a population of about 854 thousand people.
Earlier, while yet called Yekaterinodar, the city had temperate climate with snowy winter. However, today Krasnodar’s climate still can be classified as temperate – in January the thermometer drops to -15…-25◦С, with August average of +41◦С. Spring is considered to be the best time to visit Krasnodar with May average of +20◦С.
Krasnodar is a huge industrial center of southern Russia. The industrial sector of the city has more than 130 large and medium-sized enterprises, where about 120.5 thousand people or almost 30% of all people engaged in the urban economics, work. The main directions are instrument making and metalworking, production of building materials, sewn products and knitted goods, furniture, tobacco, food and agricultural products.
A virtual guide, providing information about the sights of the city is available at the municipal administration’s website. Excursion tours, embracing cultural heritage of the capital of Kuban and its outskirts, are included into the Cultural Programme of the fifth WorldSkills Russia National Competition 2017.
Krasnodar Krai has joined the WorldSkills Russia movement in 2015. The region ranked 8th at the fourth WorldSkills Russia National Competition in Moscow Region, having brought two gold, one silver and 6 bronze medals to its “bank.” Mikhail Ukhankin from Krasnodar, who won a gold medal in Wall and Floor Tiling, entered the WorldSkills Russia National team and then participated at EuroSkills 2016 in Sweden, where he won a Medallion for Excellence.