Welcome to Omsk
During the 2+ year Russian Civil War, the White forces came close to ruling Russia from Siberia to the East while the Communists would have ruled Western Russia. The Red Army outfought the White forces (which included USA, Canadian and British forces) and the whole of Russia fell to the Bolsheviks. Omsk was the capital of "White Russia" during part of the War years.New York Times headlineRussia Wavers Between Anarchy And the New Siberian Autocracy; RUSSIA BETWEEN CHAOS OR AUTOCRACY!
By CARL W. ACKERMAN. Dec 1918, by The New York Times Company. Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES.
ON THE WAY TO VLADIVOSTOK, Dec. 16.--Divided between East and West, as America was between North and South during the civil war, Russia is today making a new start toward reorganization.Omsk in a nutshell
Founded in 1716
Is said to be the capital of South-Western Siberia
Situated in the southern part of the West-Sibirian plain
Climate is continental
Population is 1,5 mil people
Distance from Moscow - 2555 km.
Local time GMT +6
Phone code: 3812
Big railway traffic centre
Omsk (Омск) is a city in southwest Siberia, the administrative center of Omsk Oblast. It is the second-largest city in Russia beyond the Urals. The distance from Omsk to Moscow is 2,700 kilometres (1,700 mi).
In the Russian Empire, it was the seat of the Governor General of Western Siberia, and later of the Governor General of the Steppes. For a brief period during the Russian Civil War, it was proclaimed the Capital of Russia, and held the imperial gold reserves. Omsk is sometimes called the capital of South-Western Siberia. The territory of Omsk region is 139,7 thousand square kilemeters and is divided into 32 administrative districts.
The Omsk population is 1,5 million people. It is a multinational City. It is inhabited by Russians, Germans, Ukrainians, Tatars, Kazakhs, Belorussians, Bashkeers, Jewry and other nations, altogether – about 80 nationalities. Omsk region is situated in the southern part of the West-Sibirian plain. On the West and North the region borders Tyumen region, on the East – with Tomsk and Novosibirsk regions, on the South and South-Western direction – with Kazhakstan.
It's always Friday in Omsk!History of Omsk Region
Omsk was founded in 1716 as a fortress at the junction point of channels of the Irtysh and the Om rivers by Colonel Ivan Bookhgoltz, this historic fact initiated developing one of the oldest cities in Siberia. At the second part of the 18th century the fortress became the largest fortification at the East of the country.
Construction of Trans - Siberian railway boosted the development of the city and connected Omsk with the European part of Russia.