Vera Glagoleva, Film director, People’s Artist of Russian Federation:
— The streets of Omsk are beautiful, with their merchant buildings still preserved. Old times, they are forever. Omsk has a face of its own and a desire to preserve its history and culture, which is important for the authorities and the city people. And the most remarkable fact is that Omsk has a rich cultural program, bubbling with film festivals and basically everything is associated with the young ambitious enthusiasts and professionals. This is what fills the lives of the people of Omsk, let them always keep it that way.

Igor Kostolevsky, President of the Russian National Theater Award and the Golden Mask Festival, People's Artist of the Russia:
— Omsk was not a random choice; we know that we can bring the most serious and sophisticated stage plays to Omsk. People here passionately love and deeply understand theater.

Nikita Mikhalkov, People's Artist of the RSFSR:
— I want to confess my love to this land. If our country has a soul, then it is definitely not in Moscow, but spread all over Russia. And I have many friends in Omsk... This city is truly worthy of the historical heritage status, which is worth fighting for. And I am ready to render all assistance in this matter. You can count on me, and I am ready to do all things needed.

Omsk Cathedral square

Cathedral square

Elizaveta Boyarskaya, Russian film and theater actress:
— I could endlessly roam through these streets, looking at the authentic buildings of previous times. I always try to get a feeling of history in any Russian city. Omsk preserved this spirit of antiquity.

Denis Matsuev, People's Artist of the Russia:
— It looks like Omsk is becoming a unique location between Europe and Asia. Such a great number of cultural events is nothing but rejoicing.

Olga Dykhovichnaya, actress, screenwriter and producer:
— I was surprised to see so many monuments preserved in Omsk. I have never seen so many of them in any other city.


Historical Note

The coat of arms of the city of Omsk

The coat of arms of the city of Omsk

Omsk is one of the oldest cities in Siberia. Omsk Fortress was founded in 1716 by Cossack troops led by lieutenant-colonel Iwan Buchholz.

In 1822 Omsk becomes the permanent residence of Western Siberia Governor-General. At this time Main Headquarters of Western Siberia also moves to Omsk from Tobolsk.

In a couple of years Omsk became a big research center of Siberia and Central Asia. Omsk welcomed many reputed scientists and travelers such as Alexander von Humboldt, Alfred Edmund Brehm, George F. Kennan, Pyotr Semyonov-Tyan-Shansky, Nikolai Przhevalsky and others. Famous Kazakh educator and traveler Shoqan Walikhanov stayed in Omsk for studying and military service.

The construction of Trans-Siberian railway played a crucial part in Omsk development. Since becoming a junction of trade routes, Omsk started progressively turning into a major transport, industrial and commercial hub of the adjacent area.

Omsk historic center

Omsk historic center

As a result of Stolypins reforms, the beginning of the 20th century was marked by rapid growth of agricultural machinery manufacturing and agro-processing.

As a territorial district of Russia, Omsk Region appeared in 1934, and Omsk City became it’s administrative capital.

During the World War II Omsk City and Omsk Region became home for about 100 industrial plants pushed backward from European Russia—mostly belonging to metalwork, food processing, leather, textile and chemical industry.

In 50s Omsk was first in All-Soviet Union contest as a fully landscaped garden-city. Alongside with that there was a quick growth in petrochemical industry. Also local enterprises made a significant contribution to early space exploration—producing carrier-rockets, landing sections and controlling equipment.

In 2016, Omsk celebrated its 300th anniversary.

Lenin street in Omsk

Lenin street in Omsk

For Russia Omsk always was a city of strategic importance. Nowadays Omsk is developing rapidly: new living blocks are rising, roads are being modernized and population is increasing. Modern Omsk is regarded as one of the most business-friendly cities in Russia.