Samara is a city in the Middle Volga Region of Russia, an administrative center of the Volga Economic District and the Samara region.
Founded as a borderland fortress by the Prince Grigory Zasekin in 1586, Samara would later turn into a large city nicknamed “Russia’s Bread Warf”. Between 1935 and 1991, the city was also known as Kuybyshev. During the Great Patriotic War, Samara was of vital strategic significance to the USSR’s military industry and made a considerable contribution to the victory over Nazism. In 2016, Samara was designated a “City of Labor and Combat Glory”, and in 2020, a Presidential Decree declared it a “City of Labor Valor”.
Today, Samara is a major center of economy, transportation, education, science and culture. It is here that one can find the longest river embankment in Russia (5 km) and the tallest railroad station terminal in Europe (101 m). Moreover, its Kuybyshev Square is the largest in Europe, too.
The partnership between Volgograd and Samara was officially established in 1997 with the signing of the Agreement on Cooperation.
There is a street in Volgograd called Samarskaya (in the Kirovsky district).