Astrakhan is a city in the South of Russia, an administrative center of the Astrakhan Region and the oldest economic and cultural center of the Lower Volga and the Caspian Sea Region.
First mentioned in the historic documents in 1333, from the middle of the XV century and until the middle of the XVI century, the city was the capital of the Astrakhan Khanate. In 1556, Astrakhan became a part of Russia. Under the Russian Empire, this city was a connection hub in the trade with the Eastern countries, the Trans-Caucasian Region and the Northern Caucasus.
Today’s Astrakhan is a prosperous center of industry, tourism, an important transport hub and a crossroads of commercial routes of the West and the East. Among the city’s most recognizable brands, there are its watermelons, fish and caviar.
The partnership between Volgograd and Astrakhan was officially established in 2005 with the signing of the Agreement on Cooperation.
There is a street in Volgograd called Astrakhanskaya (in the Kirovsky district).