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Introducing Abakan

Khakassia's capital is a pleasant, leafy but terminally dull 20th-century transport hub. It started life as a Russian fort in 1707, but until the 1930s remained insignificant compared to suave neighbouring Minusinsk, which was the region's centre of European civilisation.

The main streets are pr Lenina and ul Shchetinkina. The latter becomes pr Druzhby Narodov after 2km as it veers northwest and barrels towards the cathedral and airport.