Housed in the splendid Atashev Palace, this modest museum has a 2500-yr-old bear amulet and an interesting exhibit on the Great Tea...
Prospekt Lenina 56
This modest mosque, dating from 1904, was used as a vodka factory by the atheist Soviets, but was reopened to worshippers in 1997.
Underground Jazz Café
A hip and literally underground basement with live jazz, including frequent US guests, most weekends. Also has an extensive drinks and...
Besides the best pelmeni in town, this buzzing, centrally located eatery serves Russian staples, burgers and even some Italian fare....
pr Lenina 44 · interesting places nearby
Oppression Museum information
The gloomy basement of this former NKVD (proto-KGB) building is now a memorable Oppression Museum. Tours are recommended, but should be ordered in advance. Look out for the stunning Gulag map, the system of Soviet labour camps depicted as an uncountable mass of red dots across the territory of the former USSR.
Prisoners who passed through here included gulag chronicler Eufrosinia Kersnovskaya and the family of the purged Kazakh writer Akhmet Baytursinuli. Outside the museum are two monuments to victims of Stalinist repression – the larger to local victims, the second to Poles slaughtered by Uncle Joe and his cronies.