Republic of Buryatiya

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4 430 km from Ulan-Ude to Moscow
3 542 km to the nearest seaport (Vladivostok)
2 500 km from Ulan-Ude to Beijing (China)

Main indicators

351 000
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Key sectors

transport and communication services
wholesale and retail trade
manufacturing activity

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About the region

The Republic of Buryatia is situated in the southern part of East Siberia. The administrative center of the Republic is Ulan-Ude.

A larger section (about 60% of the waterside) of Lake Baikal — the world’s deepest lake — is located in Buryatia. The water resource potential of the lake accounts for a fourth of the world’s potable water reserves and over 30% of Russia’s water resources.

Over 80% of Buryatia’s area is covered by forestland and its total land reserves amount to 35 mln ha.

Buryatia is among Russia’s leaders in terms of reserves and diversity of natural resources — the Republic has over 700 proven fields with diverse resources. The region’s soil concentrates 48% of zinc, 37% of molybdenum, 27% of tungsten, 36% of cadmium, 24% of lead, and 10% of uranium.

Industry is a solid cornerstone of the region’s economy. The other industries of high importance for the Republic are the forest, wood processing, and pulp and paper industries.

The Republic of Buryatia is among the most promising regions in Russia in terms of the tourist and recreational potential. The nature of Lake Baikal lures thousands of tourists from Russia and other countries to the region every year.