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Novosibirsk is the largest city in Siberia and third-largest in Russia, with a population of 1.5 million. Its Akademgorodok, which hosts Novosibirsk State University and 35 research institutes, is known as one of the country’s best scientific centers.

December 7, 2013

The Novosibirsk stage of the Sochi 2014 Torch Relay is one of the longest in the whole event, as the Olympic flame will cover 44 kilometers across the city in two days.

December 7, 2013

A total of 260 torchbearers, including 101-year-old veteran athlete Aleksandr Kaptarenko and three-time Olympic champion in wrestling Aleksandr Karelin, participated in the Novosibirsk stage of the Sochi 2014 Torch Relay.

December 7, 2013

The Olympic torch relay stage began at Novosibirsk’s railway station and toured some of the most significant sights in the city, including the zoo, Akademgorodok, the Spartak stadium, the monument to legendary flying ace Aleksandr Pokryshkin and the snowboard park.

December 7, 2013

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