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Omsk ( Français: Omsk, Spanish: Omsk, Deutsch: Omsk, Русский: Омск) - (The) city in Russia, situated in Omsk Oblast region. According to the latest census, the city population is 1129281. Geographical coordinates of Omsk (WGS84): latitude: 55° 0' 0" N ( 55 ), longitude: 73° 24' 0" E ( 73.4 ).

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Coat of arms of Omsk
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Location of Omsk
Omsk is located in Russia
Location of Omsk
Omsk is located in Omsk Oblast
Omsk (Omsk Oblast)
Coordinates: 54°59′N 73°22′E / 54.983°N 73.367°E / 54.983; 73.367
Country Russia
Federal subject Omsk Oblast
Founded August 2, 1716
City status since 1782
 • Body City Council
 • Mayor Oksana Fadina
 • Total 572.9 km (221.2 sq mi)
90 m (300 ft)
 (2010 Census)
 • Total 1,154,116
 • Estimate 
1,172,070 (+1.6%)
 • Rank 7th in 2010
 • Density 2,000/km (5,200/sq mi)
Administrative status
 • Subordinated to city of oblast significance of Omsk
 • Capital of Omsk Oblast, city of oblast significance of Omsk
Municipal status
 • Urban okrug Omsk Urban Okrug
 • Capital of Omsk Urban Okrug
Time zone UTC+6 (MSK+3 Edit this on Wikidata)
Postal code(s)
Dialing code(s) +7 3812
OKTMO ID 52701000001
City Day First Saturday of August
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Website www.admomsk.ru

Omsk (/ɒmsk/; Russian: Омск, IPA: [omsk]) is a city and the administrative center of Omsk Oblast, Russia, located in southwestern Siberia 2,236 kilometers (1,389 mi) from Moscow. With a population of 1,154,116, it is Russia's second-largest city east of the Ural Mountains after Novosibirsk, and seventh by size nationally. Omsk acts as an essential transport node, serving as a train station for Trans-Siberian Railway and as a staging post for the Irtysh River.

During the Imperial era, Omsk used to be the seat of the Governor General of Western Siberia and, later, of the Governor General of the Steppes. For a brief period during the Russian Civil War in 1918–1920, it served as the capital of the anti-Bolshevik Russian State and held the imperial gold reserves.

Omsk serves as the episcopal see of the bishop of Omsk and Tara, as well as the administrative seat of the Imam of Siberia. The mayor is Oksana Fadina.


The wooden fort of Omsk was built in 1716 by a cossack unit led by Ivan Buchholz to protect the expanding Russian frontier along the Ishim and the Irtysh rivers against the Kyrgyz and Dzungar nomads of the Steppes. In 1768 Om fortress was relocated. The original Tobolsk and the restored Tara gates, along with the original German Lutheran Church and several public buildings are left from that time. Omsk was granted town status in 1782.

In 1822 Omsk became an administrative capital of Western Siberia and later in 1882 the center of the vast Steppes region (today the northern part of Kazakhstan) and Akmolinsk Oblast, in particular acquiring several churches and cathedrals of various denominations, mosques, a synagogue, the governor-general's mansion, and a military academy. But as the frontier receded and its military importance diminished, the town fell into lethargy. For that time Omsk became a major center of the Siberian exile. From 1850 to 1854 Fyodor Dostoyevsky served his sentence in an Omsk katorga prison.

Development of the city was catalyzed with the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway in the 1890s that affected significance of Omsk as a logistic hub. Many trade companies established stores and offices in Omsk defining the character of the city center. British, Dutch, and German consulates were established roughly at the same time in order to represent their commercial interests. The pinnacle of development for pre-revolutionary Omsk was the Siberian Exposition of Agriculture and Industry in 1910. Popularity of the World Fairs contributed to the image of Omsk as the "Chicago of Siberia".

Soon after the October Revolution, anti-Bolshevik White forces seized control of Omsk. The "Provisional All-Russian Government" was established here in 1918, headed by the Arctic explorer and decorated war hero Admiral Kolchak. Omsk was proclaimed the capital of Russia, and its central bank was tasked with safekeeping the former empire's gold reserves. These were guarded by a garrison of former Czechoslovakian POWs trapped in Siberia by the chaos of World War I and the subsequent Revolution. Omsk became a prime target for the Red Army leadership, which viewed it as a major target of their Siberian campaign and eventually forced Kolchak and his government to abandon the city and retreat along the Trans-Siberian eastward to Irkutsk. Bolshevik forces entered the city in 1919.

Soviet period

Pushkin State Library

The Soviet government preferred the young Novonikolayevsk (later known as Novosibirsk) as the administrative center of Western Siberia, prompting the mass transfer of administrative, cultural, and educational functions from Omsk. This somewhat stunted Omsk's growth and sparked a continuing rivalry between the two cities. Omsk received new life as a result of World War II. Because it was both far from the fighting and had a well-developed infrastructure, Omsk provided a perfect haven for much of the industry evacuated away from the frontlines in 1941. Additionally, contingency plans were made to transfer the provisional Soviet capital to Omsk in the event of a German victory during the Battle of Moscow (October 1941 to January 1942). At the end of the war, Omsk remained a major industrial center, subsequently becoming a leader in Soviet military production.

Leningrad bridge over the Irtysh

Military industries which moved to Omsk included part of the OKMO tank-design bureau in 1941, and S.M. Kirov Factory no. 185 from Chelyabinsk, in 1962. The Kirov Factory and Omsk Transmash design bureau (KBTM) produced T-80 tanks from the 1970s, and were responsible for the BTR-T, TOS-1, and the prototype Black Eagle tank. Omsk Transmash declared bankruptcy in 2002.

In the 1950s, following the development of the oil and natural-gas field in Siberia, an oil-refining complex was built, along with an entire "town of oil workers", expanding Omsk northward along the Irtysh. It is currently the largest such complex in Russia. Gazprom Neft, the parent company, is the largest employer in the city, wielding its tax rates as leverage in negotiations with municipal and regional authorities.

Post-Soviet period

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Omsk experienced a period of economic instability and political stagnation. Most of the city's large businesses, which had previously been state owned, were fought over by members of the former party elite, the emerging nouveau riche, and fast growing criminal syndicates. The most notorious cases involved the privatization of Sibneft, a major oil company, which dragged on for several years. Until the end of the 1990s, political life in Omsk was defined by an ongoing feud between the oblast and city authorities. The resulting conflict made at least two points of view available to the public and served as the impetus for some improvements to the city's infrastructure and cultural life. These included the construction of new leisure parks and the renovation of the city's historic center, the establishment of the annual Siberian International Marathon, and of the annual City Days Festival. Despite this, internal political competition drained the Omsk's resources and served as a major obstacle for smooth government operations and city development.



Omsk is situated on the south of the West Siberian Plain along the banks of the north-flowing Irtysh at its confluence with the Om River. The city has an elevation of 87 meters (285 ft) above mean sea level at its highest point.

Omsk is an important railroad hub, and is the junction point for the northern and southern branches of the Trans-Siberian Railway. The city also serves as a major hub for the regional highway network. River-port facilities handle both passengers and freight, giving the city access to navigating the extensive waterways of the Irtysh and Ob River. The waterways connect Omsk with the coal and mineral-mining towns further up the river in Kazakhstan, as well as with the oil, natural gas and lumber operations of northern Siberia. Omsk is served by the Tsentralny Airport, which offers access to domestic and international (primarily, German and Kazakh) destinations, making the city an important aviation hub for Siberia and the Russian Far East.


Omsk has a humid continental climate characterized by dramatic swings of weather. Average daily temperatures, taken over the past three decades, are +20 °C (68 °F) for July and −17 °C (1 °F) for January, although temperatures can reach +40 °C (104 °F) in the summer and drop to −45 °C (−49 °F) in the winter. On average, Omsk sees over 300 sunny days a year (2201 hours). The average annual precipitation is 415 millimeters (16.3 in).

Administrative and municipal status

Within the framework of administrative divisions, it is incorporated as the city of oblast significance of Omsk—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts. As a municipal division, the city of oblast significance of Omsk is incorporated as Omsk Urban Okrug.


The population in Omsk had been steadily rising, according to the records: from 31,000 in 1881 to 53,050 in 1900 and to 1,148,418 in 1989. The 2002 Census recorded that the population had declined to 1,134,016, but it rebounded marginally, according to the 2010 Census, which listed the population of 1,154,116.


Omsk Dormition Cathedral

The architectural centerpiece of the city is an ensemble of buildings along Lyubinsky Avenue/Lenina Street, anchored by the former Gostiny Dvor, and flanked by two chapels. The area is an eclectic mix of architectural styles, dominated by Art-Nouveau, Neoclassical and Second Empire.

Closer to the confluence of the Om and the Irtysh are the few surviving sombre buildings of the 18th-century fortress. The largest and most opulent church in the city is the Dormition Cathedral, a five-domed edifice in the Russian Revival style, consecrated in 1896, demolished by the Soviets, and restored in the first decade of the 21st century.

Another area of interest is Nikolsky Avenue-Krasnykh Zor Street, where a line of merchants' wooden houses still stands. The street leads to the Neoclassical cathedral of St. Nicholas, which was commissioned by the Cossacks, designed by Vasily Stasov and consecrated in 1840. It contains various relics of the Siberian Cossacks.

Life and culture

As a prominent educational center, Omsk has a number of museums, theaters, music venues, and educational institutions.

Omsk Vrubel Museum

Among Omsk's museums, the most notable are:

  • The State Museum of Regional History
  • The Dostoyevsky Museum of Literature
  • The Vrubel Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Military Museum Complex
  • The Kondraty Belov Art Museum
  • The Liberov Center for Art

Theaters include the Omsk Opera, The Omsk Theater of Drama, The Omsk Circus, Omsk State Music Theater, and a number of smaller venues.


Omsk State Transport University

Omsk is home to many institutions of higher learning and several universities:

  • Law and Economics Institute
  • Omsk Academy of Law
  • Omsk Academy of MVD Rossija
  • Omsk Aviation Technical School
  • Omsk Foreign Language Institute
  • Omsk State Medical University
  • Omsk State Transport University (1961)
  • Omsk State Agrarian University (1918) (connected with Omsk State Veterinary Institute and Institute of Agribusiness and Continuing Education)
  • Omsk State Pedagogical University
  • Omsk State University (1974)
  • Omsk Institute of Consumer Service Technology
  • Omsk State Technical University (1942)
  • SibADI - (Russian: Сибирский АвтоДорожный Институт) Siberian State Automobile and Highway Academy (formerly, Institute)
  • SibGUFK - (Russian: Сибирский Государственный Университет Физической Культуры) Siberian Academy of Physical Culture
  • Siberian Institute of Business and Information Technology
  • Sovremennyi Gomunitarnyi University
  • SIBNFOR - Siberian Stock Market Institute


Arena Omsk

Omsk is represented nationally by professional association football and hockey clubs.

Club Sport Founded Current league League
Avangard Omsk Ice Hockey 1950 Kontinental Hockey League 1st Omsk Arena
Omskie Yastreby Ice Hockey 2009 Minor Hockey League Jr. 1st Omsk Arena
Yastreby Omsk Ice Hockey 2012 Minor Hockey League Division B Jr. 2nd Omsk Arena
Omichka Omsk Volleyball 1965 Woman's Volleyball Super League 1st Blinov SCC
Omichka-2 Volleyball 2009 Woman's Supreme League 2nd SC Ermak
Irtysh Omsk Football 1946 Russian Second Division 2nd Red Star Stadium
Neftyanik Omsk Basketball 1965 Basketball Superleague B 3rd Sports Complex Sibirskiy Neftyanik


The picture of the Omsk railway station

Omsk is a major rail, road, and air hub. The city is served by a station on the Trans-Siberian Railway, and by the Tsentralny Airport. Additionally, Omsk possesses a river port on the Irtysh, offering service to domestic destinations and to cities within Kazakhstan.

Municipal Transport consists of a large bus and trolley, and tram networks, although the latter of these has deteriorated severely since the collapse of the USSR. marshrutkas (shared taxis) supplement municipal transit networks.

A Metro system, proposed in the late 1980s, but postponed for lack of funds, is currently under construction, with the Metro bridge over the Irtysh River. The bridge is already opened for cars (upper level), but the metro (lower level) is still under construction. As a first step, one short line will connect the districts in the northwest with the city center. As of 2017, only one station is open and serves as a pedestrian subway.


  • The 3406 Omsk asteroid, which lies in the main asteroid belt, is named after the city.

Notable people

  • Innokenty Annensky, poet
  • Nina Arkhipova, actress
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky, writer and essayist, in exile 1849–1854
  • Vladislav Dvorzhetsky, actor
  • Wacław Iwaszkiewicz-Rudoszański, Polish general
  • Anatol Josepho, inventor
  • Eduard Kunz, pianist
  • Dmitry Yazov, Russian general
  • Dmitry Karbyshev, general
  • Vilis Krištopans, former Prime Minister of Latvia
  • Valerian Kuybyshev, revolutionary
  • Sergey Letov, jazz musician
  • Yegor Letov, rock musician
  • Vladimir Lukin, politician
  • Leonid Martynov, poet
  • Lyubov Polishchuk, actress
  • Grigory Potanin, ethnographer and natural historian
  • Ludmilla Radchenko, model and actress
  • Vlada Roslyakova, model
  • Robert Rozhdestvensky, poet
  • Vissarion Shebalin, composer
  • Valentina Talyzina, actress
  • Tamāra Vilerte, Latvian chess player
  • Mikhail Vrubel, artist
  • Ekaterina Uglik, lawyer
  • Mikhail Ulyanov, actor
  • Nikolai Yadrintsev, explorer and archaeologist


  • Egor Averin, hockey player
  • Vladimir Barnashov, biathlete and biathlon coach
  • Vitalina Batsarashkina, sports shooter
  • Viktor Blinov, hockey player
  • Tatiana Borodulina, speed skater
  • Dmitrij Jaskin, hockey player
  • Sergei Kalinin, hockey player
  • Yevgeniya Kanayeva, rhythmic gymnast
  • Yuliya Kosenkova, middle distance athlete
  • Vera Krasnova, speed skater
  • Marat Mulashev, professional football
  • Nikita Nikitin, hockey player
  • Nikita Pivtsakin, hockey player
  • Anastasija Reiberger, pole vaulter
  • Dennis Siver, mixed martial arts fighter
  • Yuri Shatalov, hockey player
  • Alexander Shlemenko, mixed martial arts fighter
  • Galima Shugurova, rhythmic gymnast
  • Sofya Skomorokh, rhythmic gymnast
  • Roman Sloudnov, swimmer
  • Alexander Svitov, hockey player
  • Dmitri Sychev, association football player
  • Andrei Taratukhin, hockey player
  • Irina Tchachina, rhythmic gymnast
  • Aleksei Tishchenko, boxer
  • Polina Tsurskaya, figure skater

Twin towns and sister cities

Omsk is twinned with:


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