Samara är en stad vid floden Volga i Ryssland med nästan 1,2 miljoner invånare. Det är en betydande industristad med rika oljekällor i närheten. Den kallas för “det andra Baku”. Från Samara går en viktig oljeledning till Östeuropa.
Formerly a closed city, is now a large and important social, political, economic, industrial, and cultural centre in European Russia and hosted the European Union—Russia Summit in May 2007. It has a continental climate characterised by hot summers and cold winters. The life of citizens has always been intrinsically linked to the Volga River, which has not only served as the main commercial thoroughfare of Russia throughout several centuries, but also has great visual appeal. S ‘s riverfront is considered one of the favourite recreation places both for local citizens and tourists. After the Soviet novelist Vasily Aksyonov visited S , he remarked: “I am not sure where in the West one can find such a long and beautiful embankment. Possibly only around Lake Geneva”.