I live in the town of Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan. I was born here, and our family has been living in this place for over 20 years.
The first mention of Ufa can be found in the Russian chronicles dated back to the year 1574. At that time a multi-towered fortress was erected on the right bank of the Sutoloka river to shield off Russian land from the nomadic tribes. In the beginning it was just a castle made of oak-wood. Ancient Bashkirians have called it Imyan Kala that means Oak city. The city was named after the river that goes nearby.
Now Ufa is the capital of RB, it is a political, administrative, economic, education and cultural center of the republic and just beautiful and modern polis. Today the population of Ufa is over 1,2 million.