The flag of the Republic of Tatarstan
The arms of the Republic Tatarstan

The Republic is located in the center of the East European Plain, approximately 800 kilometers (497 mi) east of Moscow. It lies between the Volga River and the Kama River (a tributary of the Volga), and extends east to the Ural mountains.

Republic of Tatarstan is a federal subject of Russia.

  • tatars (52,4%)
  • russians (39,5%)
  • chuvashes (3,4%)
  • ukrainians, udmurts, mari, bashkirs, jews, etc.

Main economic sectors:

  • industry
  • agricultural sector
  • building, housing and communal services
  • transport
  • IT and communication
  • food and non-food retail

Political System

The Republic of Tatarstan is a constituent republic of the Russian Federation. Most of the Russian federal subjects are tied with the Russian federal government by the uniform Federal Treaty, but relations between the government of Tatarstan and the Russian federal government are more complex, and are precisely defined in the Constitution.

Economic system

Tatarstan is one of the most economically developed regions of Russia. The republic is highly industrialized, and ranks second only to Samara Oblast in terms of industrial production per km2. Tatarstan’s GDP per capita was USD 12,325 in 2004, with GDP in 2008 at about 930 billion rubles.

Tatarstan consists of three distinguished industrial regions. The northwestern part is an old industrial region where engineering, chemical and light industry dominate. In the new industrial Northeast region with its core in the Naberezhnye Chelny-Nizhnekamsk agglomeration, major industries are automobile construction, chemical industry, and power engineering. The Southeast region has oil production with engineering under development. The North, Central, South, and Southwest parts of the Republic are rural regions.

The Republic has a highly developed transport network. It mainly comprises highways, railway lines, four navigable rivers — Volga (İdel), Kama (Çulman), Vyatka (Noqrat) and Belaya (Ağidel), and oil pipelines and airlines. The territory of Tatarstan is crossed by the main gas pipelines carrying natural gas from Urengoy and Yamburg to the west and the major oil pipelines supplying oil to various cities in the European part of Russia.

Economic indicators of the Republic of Tatarstan.

Republic of Tatarstan is a federal subject of the Russian Federation. It has one of the most rapid growing economies.

Kazan, the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan is included on the list of Russia’s best cities for doing business (on the top five).

According to the World Bank’s sub national research “Doing business in Russia-2009” Kazan city has the most favorable conditions for doing business among the 10 main Russian cities.

Direct investments to Tatarstan from IDB member-countries:

Country 2008 (USD, million)
Turkey 230,4
Azerbaijan 1,3
Uzbekistan 0,8
Kazakhstan 0,6
Iran 0,2

Tatarstan exports to the IDB member-countries in 2008 were in amount of 3726441,5 thousand USD. Imports – 7780884,1 thousand USD.

Main export commodities from Tatarstan to the IDB member-countries are: trucks, helicopters, oil, tires, rubber, optics, medical and industrial equipment, veneer, furniture, ferrous metal products and others.