Yekaterinburg, Russia – Home of Russia's First President
Yekaterinburg has several very important stories that you need to know about, that ultimately culminate in the Russia you know, see, and hear about today.
Where Is Yekaterinburg, Russia?
A Brief Story of Yekaterinburg
Founded in 1723, it was named after the wife of Tsar (Caesar) Peter the Great – Yekaterina, whom eventually became Catherine, The First Queen of Russia.
After many years, the Yekaterinburg was developed into a major metal working city, and a power house for trade between the European, south, and Siberian Russia.
Eventually, the Bolsheviks (communists) took over Russia, sent the royal Tsar family for a permanent house arrest near Yekaterinburg.
The communists were concerned that the ‘tsar' army might still try to save the royal family, so they executed everyone, including the wife and kids in the forest, and poured acid on the bodies to prevent recovery.
After communist victory of Russia in 1924, the city was renamed to ‘Sverdlovsk' after the communist party leader at the time (not Lenin).
In this same city, emerged a man named ‘Boris Yeltsin', who was in charge of most of the industry in the region, and an important member of the communist party.
By 1987, Boris Yeltsin submitted a letter of resignation to the communist party, which was the first time ever – causing shock and a massive surge in popularity.
By 1991, Yeltsin became the first President of Russia (but not before a failed coup that almost converted Russia back into communism).
Sverdlovsk was eventually renamed back to Yekaterinburg, yet, it still maintains itself as an industrial powerhouse for metalworking.