IN THE INFORMATION AGE, stereotypes, biases and misconceptions are meant to be broken. "Novosibirsk is a city of the future," says one of the billboards on one of the main avenues. The third largest city in the whole of Russia with its metro population of over 2 million, Novosibirsk is regarded as an unofficial capital city of Siberia. Clean streets, lots of parks and greenery, and modern city architecture. Public transportation, including the metro, is easy and convenient. Akademgorodok, a high-tech hub, well may be considered the Silicon Valley of Russia where a number of tech companies are now developing digital twin and other metaverse technologies.
Unlike any major U.S. city flooded with thousands of homeless people, you wouldn't see a single homeless person on the street of Novosibirsk. A common misconception in the West is that Russians living in Siberia and regions of Russia outside Moscow are poor and even oppressed. They are not. They are better than OK economically, and certainly, they are not "oppressed." The vast majority of households own city apartments, country houses (a "dacha" is a must), cars and gadgetry, and can afford vacations abroad on a regular basis. Compared to Moscow, one of the most expensive capitals of the world, Siberians enjoy a relatively low cost of living and low taxes. As you see in the video, Novosibirsk has a rich cultural scene, such as the Theater of Opera and Ballet, the largest in Russia, plentiful recreation like Aqua Mir, the largest all-year-long indoor water park in Russia, suburban resorts, and brisk nightlife.
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