Saransk, Russia
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Saransk

Russia

Saransk in eastern Russia is the capital of the Mordovia region and a financial and economic centre.

It may be a small city, but it has plenty of draws - enough to attract French actor Gerard Depardieu, who has been a resident of Saransk since 2013. The top attraction in the city is the ornate Cathedral of Saint Righteous Warrior Feodor Ushakov, with majestic gold domes that gleam in the sun.

To learn more about this region's history, pay a visit to the Mordovian National Culture Museum.