Chelyabinsk is the industrial centre of the South Urals and is traditionally closely associated with the production of tanks and the Katyusha rocket launchers which proved vital for the Soviet cause during the Second World War. However Chelyabinsk's status as Tank City has recently been eclipsed by it becoming known as the Meteor City. In February 2013 Chelyabinsk made international headlines when a meteor exploded over the city, which was captured on many dash-cams. As a transport hub, a visit to Chelyabinsk can be combined with a trip around the South Urals.
|Name in Russian||Челябинск|
|Status||City municipality and administrative centre of the Chelyabinsk Region|
|Location||On the River Miass|
|Distance||215km south of Yekaterinburg; 1,785km east of Moscow|
|Time Zone||Yekaterinburg Time (Moscow +2)|
|Population||1,169,432 people (2014)|