Kozmodemyansk is the main city of the group of Mari people who speak the Hill Mari dialect. It is believed that this quaint provincial city on the Volga served as the inspiration for the town of Vasyuki in the popular Soviet book and film Twelve Chairs. The city can be easily combined with visits to Yoshkar-Ola or Cheboksary.
Name in Russian
City-municipality and administrative centre of the Gornomariysky (Hill Mari) District of the Republic of Mari El
On the River Volga
120km south-west of Yoshkar-Ola, 245km east of Nizhny Novgorod, 675km east of Moscow