The Ulyanovsk Region is located in the south-eastern part of European Russia and is bordered with the Samara, Saratov and Penza Regions and the Republics of Mordovia, Tatarstan and Chuvashia. The Volga flows through the region and the President Bridge which crosses the Volga at Ulyanovsk is the second-longest bridge in Russia.
Ulyanovsk is the region’s administrative centre. The city is the birthplace of Vladimir Lenin, who was born Vladimir Ulyanov - the city then was known as Simbirsk and it was renamed in Lenin’s honour in 1924 after his death. Unsurprisingly the city also has several museums and monuments connected to Lenin and the street where he lived has been kept as it was, preserving its 19th century appearance.