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Tatarstan is an autonomous republic within Russia. The republic is about 800 kilometers (497 miles) east of Moscow. It is between the Volga River and the Kama River (a tributary of the Volga), and extends east to the Ural Mountains. Most of the people are Tatars,

Its capital is Kazan.

Religion[change | edit source]

Islam is the majority faith that people follow.

Geography[change | edit source]

The republic is located in the center of the East European Plain.

Rivers[change | edit source]

Major rivers include (Tatar names are given in parentheses):

Lakes[change | edit source]

Major reservoirs of the republic include (Tatar names are given in parentheses):

The biggest lake is Qaban. The biggest swamp is Kulyagash.

Hills[change | edit source]

Natural resources[change | edit source]

View of the Volga River in the confluence with the Kama River
View on the Taima River from Devil's Tower in Yelabuga

Major natural resources of Tatarstan include oil, natural gas, gypsum, and more. It is estimated that the Republic has over one billion tons of oil deposits.