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Starbucks City Mug Krasnodar 1 - Statue of Ekaterina the Great (statue middle)

Krasnodar is a city and the administrative center of Krasnodar Krai, Russia, located on the Kuban River about 148 kilometers northeast of the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk. It was founded on January 12, 1794 as Yekaterinodar. The original name meant "Catherine's Gift", recognizing both Catherine the Great's grant of land in the Kuban region to the Black Sea Cossacks and Saint Catherine of Alexandria, who is considered to be the patron of the city. In December 1920, as a result of the October Revolution, Yekaterinodar was renamed Krasnodar (Gift of the Reds). The city originated as a fortress built by Cossacks to defend imperial borders and assert Russian dominion over Circassia, a claim which Ottoman Turkey contested. In the first half of the 19th century, Yekaterinodar grew into a busy center of the Kuban Cossacks. It was granted town status in 1867. By 1888, about 45,000 people lived in the city, which had become a vital trade center for southern Russia. In 1897, an obelisk commemorating the two-hundred-year history of the Kuban Cossack Host was erected in Yekaterinodar. During the Russian Civil War, the city changed hands several times between the Red Army and the Volunteer Army. Many Kuban Cossacks were committed anti-Bolsheviks who supported the White Movement. Lavr Kornilov, a White general, captured the city on April 10, 1918, only to be killed a week later when a Bolshevik artillery shell blew up the farmhouse he was using as his headquarters. During the World War II, Krasnodar was occupied by the German Army between August 12, 1942 and February 12, 1943. The city sustained heavy damage in the fighting but was rebuilt and renovated after the war. In the summer of 1943, the Soviets began trials, including of their own citizens, for collusion with the Nazis and participation in war crimes. The first such trial was held at Krasnodar from July 14 to 17, 1943. The Krasnodar tribunal pronounced eight death sentences, which were summarily executed in the city square in front of a crowd of about thirty thousand people. Krasnodar is famous for its trampoline tumbling school, its representatives being Alexander Moskalenko and Irina Karavaeva. The guru of national handball Yevgeni Trefilov, popular Greek basketball player Lazaros Papadopoulos and former soccer player for Russia's national team Dmitri Khokhlov were born in Krasnodar. Now two Krasnodar teams are in Russia's premier soccer league. Matches for the World Cup in 2018 will take place in Krasnodar.

The mug represents statue of Empress Ekaterina the Great in Krasnodar. This tribute to the city founder was erected in 1907 and destroyed by communists during 1920's revolution. Restored in 2006. Statue represents Ekaterina the Great with lute-strumming Cossacks and Potemkin at her heel. It is situated in the city center, at Krasnaya Street. A must see when visiting the city.

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edited by mobydick74

This first version has the statue in the middle of the picture between the letters "sn" of "Krasnodar". The later version has it to the right at "d".

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