'One of Volgograd’s peculiarities is its significant extension. Its strip runs over 80 kilometers along the right waterside of the Volga River. The Volga River connects the city and the region with the center of the European part of Russia, the Urals and then through the Caspian Sea and the Volga-Don canal with the southern CIS Republics. Geographic position of the city provided comfortable economic links of the center with the Caucasus, the Urals, the Danube Regions. The North of the Caspian Region and Astrakhan can be reached through Volgograd.'