Welcome to Nizhni Novgorod! Nizhni Novgorod, Russia's third largest city, is an exciting city to live in. Unlike Moscow and St. Petersburg, with their large numbers of Westerners, Nizhni Novgorod offers insights into life in Russia's heartland. In previous centuries, Nizhni Novgorod was a commercial hub of Russia, located at the strategic confluence of the Oka and Volga rivers. Today it is the "test site" for democratic reform and free market initiatives. If transition to a peaceful, democratic future is to occur in Russia, Nizhni Novgorod will be the pacesetter. You are a first-hand witness to a unique historical phenomena, a society moving from totalitarianism to democracy with all its ups and downs, joys and sorrows.