The chief executive officer of Ufa, Vasili Oreshkin, spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting with officials of other major bookmakers. According to him, “In recent years, our customers have repeatedly requested us to allow them to take advantage of our strong relationship with UFA. We have therefore been considering the possibility of expanding our partnership with UFA.” He declined to provide further details, citing company policy of not making major announcements until a time arrives when the new deals have been finalized.
Earlier this year, RIA Novosti reported that Russia’s first and only professional international chess club had decided to establish a headquarters in ufa, following the success of its first ever tournament in 2008. The association’s board of directors comprises prominent politicians, businessmen, and writers, together with a high number of military veterans and chess grandmasters. Currently, ufa is promoting its first ever world championship between strong teams from countries including France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
Earlier this month, Vasili Oreshkin also visited the prestigious Military Museum of Ufa (Izvestia), situated in the village of Leninska oblast (beside the village of Peski). According to him, “The culture museum there gives an insight to the way people belonging to different parts of the world view history and culture in our times.” He went on to say that he was very pleased to meet several prominent personalities of ufa. Among those who were present at the meeting were members of the Russian State Duma (parliament), along with former president of Russia, Mr. Alexi Komarov and members of various advisory and governing groups of the Russian Federation. Mr. Komarov is currently the first vice president of the Federation of Trade and Economy, and Mr. Oreshkin is a member of the executive board of United Eurasian Investment Fund (EAFE).
The next stop of Mr. Oreshkin and his group was the Izvestia house museum. According to him, it was a great honor for him to be given the opportunity to inspect the former royal fortress of Severina. As a former member of the administration of the Severina dynasty, Oreshkin noted that the museum was completed in accordance with his own standards. The museum has two parts: a fine arts section and a collection of furniture and other artifacts. According to him, the former part, which covers the entire palace, is probably the most important section of the whole structure. The Severina coat of arms, which is a copy of the coat of arms of the Russian empire and has been preserved in their original condition, is another fascinating feature of the museum.
At the same time, during his visit to the Ural Mountains, Vasili Oreshkin was also able to witness the Dashnitz castle, one of the most important monuments of Moscovites. The fortress is one of the four landmarks of the Ural region and it was built according to strict traditions. According to the historian Vasili Oreshko, he managed to visit the fortress during his trip to Ufa as a guest. The most impressive aspect of the site, however, is the underground complex where the last Grand Duchessess dowry was buried, and which has been preserved intact even to this day.
The last stop of Oreshkin’s group was the Ural settlement of Tverka, where they enjoyed the thermal baths. After covering all the main tourist sites of ufa, the last stop of Vasili Oreshko’s group was the city center. There, in the Ural-Sibirsk region, Vasili Oreshko was given the opportunity to witness another of the most important monuments of ufa: the square of tilosha (the head of the hammer). The aim of the Russian authorities in renovating the square was to turn it into a public building. To this day, you can find modern houses on the square, dating back hundreds of years.