The Republic of Tatarstan is a federal subject
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 of Russia
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 (a republic
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) located in the Volga Federal District
Volga Federal District
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. Its capital
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 is the city of Kazan
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, which is one of Russia's largest and most prosperous cities. The republic borders with Kirov
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, Ulyanovsk
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, Samara
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, and Orenburg Oblast
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s, and with the Mari El, Udmurt, and Chuvash Republics, as well as with the Republic of Bashkortostan. The unofficial Tatarstan motto is: Bez Buldırabız! (We can!). Population:
"Tatarstan" derives from the name of the Tatar ethnic group and the Persian
Persian language
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 suffix -stan
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(an ending common to many Central Asian countries).