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Volgograd Oblast is an area of natural beauty and national traditions. It is the birthplace of the Cossack chieftain Yermak Timofeyevich, the conqueror of Siberia, and the rebel leaders Stepan Razin and Kondraty Bulavin. It is the cradle of victory in the Second World War and the memory of the dead heroes is preserved in a communal grave on Mamayev Kurgan. The area has a number of archaeological monuments: a prehistoric settlement, Sarmatian villages and tombs and Golden Horde towns.More about the region