Follow RT on the latest news from Kazan, including travel, sport and weather. Kazan is one of the most populous cities in Russia and is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. Kazan was founded in 1005 and became a part of Russia during the Russian Tsardom period under Ivan the Terrible in 1552, as a result of the Siege of Kazan. It is a melting pot of two cultures – Orthodox and Muslim. Get the history and cultural news on RT.com. From time to time, different types of events take place in Kazan, including cultural and sport ones. Kazan will be a host city at the FIFA World Cup in 2018 holding the matches at its Kazan Arena opened in June 2013. In the past Kazan hosted 2013 Summer Universiade. 27 new sport venues were built for this event, which have been used for different sport purposes after. Find the news about the Universiade 2013 in Kazan and other events taking place in the city.