The Municipality of Kranj (MOK) and the Russian city of Yekaterinburg established their first links on the basis of economic ties. Yekaterinburg is the fourth largest Russian city in terms of population; it is a major logistics and transportation hub on the Trans-Siberian railway as well as an important cultural, sports, and industrial center. The twinning between Kranj and Yekaterinburg, which was sealed in writing by the Mayor of Kranj, Matjaž Rakovec, and the Mayor of Yekaterinburg, Alexey Orlov, opens up new opportunities for cooperation between the two cities in the fields of education, culture, tourism, sports, and, of course, economy. Upon his visit of Yekaterinburg, Matjaž Rakovec delivered letters on cooperation possibilities from Kranj Grammar School, France Prešeren Grammar School, Prešeren Theatre Kranj, and the Faculty of Organizational Sciences, which has already established ties with the Ural Federal University.
The Slovenian delegation also included Iskratel’s CEO Robert Kuzmič. Iskratel has cultivated a strong relationship with the administrative center of the Urals Federal District and the Sverdlovsk Oblast since 1994, when together with its Russian partners it established Iskrauraltel, a local company with a total of 200 employees in sales, development, production, and the service center. “Our subsidiary is constantly growing and evolving; on an annual level, it represents between 35 and 40 percent of the Iskratel Group’s revenues. I am therefore particularly pleased that Kranj and Yekaterinburg have strengthened their bond by twinning. We, too, will continue to promote quality, integrity, collaboration, and cooperation — both within and beyond the Iskratel Group, and especially with business partners and universities in both countries. There are more than enough opportunities and common grounds for development and growth,” said Robert Kuzmič.