Volga (Idel)

The Volga (Idel) is the largest river in Europe in terms of length, discharge, and watershed. It flows through central Russia, and is widely viewed as the national river of Russia. Out of the twenty largest cities of Russia, eleven, including the capital Moscow, are situated in the Volga (Idel)’s drainage basin. Some of the largest reservoirs in the world can be found along the Volga (Idel). The river has a symbolic meaning in Russian culture and is often referred to as Volga (Idel)-Matushka (Volga (Idel)-mother) in Russian literature and folklore.


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