Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater is the most important theatre in Novosibirsk and Siberia. It was completed in February, 1944, the first performance being held on May 12th, 1945. It is the largest theater in Russia (larger than the
Bolshoi Theater in Moscow!). Located in downtown Novosibirsk, on Lenin Square, it is the symbol of the city. After its renovation in 2005, its computerized stage equipment became the most technically advanced in Russia.
Oil and gas producing companies keep occupying new territories forcing out their native population. RN-Purneftegas, one of the branches of Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft, promised to add new colors into the life of people living in the Purovsky Region, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. Those areas have been inhabited by
Nenets, Khanty and other peoples for centuries. It is yet black that has been prevailing so far. Peoples who survived revolutions, collectivization and the chaos of the 90s are now on the verge of extinction. Oil and gas production business turned out to be more hazardous than the threat of the past.