Temnikov

 Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS
After a walk through the old streets of Krasnoslobodsk, drive to the town of Temnikov, the birthplace of Admiral Feodor Ushakov, the patron saint of Saransk and Mordovia. The drive from Krasnoslobodsk to Temnikov through the villages of Purdoshki and Zhegalovo will take about an hour (60 km/38 miles).

It seems that time has stood still at Temnikov. Life here is measured and quiet, and the air is very fresh. In the early 1930's, when the present-day borders of Mordovia were set, the authorities wanted to make Temnikov the region’s capital - but the town had no railroad, which was strategically important in those years. Temnikov, established in 1536, was the centre of the cognominal district that was part of Tambov Governorate from 1779 to 1923.