Izhevsk is the capital city of Udmurtia, Russia. It is situated along the Izh River, west of the Ural Mountains. Izhevsk is the nineteenth-largest city in Russia, and the most populous city in Udmurtia. Izhevsk is the most important economic centre of the Udmurt Republic, with the majority of financial and industrial activity concentrated in the city. Military industry remains the backbone of the local economy, with a number of enterprises operating in the city. By far the most important of these is Izhmash, which produces small arms and assault rifles popular both in Russia and abroad. The plant also produces motorcycles and automobiles under IZH brand name. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez visited Izhevsk to tour the Izhmash manufacturing centre where he announced his government's intention to purchase a large number of Izhevsk produced rifles.
Izhevsk has a population of over 648,146 people.
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