Barnaul (Russian: Барнау́л) is a city in and the administrative center of Altai Krai, Russia. Barnaul is situated in the southwest of the Siberian Federal District on the Ob River, and is the closest major city to the Altai Mountains to the south.
Barnaul is also situated relatively near (approx. 500 miles) to the neighboring countries of Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and China.
Geographical location: 53°21′N 83°45′E. Population: 600,749 (2002 Census).