The Republic of Tatarstan is a federal subject of Russia (a republic) located in the Volga Federal District. Its capital Kazan is one of Russia's largest and most prosperous cities. Tatarstan shares borders with Kirov, Ulyanovsk, Samara, and Orenburg Oblasts, and with the Mari El, Udmurt, Chuvash republics, and the Republic of Bashkortostan. The unofficial Tatarstan motto is: Bez Buldırabız! (We can!).