Kemerovo Region is located in the southern part of western Siberia, about 3,500 km from Moscow (four hours by air). Over 3 million people live here, mostly in large cities. In fact, Kemerovo Region is a very urbanized part of Russia, with about 87% of the population residing in cities. Kemerovo Region is also known as Kuzbass - from "Kuznetsk basin" - the name of the largest coal deposit on Earth, which is located here.
Kemerovo region is known for industries such as mining, metallurgy, chemicals, and machining. In the Soviet era, Kemerovo region was heavily industrialized, which meant pollution. That's gotten a lot better now, mainly because of cutbacks in production since the collapse of the Soviet economy.
The two really big cities in Kemerovo region are Kemerovo (city) and Novokuznetsk. Almost half of the population lives in these two cities of similar size. There are also smaller cities such as Anzhero-Sudzhensk, Leninsk-Kuznetskiy, Prokopievsk, Kiselyovsk, Mezhdurechensk, among others.