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"It's freezing this high up. Next time we're meeting at Per Se. I'll domesticate you boys yet."
"This would be a balmy day in Samara, Leland."
"Yes, it's perfect Chechnyans-kidnap-a-preschool weather, Vladimir."
Leland Owlsley and Vladimir Ranskahov[src]

Samara is the sixth largest city in Russia, situated in the southeastern part of European Russia at the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers.



Samara is a city known for, among other things, its climate, as it may change from -40ºC during cold winters to more than 40ºC during warm summers. As such, Russian citizens are usually not concerned about the climate in warmer latitudes, as Vladimir Ranskahov compared the cold that Leland Owlsley complained about to a simple balmy day in Samara.[1]

Bruce Banner's Journey


Intelligence on the Hulk's Russian rampage

In 2007, United States intelligence tracked Bruce Banner's passage through the city, where Banner underwent a transformation into his alter ego, Hulk. Banner caused significant damage to a car, and a photograph of the wreck was passed on to the Strategic Operations Command Center as part of their investigation.[2]


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