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Minusinsk(mēno͞osēnsk`), city (1989 pop. 73,000), S central Siberian Russia, in Krasnoyarsk Territory, in the Minusinsk basin and on the Yenisei River. Founded in 1822, it is a river port and the center of an agricultural and gold- and coal-mining basin. There is a food-processing industry.
a city under krai authority, in Krasnoiarsk Krai, RSFSR. It is situated in the central part of the Minusinsk Basin, 12 km from the Minusinsk railroad station on the Abakan-Taishet line. It is a port on the right bank of the Enisei River. Highways connecting Abakan and Kyzyl (Tuva ASSR) pass through the city. Population, 44,500 (1973).
The city was formed in 1822 out of the Min’iusinskoe settlement, founded in 1739 (in 1810 the name was changed to Minusinskoe). It was the capital of Enisei Province and the center of agriculture and the transit trade in Eastern Siberia. It was also a place to which political prisoners were exiled. During the Civil War the Minusinsk Rebellion broke out here in 1918. While living in exile in the village of Shushenskoe from 1897 to 1900, V. I. Lenin visited Minusinsk a number of times.
During the Soviet period industry, especially food processing, has been developed. The principal enterprises are a flour mill, a macaroni factory, a vegetable cannery, a brewery, and a liqueur and vodka distillery. There are also furniture, clothing, and glove factories. Minusinsk has a technicum providing training in the mechanization of agriculture and pedagogical and cultural-educational schools. There is a drama theater and a museum of local lore, founded in 1877.