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, city (1989 pop. 113,000), capital of Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Stavropol Territory, SE European Russian, on the Kuban River. Founded in 1825 as Batalpashinsk, it manufactures electrical equipment and shoes and has food-processing plants.
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until 1939 the name of Cherkessk, the administrative center of Karachai-Cherkess Autonomous Oblast, Stavropol’ Krai, RSFSR.