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a city in Sliudianka Raion, Irkutsk Oblast, RSFSR. It is situated on the south shore of Lake Baikal and has a station on the Irkutsk-Ulan-Ude railroad line. Population in 1968, 17,000. The settlement of Baikal’sk arose in 1961 in connection with the construction of a cellulose plant; it became a city in 1966.