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Dudinka(do͞odyēn`kə), city (1989 pop. 32,000), Krasnoyarsk Territory, N Siberian Russia, on the Yenisei River. It is the river port for the Norilsk mining area and is accessible to seagoing ships. It is connected by rail with Norilsk. Founded in 1616 as a winter outpost on the Yenisei, Dudinka became a city in 1951. It was the capital of the Taymyr Autonomous Area (1930–2007; see under Taymyr PeninsulaTaymyr Peninsula
or Taimyr Peninsula
, northernmost projection of Siberia, N Krasnoyarsk Territory, N central Siberian Russia, between the estuaries of the Yenisei and Khatanga rivers and extending into the Arctic Ocean.
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a city (until 1951, a settlement), the center of the Taimyr (Dolgan-Nenets) National Okrug, Krasnoiarsk Krai, RSFSR. Population, 20,000 (1970). A port on the lower Enisei, open to oceangoing ships. Cargoes destined for the Noril’sk mining and metallurgical combine are received by the port, and nonferrous metals, coal, and ore are shipped out. A railroad branch 96 km long connects Dudinka with Noril’sk. The Messoiakha-Dudinka-Noril’sk gas main was laid through Dudinka in 1969. There is a fish-processing factory, a veterinary technicum, and a museum of local lore in Dudinka. The city arose as a wintering station in 1667.