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(both: yĭkä'tĭrēmbo͝ork`), formerly


(svyĭrdlôfsk`), city (1989 pop. 1,365,000), capital of the Sverdlovsk region and the administrative center of the Ural federal district, E European Russia, in the eastern foothills of the central Urals, on the Iset River. One of the largest cities of the Urals, it is an air and rail junction (a western terminus of the Trans-Siberian RRTrans-Siberian Railroad,
rail line, linking European Russia with the Pacific coast. Its construction began in 1891, on the initiative of Count S. Y. Witte, and was completed in 1905.
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) and a leading industrial, scientific, and cultural center. Yekaterinburg is among Russia's leading producers of turbines and ball bearings. Other industries include metallurgy, gem cutting, and the manufacture of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and tires. The city's educational and cultural institutions include the Urals branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Urals Law Institute, several mining schools, and a meteorological observatory.

Sverdlovsk began as a fort and metallurgical factory built in 1721 on the site of an earlier settlement. In 1723 the city was named Yekaterinburg in honor of Peter I's wife, who became Empress Catherine I. The first ironworks were established in 1726, and the city developed steadily as an administrative center for the mining towns of the Urals and Siberia. Its importance was enhanced by the building of the Great Siberian Highway through the city in 1783, but even more so by the construction of the Trans-Siberian RR in the 19th cent. Czar Nicholas and his family were imprisoned and shot by the Bolsheviks at Yekaterinburg in 1918. The city was renamed in 1924 for the Communist leader Y. M. Sverdlov. The transfer of much Soviet industry from European USSR to the less vulnerable Urals during World War II further stimulated the growth of Sverdlovsk. With the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the name of Yekaterinburg was restored to the city.


, Ekaterinburg
a city in NW Russia, in the Ural Mountains: scene of the execution (1918) of Nicholas II and his family; university (1920); one of the largest centres of heavy engineering in Russia. Pop.: 1 281 000 (2005 est.)
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Genetic tests show two acid-burned bodies found by a disused road outside Ekaterinberg are Princess Maria and Crown Prince Alexei Romanov.
Bob Wareing, MP for West Derby Went to Moscow and Ekaterinberg for seven days in February, paid for by a Russian news agency, and to Egypt for five days in March, courtesy of the Egyptian government.
The latest shop, inside the Atrium Palace Hotel in Ekaterinberg, will be officially opened by Prince Michael of Kent next week.
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This houses the tombs of all the Romanovs, from Peter the Great to the last tsar Nicholas and his family, whose remains were exhumed from Ekaterinberg and reburied here.
This houses the tombs of all the Romanovs, from Peter the Great to the last tsar and his family, Nicholas and Alexandra and their children, whose remains were exhumed from Ekaterinberg and reburied here.