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, city (1989 pop. 120,000), E central Russia, on the Sosna River, a tributary of the Don. A rail junction in a black-earth agricultural district, the city exports livestock and grain. Yelets has been famed for its lace since the 19th cent.
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a city in Lipetsk Oblast of the RSFSR, on the Sosna River (a tributary of the Don) and the Moscow-Voronezh highway. Located 78 km west of Lipetsk. A junction of railroad lines to Moscow, Orel, Valuiki, Griazi, and Troekurovo. Population, 102,000 (1971; 43,000 in 1926, 51,000 in 1939).

Elets is first mentioned in a chronicle in 1146. Founded as a fortified point in the principality of Riazan’ for defense against the Polovtsy, it was destroyed in 1237 by the forces of Baty, and in 1395 was seized by Tamerlane. The ravages of the Tatars in 1415 and 1450 brought the city into decline, but it was restored at the end of the 16th century. In 1778 it became a district administrative center.

Elets produces machinery and equipment (a voltaic cell and a hydraulic tractor assemblies plant, the Prozhektornye Ugli Plant, the Gidroprivod Plant, a machine shop, and a medical equipment plant) and construction materials. It has a meat-packing combine, a sugar refinery, a tannery, and clothing, knit-wear, tobacco, and cardboard factories. Elets is famous for lace-making. It has a teachers college, a railroad transport technicum, a medical school, and a music school. There is a museum of local lore in the city.


Elets. Lipetsk, 1961.
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When he came to himself after his illness he saw in attendance on him two of his servants, Terenty and Vaska, who had come from Moscow; and also his cousin the eldest princess, who had been living on his estate at Elets and hearing of his rescue and illness had come to look after him.
By the end of 1923, the retailer operated ten divisions with approximately 25 branch stores in Moscow and Leningrad and opened stores in Tambov-Voronezh, Nizhngorov, Saratov, Orel, Elets, Kursk, Tula, Krasnodar, Samara, Perm, Tiumen, Ekaterinburg, and Khar'kov.
42) Surveying the social crisis that was engulfing Russia in 1914, Elets blames the financial and moral decline of the Russian family upon women's desire to dress a la mode.
Elets, Poval'noe bezumie: K sverzheniiu iga mad (St.
Elets wrote, "Peasant women and girls, going to a party or wedding, never think about whether they will be dressed better or worse than the others, because all [peasant women] dress more or less the same.
Elets was extremely worried about women's moral purity which he and others claimed was destroyed in their obsession with clothes and shopping.
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