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the village near which a battle between Russian and Polish forces took place on June 24 (July 4), 1610. Situated on the road between Smolensk and Moscow, the village today lies within Gagarin Raion, Smolensk Oblast.

During the Polish and Swedish intervention in the early 17th century, Polish troops besieged Smolensk. Subsequently part of the troops under the command of the hetmán, S. Zółkiewski, advanced on Moscow and besieged Tsarevo Zaimishche, which lay in their path. A Russian force headed by D. Shuiskii and a Swedish-German detachment set out from Moscow, approaching Klushino on the evening of June 23 and making camp for the night. Early on the morning of June 24 the Poles suddenly attacked the Russians and defeated them. The foreign mercenaries went over to the Polish side, and Shuiskii fled to Moscow. The Russian troops defending Tsarevo Zaimishche (8,000 men, led by the voevodas Eletskii and Valuev) were forced to surrender, and the Polish troops advanced unchecked on Moscow. The defeat of the Russian troops at Klushino hastened the downfall of Tsar Vasilii Ivanovich Shuiskii.

Klushino is the birthplace of the first cosmonaut, Iu. A. Gagarin.

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Gagarin was born on March 9, 1934, in the village of Klushino, which was later renamed Gagarin, in the Smolensk District in the western part of Russia.
The 27-year-old Soviet Air Force pilot from Klushino, a tiny village west of Moscow, gained international fame as the first human in space.
The defeat of Vasilii's inept brother, Prince Dmitrii Shuiskii, by a Polish army at Klushino, led his boyars to force the tsar to abdicate in July 1610; soon afterwards, they swore an oath of loyalty to Sigismund's son Wladyslaw.
Born in Klushino in March 1934, Gagarin was launched into space aboard Vostok 1.
El joven de ojos azules nacio en 1934 en la aldea Klushino, a poco mas de 160 kilometros de Moscu.