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, city (1989 pop. 181,000), E European Russia, a port on the Volga River. It has a large chemical fiber complex. Founded by Ukrainian settlers, it was a major destination of German settlers during the reign of Catherine the Great. The city was called Pokrovsk until 1931.
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an urban-type settlement and administrative center of Ordzhonikidze Raion, Yakut ASSR. Landing on the left bank of the Lena River, 78 km above Yakutsk. There is a construction-materials plant in Pokrovsk.
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