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En NameBerezniki
Ru NameБерезники
Map Label Positiontop
Image CoaCoat of Arms of Berezniki (Perm krai) (1981).png
Image FlagFlag of Berezniki (Perm krai).png
Federal SubjectPerm Krai
Inhabloc CatCity
Urban Okrug JurBerezniki Urban Okrug
Leader TitleCity Head
Leader NameAndrey otovilov
Representative BodyCity Duma
Area Km2387
Pop 2010census156500
Pop 2010census Rank112th
Pop 2002census173077
Pop 2002census Rank101st
Established Date1873
Current Cat Date1932
Current Cat Date Ref
Dialing Codes3424
DateMay 2010

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Berezniki ( ) is a city in Perm Krai, Russia, situated on the banks of the Kama River, in the Ural mountains. Population:

The name Berezniki is derived from a birch forest originally situated on the city's location.

It was founded in 1932 as Soviet industry was rapidly expanding under Joseph Stalin. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the city's population dropped due to increased unemployment. Nevertheless, the city was able to keep its main industries on track. Large chemical plants such as titanium and sodium factories as well as several huge Potassium, Magnesium and Potash mines are operational in Berezniki.

Even though industrial plants pollute quite heavily, the natural environment around the city is beautiful and unique in many ways. It is common for wild animals to cross streets in the outskirts of the town. Forests and lakes are yet clean and peaceful. Many nature loving adventurers from all around Russia come here for off-road trails and expeditions. Berezniki has a theater and a museum of regional history.

Russia's first president Boris Yeltsin attended Pushkin High School in Berezniki.

In 2007, Berezniki made the news when a large sinkhole opened in the potash mines, the hole is 80m long, 40m wide and 200m deep. The sinkhole is expected to expand, and destroy part of the only rail line which leads to and from the Potash mines, Berezniki produces around 10% of the worlds Potash, this would lead global demand towards Canada, potentially damaging the local economy. Nobody was hurt when the sinkhole appeared.

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