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En NameNovokuznetsk
Ru NameНовокузнецк
Image SkylineUlitsa Ordzhonikidze Novokuzneck.jpg
Map Label Positiontop
Image CoaWapen Novokoeznetsk.png
Federal SubjectKemerovo Oblast
Adm Ctr OfNovokuznetsky District
Adm Ctr Of Ref
Inhabloc CatCity
Urban Okrug JurNovokuznetsk Urban Okrug
Leader TitleMayor
Leader NameValery Smolego
Representative BodyCity Duma
Pop 2010census547900
Pop 2010census Rank28th
Pop 2002census563020
Pop 2002census Rank26th
Established Date1618
Prev Name1Kuznetsk
Prev Name1 Date1931
Prev Name2Stalinsk
Prev Name2 Date1961
Dialing Codes3843
DateMay 2010

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Novokuznetsk ( ) is a city and the administrative center of Novokuznetsky District of Kemerovo Oblast, Russia. Population: The Novokuznetsk urban agglomeration which includes the towns of Kiselyovsk, Mezhdurechensk, and Prokopyevsk has a population of 1.13 million people.

Founded in 1618 by men from Tomsk as a Cossack ostrog (fort) on the Tom River, it was initially called Kuznetsk ( ). It was granted town status in 1622. It was here that Fyodor Dostoevsky married his first wife, Maria Isayeva (1857). Joseph Stalin's rapid industrialization of the Soviet Union transformed the sleepy town into a major coal mining and industrial center in the 1930s. It merged with Sad Gorod in 1931. In 1931 1932 the city was known as Novokuznetsk and between 1932 1961 as Stalinsk ( ), after Stalin.

On March 19, 2007 a massive methane explosion ripped through the Ulyanovskaya mine in Novokuznetsk killing over 100 people. The mine was the largest coal producing center in the Kemerovo Region, located in a coal rich area of south central Russia known as the Kuzbass region. It is the deadliest mining accident in recent history.

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