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Ukhta

En NameUkhta
Ru NameУхта
Image SkylineViewFromVetlosyan.jpg
Image CaptionA view of Ukhta from Vetlosyan
Latd63
Latm34
Longd53
Longm42
Map Label Positionright
Image CoaCoat of Arms of Ukhta (Komia) (1979).png
Federal SubjectKomi Republic
Inhabloc CatTown
Leader TitleMayor
Leader NameOleg Kazartsev
Pop 2010census99642
Pop 2010census Rank167th
Pop 2002census103340
Pop 2002census Rank156th
Established Date1929
Postal Codes169300
Dialing Codes8216
DateMay 2010

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Ukhta ( ; , Ukva) is an important industrial town in the Komi Republic of Russia. Population:

Oil springs along the Ukhta River were already known in the 17th century. In the mid-19th century, industrialist M. K. Sidorov started to drill for oil in this area. It was one of the first oil wells in Russia. There was homecraft oil-field in 1920 - 1921 in Ukhta. Lying on the river of the same name, the settlement was founded as the village of Chibyu in 1929, but in 1939 it was renamed Ukhta. It received the town status in 1943 when it was linked to the Pechora Railway. To the east of the city is Sosnogorsk, and to the southwest Yarega. As well as its rail link Ukhta also has an airport.

Ukhta lies within the Pechora River basin, an important oil and gas-producing region. The oilfields lie just south of the city. Some of the Ukhta's oil is refined locally; most, however, is piped to oil refineries between St. Petersburg and Moscow. There were a few gas pipeline explosions at a distance of five miles from the town since 1990s.

The city expanded in the 1940s and 1950s by use of political prisoners' forced labour.On July 11, 2005, a Molotov cocktail killed 25 people in a shop. According to a police source the explosion was caused by a gas canister.


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