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Volzhsky, Volgograd Oblast

En NameVolzhsky
Ru NameВолжский
Image SkylineVolzhsky center pr Lenina.jpg
Image CaptionLenina Avenue
Map Label Positionright
Image CoaCoat of Arms of Volzhsky (Volgograd oblast).png‎
Image FlagFlag of Volzhsky (Volgograd oblast).png
Federal SubjectVolgograd Oblast
Inhabloc CatCity
Leader TitleHead
Leader NameMarina Afanasyeva
Representative BodyCity Duma
Area Km2150
Pop 2010census314436
Pop 2010census Rank58th
Pop 2002census313169
Pop 2002census Rank60th
Established Date1951
Postal Codes404100..404133
Dialing Codes8443
DateMay 2010

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Volzhsky ( ) is an industrial city in Volgograd Oblast, Russia, located on the east bank of the Volga River and its distributary the Akhtuba, 20 km northeast of Volgograd. Population:

There was no indigenous population on the site of the modern city of Volzhsky until the 18th century. The first settlers were fugitives who called themselves bezrodnye ( , "without kith or kin") and the village they set up had the name Bezrodnoye. In 1720, Peter the Great, noting the abundance of mulberry forests in the area, ordered the setting up of a state silk factory there.

The settlement of Volzhsky was registered in 1952. It had a population of about 10,000 at that time. In 1954 the settlement was reorganized into the city of Volzhsky. Its biggest upsurge of population came for the construction of the Volga Hydroelectric Station

The city was built by civil convict labor who were rewarded with houses or apartments at end of their sentence, like the older neighbor city of Volgograd rebuilt by German prisoners of war after 1945. Volzhsky was a city planned in a modern style with courtyard apartment blocks angled to deter hot summer winds off the steppes.

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