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Arkhangelsk

Essentials

The northern city of Arkhangelsk was once the principal Russian port connecting the country with Western Europe and from here the first English traders arrived during the time of Ivan the Terrible. Despite this trade diminishing upon the foundation of St Petersburg the city remained an important port and played a significant role in the Second World War receiving aid from the USSR’s western allies. Arkhangelsk is just a short trip by plane for the Solovetsky Islands.

Arkhangelsk


Basic facts
Name in Russian Архангельск
Status City-municipality and administrative centre of the Arkhangelsk Region
Location On the River Severnaya Dvina
Distance 1,230km north-east of Moscow; 1,420km north-east of St Peterburg
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 350,368 people (2014)
Founded 1584
Former Names Novokholmogory, Arkhangelsky Gorod
Titles/Awards City of Military Glory
City Day last Sunday in June
Official Website http://www.arhcity.ru/