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A Passage in Volzhsky

For the general information:
Volzhsky (Russian: ́) is an industrial city in Volgograd Oblast, Russia. It is located on the east bank of the Volga River and its distributary the Akhtuba, twenty kilometers to the northeast of Volgograd, at 4848′20″N, 4444′30″E. Population: 313,169 (2002 Census).

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 labour who were rewarded with houses or apartments at end of their sentence, like the older neighbour 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.

The main enterprises in the city are Volga GES (a hydroelectric station), Volzhsky Trubny Zavod (producing steel pipes), Volzhsky Khimvolokno (chemical fibers), Volzhsky Orgsynthese (chemical products), Volzhskrezinotekhnika (resin products), Volzhsky Shinny Zavod (tires), Volzhsky Podshipnikovy Zavod (bearings).

I Choose You!
I Choose You!
Bathing in the Fountain
Bathing in the Fountain
Walking the Dog in Volzhsky
Walking the Dog in Volzhsky
The Eating Boy and the Waving Hand from the Taxi, and Lenin of Course!
The Eating Boy and the Waving Hand from the Taxi, and Lenin of Course!
The Pony-Riding Fun!
The Pony-Riding Fun!
The Shade of Lenin Over the City
The Shade of Lenin Over the City
Volzhskaya Parkour
Volzhskaya "Parkour"
A view on the Akhtuba River
A view on the Akhtuba River
Lenin Inviting to Stay in the Akhtuba Hotel
Lenin Inviting to Stay in the Akhtuba Hotel
The Volzhsky Doggy
The Volzhsky Doggy
The Municipal Picture Gallery of Volzhsky
The Municipal Picture Gallery of Volzhsky
Riding the Bike Between the War Memorial and the Picture Gallery
Riding the Bike Between the War Memorial and the Picture Gallery
Light Heads
Light Heads
What a Cute Mushroom I Just Found in the Grass!
What a Cute Mushroom I Just Found in the Grass!
Look, Wife, I'm Pointing Like Lenin Did!
Look, Wife, I'm Pointing Like Lenin Did!