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Volzhsk (aka Julser-Ola in the Mari language) is a city in Russia, the administrative centre of Volzhsk District of Mary El Republic (Russia), the second-large city in the republic.

The population of Volzhsk is 56.2 thousand people (as of 2010).

Volzhsk stands on the left bank of Volga River (the Kuibyshev water basin), in the most southern point of the Mari El Republic, 101 km southward from its capital city Yoshkar-Ola.

History of Volzhsk

The city of Volzhsk grew up from Lopatino Settlement and was founded in 1940 due to merging of three settlements. In the days of the Great Patriotic War lots of thousands of people, the Ryazan aviation factory and other small enterprises were evacuated to the city. At the same time more than 6 thousand people one third of the towns population - left to the frontline. In 1960 thanks to industrialization the population increased up to 60000, however later the growth in population was over.

In December, 1999 heating and power supply was cut off all over Volzhsk due to lack of citys coffers. The Tatar part of the citys population tried to initiate a referendum about transition of Volzhsk into a more economically safe Republic of Tatarstan, which was resolutely rejected by the republican authorities, which did not want to lose the republics second-largest and economically developed city.

A bus explosion happened in Volzhsk in 2009, however the version of an act of terrorism was denied.

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