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Not to be confused with Kuznetskmarker, in Penza Oblastmarker.

Novokuznetsk ( ) is a city in Kemerovo Oblast, Russiamarker with a population of 549,870 (2002 Census). It is located c. 3,000 km east of Moscow. The Novokuznetsk urban agglomeration which includes the towns of Kiselyovsk, Mezhdurechensk, Kemerovo Oblastmarker and Prokopyevskmarker has a population of 1.13 million people.

Founded in 1618 by men from Tomskmarker as a Cossack ostrog (fort) on the Tom Rivermarker, it was initially called Kuznetsk ( ). It was here that Fyodor Dostoevsky married his first wife, Maria Isayeva (1857). Joseph Stalin's rapid industrialization of the Soviet Unionmarker transformed the sleepy town into a major coal mining and industrial center in the 1930s. In 1931–1932 the city was known as Novokuznetsk and between 1932–1961 as Stalinsk ( ), after Stalin.

On March 19, 2007 a massive methane explosion ripped through the Ulyanovskaya mine in Novokuznetsk killing over 100 people. The mine was the largest coal producing center in the Kemerovo Region, located in a coal rich area of south central Russia known as the Kuzbass region. It is the deadliest mining accident in recent history.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Novokuznetsk is twinned with:

City districts


  • Novokuznesk branch of Kemerovo State University
  • Siberian State Industrial University
  • Novokuznetsk State University of Pedagogy
  • State Institute for Postgraduate Training of Physicians of Russian Ministry of Health known also as Novokuznetsk Postgraduate Physician Institute
  • Novokuznetsk Scientific Center of Medicosocial Expert Evaluation and Rehabilitation of Invalids, Federal Agency for Public Health and Social welfare
  • Institute of General Problems of Hygiene and Occupational Diseases, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences


Novokuznetsk is a heavily industrial city and is located in the heart of the Kuzbass regionmarker factories in the city include:


Metallurg Novokuznetsk is an ice hockey team based in Novokuznetsk, playing in the Kontinental Hockey League.

RC Novokuznetsk compete in the Professional Rugby League, the highest division of rugby union in Russia.


The main airport is Novokuznetsk Spichenkovo Airportmarker. The city is also a major railway junction with both local and long distance trains. Local public transport is provided by trams buses and trolleybuses.

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Image:Teatro di Drama di Novokuzneck.jpg|Novokuznetsk Drama TheatreImage:Monumento di Vladimir Majakovskij a Novkuzneck.jpg|Vladimir Mayakosky Monument in NovokuznetskImage:Monument Friendship of USSR Nations Novokuzneck.jpg|USSR Nations Friendship Monument in NovokuznestkImage:Panorama sulla Prospettiva Metallurgov Novokuzneck.jpg|Mettalurgov Avenue in Novokuznetsk


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