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Pytalovo ( ) or Abrene (Latvian) is a town in Pskov Oblast, Russiamarker, the administrative center of Pytalovsky District. Latviamarker disputed the jurisdiction of the area which it calls Abrene district, until signing the 2007 treaty with Russia[128948]. Population: 6,615 (2004 est.); 6,806 (2002 Census); 7,166 (1989 Census).


Pytalovo village by 1878 had a population of 57 and belonged to Ostrov uyezd (district) of Pskovmarker Guberniya. It grew into a town after becoming a railway station by a newly constructed railroad branch.

By the Latvian-Soviet Riga Peace Treaty of 1920, part of Ostrov uyezd, including Pytalovo was passed to Latvia and the town was known since then by its Latvian name Jaunlatgale (until 1938 when its official name was changed to Abrenemarker). During the interwar period it was the capital of one of Latvia's districts.

After the World War II, the Soviet Unionmarker transferred Abrene together with the eastern part of the Abrene District from Latvian SSR to Pskov Oblast of the Russian SFSR. Most of the Latvian inhabitants left the town and the town was renamed back to Pytalovo . This change of jurisdiction has been a matter of Latvian-Russian disagreement since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Pytalovo is the largest town in this disputed region.

Places of interest

Among places of interest in town Pytalovo there is a modernist style railroad station building built in the early 20th century, the wooden building of the functioning St. Nicholas Church built in 1931, the post office building (early 20th century) and the house of merchant Ilyin (built in the 1920s) located at 9 Pushkinskaya Street.

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