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Ridder (Kazakh and Russian: Риддер) is a city in the East Kazakhstan Provincemarker in north-eastern Kazakhstanmarker. , it has a population of 51,975.

Ridder is located at north-east of the region's capital, Oskemenmarker. Its surroundings are dominated by the foothills of the Altay Mountainsmarker.

History

Ridder was founded in 1786, receiving the rights of a town in 1934. Until 1941 it carried its present name, named after Philip Ridder who discovered the local ore deposits. In 1941 the town was renamed Leninogorsk, in 2002 it once more received its old name of Ridder.

Economy

Ridder is a center of mining operations and processing of nonferrous metals. Other branches of industry include wood and textile industry, food production, and mechanical engineering.

Transport

The European route E40, originating in Calaismarker, Francemarker, has its eastern terminus in Ridder. Over 8,000 km long, it is the longest European route.

Points of interest

Points of interest include a local museum and a botanical garden.

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