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Dzerzhinsk is a city in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia, located along the Oka River, about 400 kilometers east of Moscow. Population: 240,742; 261,334; 285,071. First mentioned in 1606 as Rastyapino, it has been named after Felix Dzerzhinsky, a Bolshevik leader who was the first head of the Soviet Cheka, since 1929. Modern-day Dzerzhinsk is a large center of the Russian chemicals production industry. In the past, the city was also among Russia's principal production sites for chemical weapons. Owing to its strategic significance, this city was, until recently, officially closed to foreign visitors.
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