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 (smō-lĕnsk′, smə-)
A city of western Russia on the Dnieper River west-southwest of Moscow. First mentioned in the ninth century, it became an important port situated on various medieval trade routes. It was sacked by Mongols in the 13th century and captured by Lithuania, Russia, Poland, and Russia again in turn before being seized by Napoleon's troops in 1812. A shipping point for the surrounding agricultural region, it is also an industrial, cultural, and educational center.
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(Russian smaˈljɛnsk; English ˈsmɒlɛnsk)
(Placename) a city in W Russia, on the Dnieper River: a major commercial centre in medieval times; scene of severe fighting (1941 and 1943) in World War II. Pop: 323 000 (2005 est)
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a city in the W Russian Federation in Europe on the upper Dnieper. 338,000.
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Noun1.Smolensk - a city in western Russia on the Dnieper River; scene of severe fighting in World War II
Russian Federation, Russia - a federation in northeastern Europe and northern Asia; formerly Soviet Russia; since 1991 an independent state
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A plane carrying Lech Kaczynski, the Polish president, has crashed near Smolensk airport in western Russia, killing all 135 passengers on board, Russian and Polish officials say.
President Lech Kaczynski and his wife were on board a flight which crashed at 10.56 Moscow time near Smolensk airport in Russia, according to local officials.
SMOLENSK, Russia, April 10, 2010 (TAP) Polish president Lech Kaczynski was feared dead after his plane crashed on approach to a Russian airport on Saturday, a Polish government official at the airport told Reuters.
For Jews in small Russian cities like Smolensk, the Romanov monarchy's collapse opened unprecedented opportunities for social and political organization.(1) Yet we know virtually nothing about Jewish local politics during 1917.(2) Serious historical work on Russian Jews in 1917 has concentrated almost exclusively on high politics, and studies of particular Russian Jewish communities treat 1917 as a golden but fleeting moment of Jewish freedom in a manner that places it beyond analysis.