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Dzerzhinsk is a city in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia, located along the Oka River, about 400km east of Moscow. Population:HistoryFirst mentioned in 1606 as Rastyapino, it is named after Felix Dzerzhinsky, a Bolshevik leader who was the first head of the Soviet Cheka, since 1929.Administrative and municipal statusWithin the framework of administrative divisions, it is, together with three work settlements and eleven rural localities, incorporated as the city of oblast significance of Dzerzhinsk—an administrative unit with a status equal to that of the districts. As a municipal division, the city of oblast significance of Dzerzhinsk is incorporated as Dzerzhinsk Urban Okrug.Chemical weapons and other productionModern-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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