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Chkalovsk is a town in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia, located on the right bank of the Volga River, 95km northwest of Nizhny Novgorod, the administrative center of the oblast. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 12,368.HistoryIt has been known since the 12th century as Vasilyeva Sloboda, named so in honor of its founder Prince Vasily Yuryevich, the son of Yury Dolgoruky. For a long time the territory belonged to Prince Shuysky who eventually became Tsar Vasily Shuysky.The famous Russian pilot Valery Chkalov was born in 1904 in Vasilyovo. In 1937, Vasilyovo was renamed Chkalovsk after him and in 1955 it was granted town status. Most of the original village was flooded by the Gorky Reservoir after the construction of Gorky Hydroelectric Station in 1955.Administrative and municipal statusWithin the framework of administrative divisions, it is, together with 228 rural localities, incorporated as the town of oblast significance of Chkalovsk—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts. As a municipal division, the town of oblast significance of Chkalovsk is incorporated as Chkalovsk Urban Okrug.
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