Novokuznetsk is a city in Kemerovo Oblast, Russia. Population: 547,885 (2010 Census preliminary results); 549,870 (2002 Census); 599,947 (1989 Census). Founded in 1618 by men from Tomsk as a Cossack ostrog (fort) on the Tom River, it was initially called Kuznetsky ostrog ( ). It became the seat of Kuznetsky Uyezd in 1622. Kuznetsk was granted town status in 1689. It was here that Fyodor Dostoevsky married his first wife, Maria Isayeva (1857). Joseph Stalin's rapid industrialization of the Soviet Union transformed the sleepy town into a major coal mining and industrial center in the 1930s. It merged with Sad Gorod in 1931. In -, the city was known as Novokuznetsk and between - as Stalinsk , after Stalin. Within the framework of administrative divisions, Novokuznetsk serves as the administrative center of Novokuznetsky District, even though it is not a part of it.
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