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Smolensk (English)
Смоленск (Russian)
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Smolensk Art Gallery
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Coat of arms
Flag
Administrative status
Country Russia
Federal subject Smolensk Oblast
Administratively subordinated to Smolensk Urban Okrug
Municipal status
Urban okrug Smolensk Urban Okrug
Head Andrew Borisov
Representative body Smolensk City Council
Statistics
Area 166.35 km2 (64.23 sq mi)
Population (2010 Census,
preliminary)
326,861 inhabitants
Rank in 2010 54th
Density 1,965/km2 (5,089/sq mi)
Time zone MSK (UTC+04:00)
Founded 863
Postal code(s) 214ХХХ
Dialing code(s) +7 4812
Official website

Smolensk is a city and the administrative center of Smolensk Oblast, Russia, located on the Dnieper River, 360 kilometers (220 mi) west-southwest of Moscow.

The walled city in the center of Smolensk (along with the outskirts) was destroyed several times throughout its long history because it was on the invasion routes of the Mongol Empire, Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, Tsardom of Russia, First French Empire and Nazi Germany. Today, Smolensk is noted for its electronics, textiles, food processing, and diamond faceting industries.

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