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Central part of Murmansk

Murmansk (Russian: Му́рманскLua error: Cannot create process: proc_open(/home/file.log): failed to open stream: Permission denied; IPA: [ˈmurmənsk]; Kildin Sami: Мурман ланнҍLua error: Cannot create process: proc_open(/home/file.log): failed to open stream: Permission denied; Northern Sami: MurmánskaLua error: Cannot create process: proc_open(/home/file.log): failed to open stream: Permission denied; Skolt Sami: MuurmanLua error: Cannot create process: proc_open(/home/file.log): failed to open stream: Permission denied) is a port city and the administrative center of Murmansk Oblast, Russia, located in the extreme northwest part of Russia, on the Kola Bay, an inlet of the Barents Sea on the northern shore of the Kola Peninsula, close to the Russia's borders with Norway and Finland.

Despite its extreme northern location above the Arctic Circle, Murmansk tends to be nearly the same as any other Russian city of its size, featuring highway and railway access to the rest of Europe, a railway station, and the northernmost trolleybus system on Earth.

Although Murmansk's population is in decline—299,148 (2014 est.);[1] 307,257 (2010 Census);[2] 336,137 (2002 Census);[3] 468,039 (1989 Census)[4] it remains the largest city north of the Arctic Circle.[5]

History

Murmansk was the last city founded in the Russian Empire.[6] In 1915, World War I needs led to the construction of the railroad from Petrozavodsk to an ice-free location on the Murman Coast in the Russian Arctic, to which Russia's allies shipped military supplies.[7] The terminus became known as the Murman station and soon boasted a port, a naval base, and an adjacent settlement with a population which quickly grew in size and soon surpassed the nearby towns of Alexandrovsk and Kola.[7]

On June 29 [O.S. July 12], 1916, Russian Transport Minister Alexander Trepov petitioned to grant urban status to the railway settlement.[7] On July 6 [O.S. July 19], 1916, the petition was approved and the town was named Romanov-on-Murman (Рома́нов-на-Му́рманеLua error: Cannot create process: proc_open(/home/file.log): failed to open stream: Permission denied, Romanov-na-Murmane), after the royal Russian dynasty of Romanovs.[7] On September 21 [O.S. October 4], 1916, the official ceremony was performed,[7] and the date is now considered the official date of the city's foundation. After the February Revolution of 1917, on April 3 [O.S. April 16], 1917, the town was given its present name.[8]

In the winter of 1917 the British North Russia Squadron under Rear Admiral Thomas Kemp was established at Murmansk.[9]

From 1918 to 1920, during the Russian Civil War, the town was occupied by the Western powers, who had been allied in World War I, and by the White Army forces.[10]

On February 13, 1926, local self-government was organized in Murmansk for the first time, during a plenary session of the Murmansk City Soviet, which elected a Presidium.[8] Prior to this, the city was governed by the authorities of Alexandrovsky Uyezd and later of Murmansk Governorate.[8] On August 1, 1927, the All-Russian Central Executive Committee (VTsIK) issued two Resolutions: "On the Establishment of Leningrad Oblast" and "On the Borders and Composition of the Okrugs of Leningrad Oblast", which transformed Murmansk Governorate into Murmansk Okrug within Leningrad Oblast and made Murmansk the administrative center of Murmansk Okrug.[8]

In 1934, the Murmansk Okrug Executive Committee developed a redistricting proposal, which included a plan to enlarge the city by merging the surrounding territories in the north, south, and west into Murmansk.[8] While this plan was not confirmed by the Leningrad Oblast Executive Committee, in 1935–1937 several rural localities of Kolsky and Polyarny Districts were merged into Murmansk anyway.[8]

According to the Presidium of the Leningrad Oblast Executive Committee resolution of February 26, 1935, the administrative center of Polyarny District was moved from Polyarnoye to Sayda-Guba.[11] However, the provisions of the resolution were not fully implemented, and due to military construction in Polyarnoye, the administrative center was instead moved to Murmansk in the beginning of 1935.[11] In addition to being the administrative center of Murmansk Okrug, Murmansk also continued to serve as the administrative center of Polyarny District until September 11, 1938.[8] On February 10, 1938, when the VTsIK adopted a Resolution changing the administrative-territorial structure of Murmansk Okrug, the city of Murmansk became a separate administrative division of the okrug, equal in status to that of the districts.[8] This status was retained when Murmansk Okrug was transformed into Murmansk Oblast on May 28, 1938.[8]

During World War II, Murmansk was a link to the Western world for Russia, with large quantities of goods important to the respective military efforts traded with the Allies: primarily manufactured goods and raw materials into the Soviet Union. The supplies were brought to the city in the Arctic convoys.

German forces in Finnish territory launched an offensive against the city in 1941 as part of Operation Silver Fox, and Murmansk suffered extensive destruction, the magnitude of which was rivaled only by the destruction of Leningrad and Stalingrad.[12][13] However, fierce Soviet resistance and harsh local weather conditions prevented the Germans from capturing the city and cutting off the vital Karelian railway line and the ice-free harbor.

For the rest of the war, Murmansk served as a transit point for weapons and other supplies entering the Soviet Union from other Allied nations. This unyielding, stoic resistance was commemorated at the 40th anniversary of the victory over the Germans in the formal designation of Murmansk as a Hero City on May 6, 1985.[14] During the Cold War Murmansk was a center of Soviet submarine and icebreaker activity. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the nearby city and naval base of Severomorsk remains the headquarters of the Russian Northern Fleet.

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On January 1, 2015, the territory of Murmansk was expanded, when the urban-type settlement of Roslyakovo, previously in jurisdiction of the closed administrative-territorial formation of Severomorsk, was abolished and its territory merged into Murmansk.[15]

Administrative and municipal status

Within the framework of administrative divisions, it is incorporated as the City of Murmansk—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts.[16] As a municipal division, the City of Murmansk is incorporated as Murmansk Urban Okrug.[17]

City divisions

As of 2012, the city is divided into three administrative okrugs:[18]

City districts were established in Murmansk for the first time by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian SFSR of April 20, 1939; at the time, three city districts (Kirovsky, Leninsky, and Mikoyanovsky) were created.[8] They were abolished on June 2, 1948.[8] The same city districts were created for the second time on June 23, 1951.[8] Mikoyanovsky City District was renamed Oktyabrsky on October 30, 1957, but on September 30, 1958, all three city districts were again abolished.[8] On June 10, 1967, two city districts were created (Leninsky and Oktyabrsky); Pervomaysky City District was split from Oktyabrsky on February 21, 1975.[8] In the Charter of the Hero City of Murmansk, adopted on December 17, 1995, the city districts started to be referred to as administrative okrugs.

Politics

In November 2010 direct mayoral election was abolished, and re-instituted in January 2014, with the most recent elections for mayor and city council to taking place in September 2014.[19]

Transportation

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The Murmansk central rail station, in the city center near Five Corners

The port of Murmansk remains ice-free year round due to the warm North Atlantic Current and is an important fishing and shipping destination. It is home port to Atomflot, the world's only fleet of nuclear-powered icebreakers.[20]

The Port of Murmansk is the headquarters of Sevmorput (Northern Sea Route), and the administration of Russian Arctic maritime transport.

Murmansk is linked by the Kirov Railway to St. Petersburg and is also linked to the rest of Russia by the M18 Kola Motorway. Murmansk Airport provides air links to Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as an international connection to Tromsø, Norway.

Buses and trolleybuses provide local transport.

Arctic Bridge

Murmansk is set to be the Russian terminus of the Arctic Bridge (or Arctic Sea Bridge), a sea route linking it to the Canadian port of Churchill, Manitoba. The passage has not been fully tested for commercial shipping yet, but Russia has shown interest in it. It is believed that, once developed (along with the Northwest Passage), the bridge will serve as a major trade route between Europe and Asia.[21]

Climate

Murmansk features a subarctic climate, with long and cold winters and short but relatively mild summers. In the city, freezing temperatures are routinely experienced from October to May. Average temperatures exceed 0 degrees Celsius only from May through October. The average low during the coldest part of the year in Murmansk is approximately Script error: No such module "convert".. However temperatures routinely plunge below Script error: No such module "convert". during the winter. Murmansk's brief summer is mild, with average highs in July exceeding Script error: No such module "convert".. The city is slightly wetter during the summer than the winter, seeing an average of just under Script error: No such module "convert". of precipitation each year.

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Demographics

The population of the city, according to the 2010 Census, is 307,257, down from 468,039  recorded in the 1989 Census. Ethnic Russians and Ukrainians make up the majority of the population.

Culture

Murmansk has two main (and several small) museums: Murmansk Oblast Museum and Murmansk Oblast Art Museum. There are also three professional theaters, libraries, and an aquarium in Murmansk.

Education

Murmansk is home to Murmansk State Technical University, the Murmansk State Pedagogical University and the Murmansk Institute of Humanities. The city also has eighty-six primary schools and fifty-six secondary schools, two boarding schools, and three reform schools.

Media

Murmansk's evening newspaper is Vecherniy Murmansk, published since 1991.

Sports

The city's association football team, FC Sever Murmansk, played in the Russian Second Division until 2014 when it folded due to financial difficulties.

Bandy club Murman [1] has played in the highest division of the Russian Bandy Super League, last in 2011–2012. Their home arena has a capacity of 5000.[24] The city is one of only three places with representation in the female league, through the team Arktika.

Religion

To commemorate the 85th anniversary of the city's foundation, the snow-white church of the Savior-on-the-Waters was modeled after the White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal and built on the shore for the sailors of Murmansk (see photograph).

Notable people

Twin towns and sister cities

Murmansk is twinned or has sister city relationships with:

References

Notes

  1. ^ Численность населения Российской Федерации по муниципальным образованиям на 1 января 2014 года
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  6. ^ The Moscow Times. It's Always Colder in Murmansk, May 20, 2012
  7. ^ a b c d e Administrative-Territorial Division of Murmansk Oblast, p. 24
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Administrative-Territorial Division of Murmansk Oblast, pp. 60–63
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  11. ^ a b Administrative-Territorial Division of Murmansk Oblast, p. 48
  12. ^ Мурманску исполняется 90 летLua error: Cannot create process: proc_open(/home/file.log): failed to open stream: Permission denied
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  15. ^ Law #1812-01-ZMO
  16. ^ Law #96-01-ZMO
  17. ^ Law #531-01-ZMO
  18. ^ Charter of Murmansk, Article 3.1
  19. ^ Выборы мэра Мурманска пройдут 14 сентября
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Sources

  • Мурманская областная Дума. Закон №96-01-ЗМО от 6 января 1998 г. «Об административно-территориальном устройстве Мурманской области», в ред. Закона №1778-01-ЗМО от 12 ноября 2014 г. «О внесении изменений в Закон Мурманской области "Об административно-территориальном устройстве Мурманской области"». Опубликован: "Мурманский Вестник", №10, стр. 3, 16 января 1998 г.Lua error: Cannot create process: proc_open(/home/file.log): failed to open stream: Permission denied (Murmansk Oblast Duma. Law #96-01-ZMO of January 6, 1998 On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Murmansk Oblast, as amended by the Law #1778-01-ZMO of November 12, 2014 On Amending the Law of Murmansk Oblast "On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Murmansk Oblast". ).
  • Мурманская областная Дума. Закон №531-01-ЗМО от 2 декабря 2004 г. «О статусе муниципального образования город Мурманск». Вступил в силу 1 января 2005 г. Опубликован: "Мурманский Вестник", №234, стр. 3, 7 декабря 2004 г.Lua error: Cannot create process: proc_open(/home/file.log): failed to open stream: Permission denied (Murmansk Oblast Duma. Law #531-01-ZMO of December 2, 2004 On the Status of the Municipal Formation of the City of Murmansk. Effective as of January 1, 2005.).
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  • Мурманская областная Дума. Закон №1812-01-ЗМО от 19 декабря 2014 г. «Об упразднении населённого пункта Мурманской области и о внесении изменений в отдельные законодательные акты Мурманской области». Вступил в силу 1 января 2015 г. Опубликован: "Мурманский Вестник", №246–247, с. 56, 25 декабря 2014 г.Lua error: Cannot create process: proc_open(/home/file.log): failed to open stream: Permission denied (Murmansk Oblast Duma. Law #1812-01-ZMO of December 19, 2014 On Abolishing an Inhabited Locality in Murmansk Oblast and on Amending Various Legislative Acts of Murmansk Oblast. Effective as of January 1, 2015.).

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