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Magadan

Magadan

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of Magadan

Madagan is a port city in northeastern Russia. The administrative center of the Magadan region, forms the municipality "City of Magadan". Population - 92,782 people. (2018). Located around the hills on the shore of the Taui Bay of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, on the isthmus connecting the Staritsky peninsula with the mainland between the coves of Nagaev and Gertner. The climate is harsh with a short summer, which accounts for the period of white nights.

Founded as a working village for the development of mineral resources of the Kolyma Territory in 1929, the status of the city was acquired since 1939. The Magadanka River divides the city into two parts. The largest river within the city district is Dukcha, the valley of which is of great agricultural and recreational importance to the economy of the city. The historic center is formed by ensembles of buildings constructed in the 1950s according to the designs of Leningrad architects in the neoclassical style.

 

 

 

History of Magadan

Magadan was founded in 1930 in the Magadan River valley, near the settlement of Nagayevo. During the Stalin era, Magadan was a major transit center for prisoners sent to labor camps. From 1932 to 1953, it was the administrative center of the Dalstroy organization—a vast and brutal forced-labor gold-mining operation and forced-labor camp system. The town later served as a port for exporting gold and other metals mined in the Kolyma region. Its size and population grew quickly as facilities were rapidly developed for the expanding mining activities in the area. Town status was granted to it on July 14, 1939.

Magadan was visited by U.S. Vice-President Henry Wallace in May 1944. He took an instant liking to his secret policeman host, admired handiwork done by prisoners, and later glowingly called the town a combination of Tennessee Valley Authority and Hudson's Bay Company. Wallace's collaborative stance towards the Soviet Union discouraged the Democratic Party of the United States from renominating him as vice president later in the summer of 1944, helping lead to the selection of Harry Truman in his place.

 

 

 


 

Transportation

 

 

Hotels, motels and where to sleep

 

 

Restaurant, taverns and where to eat

 

 

Cultural (and not so cultural) events

 

 

Interesting information and useful tips