Dorogobuzh (English)
Дорогобуж (Russian)
-  Town[1]  -
Dorogobuzh View of Dnieper.jpg
View of Dorogobuzh. The Dnieper River can be seen in the background.
Coat of Arms of Dorogobuzh (Smolensk oblast) (1780).png
Coat of arms
Administrative status (as of February 2014)
Country Russia
Federal subject Smolensk Oblast[1]
Administrative district Dorogobuzh Rayon, Smolensk Oblast[1]
Urban settlement Dorogobuzhskoye[1]
Administrative center of Dorogobuzh Rayon,[1] Dorogobuzhskoye Urban Settlement[1]
Municipal status (as of October 2011)
Municipal district Dorogobuzhsky Municipal District[2]
Urban settlement Dorogobuzhskoye Urban Settlement[2]
Administrative center of Dorogobuzhsky Municipal District,[2] Dorogobuzhskoye Urban Settlement[3]
Area (urban settlement) (February 2014) 35.15 km2 (13.57 sq mi)[1]
Population (2010 Census) 10,720 inhabitants[4]
Density 305 /km2 (790 /sq mi)[5]
Time zone MSK (UTC+04:00)[6]
First mentioned 1150
Postal code(s) 215710, 215713
Official website

Dorogobuzh (Russian: Дорогобу́ж; Polish: Dorohobuż) is a historic town and the administrative center of Dorogobuzh Rayon in Smolensk Oblast, Russia, straddling the Dnieper River and located 125 kilometers (78 mi) east of Smolensk, the administrative center of the oblast. Population: 10,720 (2010 Census);[4] 12,250 (2002 Census);[7] 12,254 (1989 Census).[8]


First mentioned in 1150, it was established as a fortress defending eastern approaches to Smolensk. In 1508, Vasili III sent Italian masters to build a wooden fort there. Dorogobuzh was ravaged during the Time of Troubles, with its population reduced to ten people in 1614. Between 1611 and 1668, it belonged to Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth as a part of Smolensk Voivodeship. Subsequently, it survived other foreign invasions and numerous fires.

Pre-1917 view of the Dnieper River in Dorogobuzh

Dorogobuzh was occupied by the German Army during World War II first from October 5, 1941 to February 15, 1942 (when it was liberated by three partisan detachments and some Soviet troops), then again from June 7, 1942 to September 1, 1943.

Administrative and municipal status[]

Within the framework of administrative divisions, Dorogobuzh serves as the administrative center of Dorogobuzhsky District.[1] As an administrative division, it is incorporated within Dorogobuzhsky District as Dorogobuzhskoye Urban Settlement.[1] As a municipal division, this administrative unit also has urban settlement status and is a part of Dorogobuzhsky Municipal District.[2]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Resolution #261
  2. ^ a b c d Law #107-z
  3. ^ Template:OKTMO reference
  4. ^ a b "Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года. Том 1 [2010 All-Russian Population Census, vol. 1)]" (in Russian). Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года (2010 All-Russia Population Census). Federal State Statistics Service. 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ The value of density was calculated automatically by dividing the 2010 Census population by the area specified in the infobox. Please note that this value may not be accurate as the area specified in the infobox does not necessarily correspond to the area of the entity proper or is reported for the same year as the population.
  6. ^ Правительство Российской Федерации. Постановление №725 от 31 августа 2011 г. «О составе территорий, образующих каждую часовую зону, и порядке исчисления времени в часовых зонах, а также о признании утратившими силу отдельных Постановлений Правительства Российской Федерации». Вступил в силу по истечении 7 дней после дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Российская Газета", №197, 6 сентября 2011 г. (Government of the Russian Federation. Resolution #725 of August 31, 2011 On the Composition of the Territories Included into Each Time Zone and on the Procedures of Timekeeping in the Time Zones, as Well as on Abrogation of Several Resolutions of the Government of the Russian Federation. Effective as of after 7 days following the day of the official publication.).
  7. ^ "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек [Population of Russia, its federal districts, federal subjects, districts, urban localities, rural localities—administrative centers, and rural localities with population of over 3,000]" (in Russian). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года (All-Russia Population Census of 2002). Federal State Statistics Service. May 21, 2004. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ Demoscope Weekly (1989). "Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 г. Численность наличного населения союзных и автономных республик, автономных областей и округов, краёв, областей, районов, городских поселений и сёл-райцентров. [All Union Population Census of 1989. Present population of union and autonomous republics, autonomous oblasts and okrugs, krais, oblasts, districts, urban settlements, and villages serving as district administrative centers]" (in Russian). Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 года (All-Union Population Census of 1989). Institute of Demographics of the State University—Higher School of Economics. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 


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External links[]

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