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Vladivostok is Russia's largest port city on the
Pacific Ocean and the administrative
center of Primorsky Krai.
Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is situated at the head of the Golden Horn Bay
not far from the Russo-Chinese border and North Korea.
It is the home port of the Russian Pacific Fleet.
The name Vladivostok loosely translates from Russian
as "rule the East" a name based on that of Vladikavkaz,
at that time a Russian fortress in the Caucasus.
The traditional Chinese name for the city is Haishenwai
(literally "sea cucumber cliffs").
In mainland China (PRC), it is often known under the
transliteration of Fuladíwosituoke but not in Taiwan (ROC).
The Japanese name of the city is Urajiosutokku; a rough
transliteration of the Russian and often shortened to Urajio.
In Korean, the name is transliterated as Beulladiboseutokeu,
in South Korea, Ullajibosuttokhu in North Korea, and
Beullajiboseu-ttokeu by Koreans in China.
Before Russia acquired the Maritime Province by
the Treaty of Aigun (1858), the Pacific coast
near Vladivostok had been settled
by the Jurchen and Manchu.
A French whaler visiting the Zolotoy Rog in 1852
discovered several huts of Chinese or
Manchu fishermen on the shore of the bay.
The naval outpost was founded in 1859 by Count
Nikolay Muravyov-Amursky, who named it after
the model of Vladikavkaz, a Russian
fortress in the Caucasus.
The first child was born in Vladivostok in 1863.
An elaborate system of fortifications was
erected between the 1870s and 1890s.
A telegraph line from Vladivostok to Shanghai
and Nagasaki was opened in 1871, the year when
a commercial port was relocated to this
town from Nikolayevsk-on-Amur.
The municipal coat of arms, representing
the Siberian tiger, was adopted in March 1883.
The city's economy was given a boost in 1903, with the
completion of the Trans-Siberian Railway which connected
Vladivostok to Moscow and Europe.
The first high school was opened in 1899. In the wake of
the Bolshevik Revolution, Vladivostok was of great
military importance for the Far Eastern Republic, the
Provisional Priamurye Government, and the
The taking of the city by Ieronim Uborevich's Red Army
on 25 October 1922 marked the
end of the Russian Civil War.
As the main naval base of the Soviet Pacific Fleet,
the city was closed to foreigners during the Soviet years.
Nevertheless, it was at Vladivostok that Leonid Brezhnev
and Gerald Ford conducted the Strategic
Arms Limitation Talks in 1974.
For a more information about
Vladivostok see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from
see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, January 2008.
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This information was correct in January 2008. E. & O.E.