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Volgograd Oblast

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Volgograd Oblast is a region in Southern Russia, which borders Rostov Oblast to the southwest, Voronezh Oblast to the northwest, Saratov Oblast to the north, Kazakhstan to the east, Astrakhan Oblast to the southeast, and Kalmykia to the south.

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  • Volgograd — the Hero City of Stalingrad
  • Kamyshin
  • Uryupinsk — a nation-wide joke as the quintessential inconspicuous backwater town following its use as the location for Mikhail Sholokhov's The Fate of a Man, which was later made into a popular Soviet movie
  • Volzhsky — a big heavy industry city built in the 1950s for the construction of the Volga Hydroelectric Station (the largest in Europe and responsible for an ecological disaster that threatened the Caspian Beluga sturgeon, the source of the world's finest caviar)

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  • Mamaev Kurgan — just above Volgograd, the site of the Battle of Stalingrad now is a massive complex of monuments to the 20th century's most important battle

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