from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of west-central Russia on the Oka River west of Kazan. It is a chemical manufacturing and industrial center. Population: 256,000.


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  • One example: in Dzerzhinsk, 230 miles east of Moscow, 27 Soviet military families are now living two families to a room; all 70 people share two toilets and a single kitchen.

    A Bitter Homecoming

  • It's part of a legacy of environmental tragedy that has plagued Russia and the countries of its former Soviet empire for decades, from the nuclear horrors of Chernobyl in Ukraine to lethal chemical waste in the Russian city of Dzerzhinsk and paper mill pollution seeping into Siberia's Lake Baikal, which holds one-fifth of the world's supply of fresh water.

    The Seattle Times

  • Dissatisfied with merely walking around his hometown of Dzerzhinsk, Russia, Sergei Khvalin decided to harness his inner DIY geek and rig up his own mode of transport: motorized, propeller-powered skis.

    Wired Top Stories

  • Norilsk, Dzerzhinsk and Dalnegorsk and its neighboring Rudnaya Pristan.

    The St. Petersburg Times

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov from Dzerzhinsk admits he enjoys eating lightbulbs as a snack.

    Daily Express News Feeds

  • MOSCOW, January 11 (RIA Novosti) - Two sisters have been found dead in an apartment in the city of Dzerzhinsk, 400 kilometers east of Moscow, two months after their mother was killed in a car crash, according to Russian police reports.

    RIA Novosti

  • Last summer, one of the biggest waste dumps in Europe, not far from Dzerzhinsk, Russia's former "chemical capital" where chemical weapons were produced, finally stopped burning - it had been burning on and off for the past several years.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • Tim Samuels ventures inside the Russian city of Dzerzhinsk which, despite being the world's most polluted city, displays a surprisingly normal way of life.

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  • Moscow - At least five people were killed in a gas explosion in a block of flats in the Russian city of Dzerzhinsk, 400 km east of Moscow, local authorities told news agency Interfax Saturday.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • 6. Dzerzhinsk, Russia: A major site for Cold War era manufacturing where industrial chemicals have been discharged into the local water supplies. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph


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