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  • A city of west-central Russia east-northeast of Moscow. Founded c. 1174, it became the center of a medieval principality that was conquered by Ivan III in 1489. Population: 449,000.

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  • proper n. a Russian surname
  • proper n. A city in Russia, administrative centre of Kirov oblast.


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Renamed in 1934, after Sergey Kirov (1886–1934), a Bolshevik revolutionary and a Soviet communist assassinated in 1934.


  • KIROV - It's only been four months since liberal politician Nikita Belykh became the governor of Kirov, but local businessmen say the difference is like night and day.

    The St. Petersburg Times

  • This bulky machine constructed by one enthusiast retiree from the Russian city of Kirov is powered by the old Yamaha motorcycle engine and is entirely made of scrap ….

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  • The conductor, who will be 57 on May 2, attributes his workaholism to a twist of fate: his professional ascent at the fabled Mariinsky Theater (then called the Kirov) during troubled times.

    His More Focused Future

  • The former Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theatre is now called the Kirov.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • The Kirov is another band and Gergiev another conductor.

    I've been uptight and made a mess...

  • Asked by The Times to attend one of the first United States performances of Alexei Ratmansky's "Anna Karenina," by Russia's Mariinsky Ballet - formerly known as the Kirov Ballet - I agreed, with nagging reservations.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Rudolf Nureyev defected from what was then known as the Kirov Ballet.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • After struggling for survival under the Soviet regime, Mariinsky Ballet -- formerly known by its Soviet name Kirov -- has firmly established its place on the world stage and gone on to display its unmistakable style in appearances around the globe.

    Kennedy Center Events: Upcoming Shows

  • It was only in the decades after the Russian capital was shifted to Moscow that the Bolshoi overtook the Mariinsky (by then known as the Kirov).

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  • The renowned Russian company (formerly known as the Kirov) is a perennial favorite, and fans are quickly snapping up seats.

    Redskins Insider Podcast -- The Washington Post


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