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

  • A city of western Russia on the Volga River east-southeast of Moscow. Founded in 1648 on the site of an earlier fort, it was the birthplace of V.I. Lenin and was known as Ulyanovsk from 1924 to 1991. Population: 623,000.

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  • proper n. Former name of Ulyanovsk (till 1924), the birthplace of Vladimir Lenin (born Vladimir Ulyanov).


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  • This founder of the Russian Communist Party and leader of the Russian Revolution was born, Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov in Simbirsk, Russia.

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  • The city of 600,000 people was once called Simbirsk, but was renamed Ulyanovsk during Communism in honor of Lenin, whose given last name was Ulyanov.

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  • For more than three centuries, though already mistress of Siberia and victorious in remote Asia, Russia proper might be considered as ending at the Volga; so that most of the older and most important towns south of Kasan and north of Astrakhan, such as Simbirsk,

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  • In 1670 a Cossack named Stepan Razin raised the banner of revolt from the Caspian to Simbirsk (present-day Ulyanovsk), far beyond the oblast, decrying czarist serfdom as worse than the slavery practiced by "Turks or heathens."

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  • According to an article in Der Standard (seconded by a badly written Moscow News story), the city of Ulyanovsk (formerly Simbirsk, near where Karamzin, the inventor of the letter, was born) is planning to erect a stone monument to honor the letter ё yo, which has long been ousted from official Russian documents. YO!

  • Also Karamzin was born in a small village near Orenburg, not Simbirsk. YO!

  • The Tatar was silent, and stared with tear-stained eyes at the fire; his face expressed bewilderment and fear, as though he still did not understand why he was here in the darkness and the wet, beside strangers, and not in the Simbirsk province.

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  • Of course he was at home in the Simbirsk province, and he had only to call his wife by name for her to answer; and in the next room was his mother ....

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  • Simbirsk province, and what a beautiful and clever wife he had left behind at home.

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  • At home in the Simbirsk province the stars were quite different, and so was the sky.

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