from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A city of southwest Russia southeast of Rostov. It was founded as a fortress town in 1777.

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  • proper noun A city, administrative centre of Stavropol krai of Russia.


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  • Appointed to key position in Stavropol Communist Party, responsible for personnel in administration, farms and industry.

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  • Stavropol is the chief town of the Russian Caucasian districts, north of the mountains.

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  • I went south and I went to Stavropol, which is the regional capital, an agricultural center, beautiful, good weather, very unlike northern Russia where it's hard to grow things.

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  • Once known as Stavropol on the Volga, it was renamed in 1964 for Italian communist leader Palmiro Togliatti, whose last name is often transliterated here as Tolyatti.


  • After one visit to Stavropol, during which a thick cordon of guards shielded the candidate from the public, twice as many local voters said their view of Yeltsin had worsened as said it had improved.

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  • In early 1994, terrorist gangs struck repeatedly across the border in Stavropol Kray, taking hostages and demanding ransom.

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  • The two had become close while vacationing in the Stavropol resort of Kislovodsk.

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  • Shamil Basayev, eleven of whose relatives had just been killed by Russian bombs, led a gang of fighters into Stavropol in June 1995.

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  • With a young wife in tow, Gorbachev returned to his home region of Stavropol after graduating, where he worked his way up through the party ranks, first in the Communist Youth League the Komsomol and then the party itself.

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  • Instead, old-style military muscle was used on a massive scale, with horrific consequences for civilians, destroying far more than all previous terrorist attacks, and actually exacerbating the security threat to Stavropol and Dagestan.

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