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Kimry (English)
Кимры (Russian)
-  Town[1]  -
Town of oblast significance[1]
Clockwise from top: Cathedral of the Transfiguration, Church of the Ascension, Kimry drama and comedy theatre, Kimry Bridge over Volga, Peasant house(?), Luzhin wooden house
Map of Russia - Tver Oblast (2008-03).svg
Location of Tver Oblast in Russia
Kimry is located in Tver Oblast
Location of Kimry in Tver Oblast
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Coat of arms
Administrative status (as of December 2012)
Country Russia
Federal subject Tver Oblast[1]
Administratively subordinated to Kimry Okrug[1]
Administrative center of Kimrsky District,[2] Kimry Okrug[1]
Municipal status (as of September 2006)
Urban okrug Kimry Urban Okrug[3]
Administrative center of Kimry Urban Okrug,[3] Kimrsky Municipal District[3]
Population (2010 Census) 49,628 inhabitants[4]
Rank in 2010 322nd
Time zone MSK (UTC+03:00)[5]
First mentioned 1546[6]
Town status since 1917[6]
Official website
[[:commons:Category:{{#property:Commons category}}|Kimry]] on Wikimedia Commons

Kimry (Russian: Ки́мры), formerly Kimra (Кимра), is a town in the south of Tver Oblast, Russia, located on the Volga River at its confluence with the Kimrka River, 133 kilometers (83 mi) to the east of Tver. Population: 49,628 (2010 Census);[4] 53,650 (2002 Census);[7] 61,535 (1989 Census).[8]


File:Casa del comerciante Luzhina, en Kimry.jpg
The Luzhin House, wooden modern style

The town was known as Kimra until the beginning of the 20th century; the name is probably of Finnic or Baltic origin.[9] It was first mentioned in 1546[6] as a selo belonging to Ivan the Terrible. It belonged to Russian Tsars until 1677 and then was given to the Saltykov family.[6] In 1847, the inhabitants bought themselves out,[6] and Kimra quickly developed into a busy shoemaking and trading village on the left bank of the Volga (a boot appears on the town's coat of arms). Théophile Gautier wrote in his Voyage en Russie (1867): "Kimra est célèbre pour ses bottes comme Ronda pour ses guêtres" (Kimra is famous for its shoes as Ronda for its gaiters).[10] The district on the right bank of the Volga, known as Savyolovo, started to develop in 1901, when a railway connected the place to Moscow. Kimry was granted town status in 1917.[6] A number of old churches and other buildings still exist in the town.

In the 18th century, Kimra was included into Moscow Governorate. In 1775 it was transferred to newly established Tver Viceroyalty. In 1796, the Viceroyalty was abolished and transformed into Tver Governorate.[11] On December 30, 1918 Kimrsky Uyezd with the center in Kimry was established.[12] On 12 August 1929, Tver Governorate was abolished, and the area was transferred to Moscow Oblast.[12] Uyezds were abolished as well, and Kimrsky District, with the administrative center in Kimry, was established within Kimry Okrug of Moscow Oblast. On July 23, 1930, the okrugs were abolished, and the districts were directly subordinated to the oblast. On January 29, 1935 Kalinin Oblast was established, and Kimrsky District was transferred to Kalinin Oblast. In 1990, Kalinin Oblast was renamed Tver Oblast.

Administrative and municipal status

Within the framework of administrative divisions, Kimry serves as the administrative center of Kimrsky District,[2] even though it is not a part of it.[1] As an administrative division, it is incorporated separately as Kimry Okrug—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts.[1] As a municipal division, Kimry Okrug is incorporated as Kimry Urban Okrug.[3]



Kimry is an industrial town, with several enterprises of manufacturing industry (machines and equipment for manufacturing industry), timber industry (furniture), as well as production of shoes, clothing, and food.[13]


The town is served by the Kimry Airport. There are no passenger flights.

A railway connecting Moscow with Kashin and further with Sonkovo and Saint-Petersburg passes Kimry. There is a regular suburban passenger traffic between Moscow and Savyolovo, and a regular infrequent traffic between Savyolovo and Kashin. Savyolovo railway station is the northern terminus of the Savyolovsky suburban direction of Moscow Railway.

Paved roads connect Kimry with Tver, Taldom, Kashin, and Kalyazin.

The Volga is navigable, but there is no passenger navigation.

Culture and recreation

Kimry contains one cultural heritage monuments of federal significance and additionally eighty-three objects classified as cultural and historical heritage of local significance. The federal monument is the Ascension Church, built in 1813. Kimry preserved many of the pre-1917 buildings, many of which are protected.[14]

There is a local museum in Kimry. It has expositions on local history, shoe industry, as well as has a memorial room of the aircraft designer Andrei Tupolev, born in a village near Kimry.[15]

Notable people

Kimry is the birthplace of Russian writer Alexander Fadeyev (1901), aircraft designer Andrei Tupolev (1888).

International relationships

Twin towns and sister cities

Kimry is twinned with:



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Law #34-ZO
  2. 2.0 2.1 Государственный комитет Российской Федерации по статистике. Комитет Российской Федерации по стандартизации, метрологии и сертификации. №ОК 019-95 1 января 1997 г. «Общероссийский классификатор объектов административно-территориального деления. Код 28 228», в ред. изменения №259/2014 от 12 декабря 2014 г.. (State Statistics Committee of the Russian Federation. Committee of the Russian Federation on Standardization, Metrology, and Certification. #OK 019-95 January 1, 1997 Russian Classification of Objects of Administrative Division . Code 28 228, as amended by the Amendment #259/2014 of December 12, 2014. ).
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  • Законодательное Собрание Тверской области. Закон №34-ЗО от 17 апреля 2006 г. «Об административно-территориальном устройстве Тверской области», в ред. Закона №66-ЗО от 1 октября 2014 г. «О внесении изменения в статью 18 Закона Тверской области "Об административно-территориальном устройстве Тверской области"». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Тверские ведомости", №17 (специальный выпуск), 19 апреля 2006 г. (Legislative Assembly of Tver Oblast. Law #34-ZO of April 17, 2006 On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Tver Oblast, as amended by the Law #66-ZO of October 1, 2014 On Amending Article 18 of the Law of Tver Oblast "On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Tver Oblast". Effective as of the official publication date.).
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