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Kursk (kŏŏrsk), city (1989 pop. 424,000), capital of Kursk region, W European Russia, at the confluence of the Tuskor and Seim rivers. An important rail junction, it has machine, chemical, and synthetic fiber plants. A large iron deposit, the Kursk Magnetic Anomaly, is south of the city. First noted in 1095, Kursk was destroyed by the Mongols in 1240 and was rebuilt as a Muscovite fortress in 1586. During World War II the Soviets won a major battle near Kursk in 1943; involving some 1.5 million Soviet and German troops, it was the largest battle ever fought.

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Kursk City in w Russia, at the confluence of the Tuskoc and Seim rivers. Founded in 1095, it was destroyed by the Tatars in 1240 and rebuilt as a frontier post in 1586. Industries: iron and steel, chemicals, synthetic fibres, shoes, electrical equipment. Pop. (1999 est.) 367,200.

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Kursk a Russian nuclear submarine lost with all hands in the Barents Sea in August 2000; for a number of days it was thought that at least some of the crew had survived and could be rescued.

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