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Abakan, Khakasiya Republic/Russia (Ust-Abakanskoye, Khakassk) 

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Place Names

John Everett-Heath

Founded in 1707 as a fortress, it was named after the River Abakan with usta ‘mouth (of the river)’. There are several legends as to how the river got its name which means ‘Bear’s Blood’ from the Khakas ... ...

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