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Vladikavkaz

[vlad-i-kahf-kahz; Russian vluh-dyi-kuhf-kahs] /ˌvlæd ɪ kɑfˈkɑz; Russian vlə dyɪ kʌfˈkɑs/
noun
1.
a city in and the capital of North Ossetia, in the Russian Federation in SE Europe.
Formerly (1944–91) Ordzhonikidze.

North Ossetia

noun
1.
an autonomous republic in S European Russia, in the N Caucasus. 3100 sq. mi. (8029 sq. km)
Capital: Vladikavkaz.
Also called Alania.
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Vladikavkaz

/Russian vlədikafˈkas/
noun
1.
a city in S Russia, capital of the North Ossetian Republic on the N slopes of the Caucasus. Pop: 318 000 (2005 est) Former names (1944–54) Dzaudzhikau, (1954–91) Ordzhonikidze
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Ordzhonikidze

city and capital of North Ossetia republic, southwestern Russia. It lies along the Terek River and on the northern slopes of the Caucasus Mountains. Founded in 1784, Vladikavkaz was designed as the key fortress to hold the Georgian Military Highway through the Terek River valley and the Ossetian Military Highway along the Ardon Valley, the two main routes across the Caucasus. In 1860 it became a town. Vladikavkaz's industries produce nonferrous metals, electrical equipment, vehicle parts, and foodstuffs. The city has several educational and research institutes. Pop. (1991 est.) 306,000.

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