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[yuh-shkahr-uh-lah] /yʌˈʃkɑr ʌˈlɑ/
a city in and the capital of the Mari Autonomous Republic, in the Russian Federation in Europe, NW of Kazan.
Also, Yoshkar-Ola.

Mari Autonomous Republic

[mahr-ee; Russian muh-ryee] /ˈmɑr i; Russian mʌˈryi/
autonomous republic in the Russian Federation in Europe. 8994 sq. mi. (23,294 sq. km).
Capital: Ioshkar-Ola. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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city and capital of Mari El republic, western Russia, on the Malaya (little) Kokshaga River. Yoshkar-Ola was founded in 1578, and in 1584 the fortress of Tsaryovokokshaysk was built there by Tsar Boris Godunov. Its remoteness from lines of communication prevented any development

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