city, Brest oblast (province), Belarus, situated at the confluence of the Pina and Pripet rivers. Pinsk was first mentioned in 1097 and was the seat of a Russian princedom. It passed under Lithuanian rule (13th-16th century), then Polish (1569-1793), Russian (1793-World War I), Polish again (1920-39), and then Soviet (with German occupation during 1941-44). Pinsk lies at the eastern end of the Dneprovsko-Bugsky Canal and is a significant river port. There are woodworking industries, metalworking, manufacture of artificial leather, and shipbuilding and repair yards. Pop. (1991 est.) 123,800
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