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city, Moscow oblast (province), western Russia. It lies south of Moscow on the Pakhra River, a tributary of the Moskva. The village of Podol, created a town in 1781, owed its development to its position on a main highway and, after the 1860s, on a railway running south from Moscow. The city now has engineering, nonferrous-metallurgical, cement, and food-processing industries. Pop. (1992 est.) 208,000.