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Two towns merged into one - and there will be a metropolis, "Gagarin"

December 20 2007
07:57

According to the plans of the authorities, after the unification of Saratov and Engels, the resulting new metropolis may be named after the first cosmonaut. Expressed other ideas names, such as "Putin."

Today the question of a referendum on the matter considered by the deputies of the Saratov City Council. Sidorenko, deputy and his supporters zayavyali reporters that United Cities should be called Gagarin as the first astronaut was in Saratov, some even suggested naming a metropolis after the president of Russia - Putin city.

The proposal to hold a referendum initiative group handed in oblizbirkom at the end of November this year. The population of Saratov and Engels on the latest census is respectively 845 and 224 thousand people. According to Sidorenko, United Cities would have embodied the dream of Saratov Regional Center to more than a million. This writes Pravda.ru

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