Bely, Tver Oblast

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Coordinates: 55°50′N 32°56′E / 55.833°N 32.933°E / 55.833; 32.933

Coat of arms of Bely

Bely (Russian: Бе́лый) is a town and the administrative center of Belsky District of Tver Oblast, Russia, located on the Obsha River, about halfway between Smolensk (to the southwest), Toropets (to the north), and Rzhev (to the northeast). Population: 3,772 (2010 Census);[1] 4,350 (2002 Census);[2] 5,228 (1989 Census);[3] 6,900 (1897).

"Bely" means "white" in Russian, although it is unknown how the epithet came to be applied to this town. It was first noticed in 1359 as a fort in the Principality of Smolensk, passing to Lithuania by the end of the century. In the 15th century, it became a seat of the Belsky branch of the ruling House of Gediminas. The town was overrun by the Grand Duchy of Moscow in 1503. Three years later, they built a formidable castle, which the Lithuanians laid a siege to in 1508. The town was again subordinated to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth between 1618 and 1654. It was once part of the Belarusian People's Republic, but since the Stalinist era has been a part of Russia.


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