|- City -|
Odintsovo rail station
Location of Moscow Oblast in Russia
|Federal subject||Moscow Oblast|
|Administrative district||Odintsovsky District|
|Administrative center of||Odintsovsky District|
|Municipal district||Odintsovsky Municipal District|
|Urban settlement||Odintsovo Urban Settlement|
|Head||Alexander Gusev|
|Representative body||Council of Deputies|
|Population (2010 Census)||138,930 inhabitants|
|- Rank in 2010||122nd|
|Time zone||MSK (UTC+04:00)|
Odintsovo (Russian: Одинцо́во) is a city and the administrative center of Odintsovsky District of Moscow Oblast, Russia. Population: 138,930 (2010 Census); 134,844 (2002 Census); 125,149 (1989 Census).
The village of Odintsovo was formed in the late 14th century. The famous story among the Odintsovians is about a noble named Andrey Odinets. (Odinets is a nickname he had; real name: Andrey Ivanovitch Domotkanov, Russian: Андрей Иванович Домотканов.) For the great service to the Moscovian leader of the time, Dmitry Donskoy, Odinets was granted land to the southwest of Moscow.
Andrey Odinets founded Odintsovo as a way of thanking Donskoy, and so that the land did not remain empty. Thus Andrey Odinets' name remained in history. Town status was granted to Odintsovo in 1957.
Odintsovo is home to the Church of Grebnevskaya, Icon of the Mother of God, which was built in 1802.
- Odintsovo volleyball clubs "ISKRA" (men) and "Zarechye-Odintsovo" (women) have each become champions of Russia in the past and they are very strong in the present. "Zarechye-Odintsovo" have won in the final in April 2008 against Dinamo Moscow to become champions of Russia. Many male and female players in Russian national volleyball teams have either grown up, or played/trained in Odintsovo.
- "The Ice Palace", or the Odintsovo ice skating and hockey ring, was named to have "the best ice ever played on" by North American and former Soviet ice hockey veterans during the Stanley Cup visit in 2004.
- The multiple Olympic, Russian and World Cross-country skiing champion Larisa Lazutina is from Odintsovo.
Coat of arms
The coat of arms of Odintsovo shows a white deer, representing cleanliness and purity. The deer lies facing the West, though looks at the East, and most people believe that the deer looks at the East (where Moscow is situated) with pity. Interestingly enough, although Odintsovo is only few miles away from Moscow, the environment of Odintsovo is not even nearly as polluted as Moscow's. This is mostly explained by the large numbers of parks and relief areas.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Odintsovo is twinned with:
- Navapolatsk, Belarus
- Berdyansk, Ukraine
- Kerch, Ukraine
- Kizlyar, Russia
- Anadyr, Russia
- Wittmund, Germany
- Kruševac, Serbia
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