Anadyr (town)

Coordinates: 64°44′N 177°31′E / 64.733°N 177.517°E / 64.733; 177.517
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Coat of arms of Anadyr
Location of Anadyr
Anadyr is located in Russia
Location of Anadyr
Anadyr is located in Chukotka Autonomous Okrug
Anadyr (Chukotka Autonomous Okrug)
Coordinates: 64°44′N 177°31′E / 64.733°N 177.517°E / 64.733; 177.517
Federal subjectChukotka Autonomous Okrug[1]
Town status since1965[2]
 • BodyCouncil of Deputies[3]
 • Head[3]Andrey Shchegolkov[4]
 • Total20 km2 (8 sq mi)
35 m (115 ft)
 • Estimate 
 • Subordinated toTown of okrug significance of Anadyr[1]
 • Capital ofChukotka Autonomous Okrug,[1] Anadyrsky District[1]
 • Urban okrugAnadyr Urban Okrug[7]
 • Capital ofAnadyr Urban Okrug,[7] Anadyrsky Municipal District[8]
Time zoneUTC+12 (MSK+9 Edit this on Wikidata[9])
Postal code(s)[10]
689000, 689700
Dialing code(s)+7 42722
OKTMO ID77701000001

Anadyr (Russian: Ана́дырь, IPA: [ɐˈnadɨrʲ] ; Chukchi: Кагыргын, romanized: Kagyrgyn, IPA [kɑɣərˈɣən]; Southern Chukchi: Въэӈын, romanized: V"èňyn) is a port town and the administrative center of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia, located at the mouth of the Anadyr River at the tip of a peninsula that protrudes into Anadyrsky Liman. It was previously known as Novo-Mariinsk (until 1923). Anadyr is the easternmost town in Russia; more easterly settlements, such as Provideniya and Uelen, do not have town status.


Early history[edit]

Although the town itself has only been in existence for just over a century, the origins of the name Anadyr are much older. The name initially derives from the Yukaghir word "any-an" meaning "river". When Semyon Dezhnev met Yukaghir people in the area, the indigenous name was corrupted to form "Onandyr", later Anadyrsk, the name of the ostrog (fort) upstream of the present-day settlement, from which the current name is derived.[11] The ostrog was the only Russian settlement east of the Kolyma River on the Chukotka Peninsula for most of the 18th century,[12] though this original settlement was situated further up the Anadyr River, nearer to Markovo than the site of the current town.[12]

Pyotr Baranov (brother of Alexander Andreyevich Baranov) established a trading post near the present town site in the early 19th century and the Chukchi settled around it, forming the village of Vyon in 1830.[11]

The present settlement was founded in 1889 as Novo–Mariinsk[2] by L. F. Grinevetsky, who sailed into the Anadyrsky Liman on July 9, 1889.[11] The town's first building was completed twelve days later and as it was the name-day of Tsaritsa Maria Feodorovna the town was named Mariinsk. Since this was not the first time that a town had been named Mariinsk in Russia, the name was swiftly changed to Novo–Mariinsk.[11]

Early 20th century[edit]

The Kamchatka Revkom sent the first Bolsheviks—Mikhail Mandrikov and Avgust Berzin—to Anadyr to set up an underground organization to undermine and eventually overthrow the resident White Army forces stationed in the town.[13] These two, along with a small group of other Russian immigrants and a handful of Chuvans, established the First Revolutionary Committee of Chukotka.[13] Their presence initially went undetected, although it did arouse suspicion. However, just before they were about to be discovered by the resident White Army troops, they launched an attack against them on the night of December 16, 1919.[13] They intended to free the local indigenous people from their debts to the Russian incomers and dismantle the capitalist infrastructure that had been established in the town.[13] Their attempts at seizing the property of the merchant class in Anadyr were successful, but they were unable to seize control of the armory and ammunition supplies within the town.[13] The merchants used this opportunity to reassert themselves, and by January 30, 1920, they surrounded the Revkom's offices and attacked. One of the leaders, Vasily Titov, was killed and a number of others were wounded. Mikhail Mandrikov himself surrendered.[13] Although the survivors were initially imprisoned, the merchants decided to eliminate them permanently. Under the pretense of transferring them to another site, they led them out of the town and executed them out on the tundra.[13] The merchants' and White Army's success had been aided by the fact that a number of the Revkom members had been out the town visiting the village of Markovo. When these people returned, they were ambushed and all survivors eventually killed.[14]

View of the Anadyr port
Trinity Church
View of Anadyr from a helicopter
Anadyr Child Creativity Palace, with the Lenin statue in front of the building

The merchants set about reestablishing the status quo, all the while pretending to the Kamchatka Revkom that they themselves were socialists when inquiries came as to the whereabouts of their colleagues, going as far as to set up a fake Anadyr branch of the Russian Communist Party of Bolsheviks.[13] Unfortunately for the merchants in Anadyr, members of the first Revkom had already managed to establish branches in Markovo and Ust-Belaya, who were not convinced by the claims coming from Anadyr and, whilst establishing the Second Revolutionary Committee of Chukotka in Markovo[15] pressed the Kamchatka Revkom for assistance.[13] The Kamchatka Revkom responded by sending a party to investigate.[13] A number of those involved in the overthrow of the First Revolutionary Committee either ceased their political activity in the hope of blending into the background, or fled Chukotka for Alaska.[16] However, some merchants proclaimed an Independent Free State of Chukotka which existed for six months before the Bolsheviks returned and began to reorganize urban life.[11] Struggles continued for some time in the Russian Far East, and it took until early 1923 before communications were sent from Kamchatka by Red Army commanders indicating that all White Army forces in Chukotka had been eliminated.[17]

Monuments to those members of the First Revolutionary Committee were erected in Anadyr on 5 July 1921.[18] It was only in 1969 that an elderly man said he remembered where the bodies had been buried, having seen them being interred in a cemetery in Tavayvaam.[13] Following this tip, the remains were recovered and then paraded solemnly through Anadyr to the monuments, where they were buried with full honors.[19]

In 1923, Novo–Mariinsk was renamed Anadyr.[2]

WWII and the Cold War[edit]

During World War II, an airfield was built here for the Alaska-Siberian (ALSIB) air route used to ferry American Lend-Lease aircraft to the Eastern Front.[20]

During the 1960s, Anadyr was home to an R-12 Dvina (SS-4 Sandal) medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) complex, which could target American military installations in Alaska.[21] The base was located 23 km (14 miles) northeast of Anadyr and was the USSR's only remote missile site.[21]

Anadyr was granted town status in 1965,[2] around which time it had a population of 5,600.[22]

The Hope Sled Dog Race was run between Anadyr and Nome, Alaska for more than a decade.[citation needed]

Modern history[edit]

It is claimed that the town of Anadyr annexed the neighboring "ethnic village" of Tavayvaam in May 1994, and that this was done by then governor Alexander Nazarov with a view to saving money from the autonomous okrug's budget. If the village had indeed been absorbed into the town of Anadyr then there would have been no obligation for the autonomous okrug to allocate specific funds for the indigenous population there.[23]

In 2011, Paul Steinhardt led a group of scientists that landed in Anadyr en route to an expedition into the Koryak Mountains to search for naturally occurring quasicrystals.[24] Three quasicrystals have been found to date from the material gathered on that expedition, including icosahedrite, decagonite, a yet unnamed third natural quasicrystal, which (unlike icosahedrite and decagonite) is unlike anything ever previously synthesized in a laboratory. Steinhardt's team established that the natural quasicrystals were embedded in a meteorite that had hit Earth about 15,000 years ago.

Geography and climate[edit]

Compare the Average High and Low Temperature in Anadyr and Beringovskiy

The town of Anadyr is situated at the tip of a large cape, to the north of which is the mouth of the Anadyr River and to the east the estuarine part of that river, the Anadyrsky Liman, which empties into the Gulf of Anadyr.[25] The town itself is situated on a gentle slope rising up from the sea, on the other side of the Anadyr River are mountains, but to the west, beyond the town are large expanses of flat tundra.[25]

It is on a similar parallel as Fairbanks, Alaska; Skellefteå, Sweden; and Oulu, Finland. Apart from those cities, the population at such northerly parallels is normally sparse.

Anadyr experiences a subarctic climate (Köppen climate classification: Dfc). Winters are long and frigid; summers are pleasant and short. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of −22.1 °C (−7.8 °F). July is the warmest month with an average temperature of 12.1 °C (53.8 °F). Temperatures above 25 °C (77 °F) are rare. The lowest temperature ever recorded was −46.8 °C (−52.2 °F) recorded on January 3, 1913. The highest temperature recorded was 30 °C (86 °F) on July 7, 1956. The weather changes easily with heavy storms often being brought in from the Anadyrsky Liman and the Bering Sea. This coupled with strong southerly winds in the autumn often brings flooding to the area. May is the driest month while January is the wettest.

Climate data for Anadyr (Shakhtyorsky) weather station (WMO identifier: 25563), 64m amsl, 1991–2020, extremes 1889–present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 5.8
Mean maximum °C (°F) −2.8
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) −18.5
Daily mean °C (°F) −22.1
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) −25.7
Mean minimum °C (°F) −37.7
Record low °C (°F) −46.8
Average precipitation mm (inches) 40
Average extreme snow depth cm (inches) 16
Average rainy days 0.2 0.2 0.2 1 9 15 17 19 17 6 2 1 88
Average snowy days 18 18 15 17 16 2 0.1 0.3 5 19 19 18 147
Average relative humidity (%) 82 81 81 82 84 78 79 81 80 84 84 82 82
Average dew point °C (°F) −25
Mean monthly sunshine hours 29 101 197 249 245 279 257 186 138 105 47 15 1,848
Source 1: Погода и климат[26]
Source 2: NOAA (sun, 1961–1990)[27]

Source 3: Time and Date (dewpoints, between 1985–2015)[28] Infoclimat [29]

Administrative and municipal status[edit]

Anadyr is the administrative center of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug and, within the framework of administrative divisions, it also serves as the administrative center of Anadyrsky District,[1] even though it is not a part of it.[30] As an administrative division, it is, together with the selo Tavayvaam, incorporated separately as the town of okrug significance of Anadyr—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts.[1] As a municipal division, the town of okrug significance of Anadyr is incorporated as Anadyr Urban Okrug.[7]


1926[31] 1939[32] 1959[33] 1970[34] 1979[35] 1989[36] 2002[37] 2010[38] 2021[39]
224 3,344 5,859 7,703 12,241 17,094 11,038 13,045 13,202


Aerial view of Ugolny Airport

Anadyr is an important sea port on the Bering Sea and is connected to almost all major Russian Far Eastern seaports. Anadyr's Ugolny Airport serves major and minor cities in the Russian Far East with connections to Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, and Moscow, while Bering Air provides charter flights to Nome, Alaska in the United States. The airport is on the other side of the Anadyrsky Liman, and from January to May, transportation from the airport to Anadyr is by ice road.[11] In the summer there is a ferry which transports passengers across the Anadyr River to the airport,[40] but during spring and autumn when the river ice is melting and full of drifting ice floes, the only means of transportation to the airport is via helicopter.[40]

Although there is a network of roads between Anadyr and Tavayvaam, the town is not connected to any other settlement via road.[41] Construction of the Anadyr Highway was started in 2012, to link the town to Magadan, a distance of 1,800 kilometres (1,100 mi).[42]

Notable people[edit]

Twin towns[edit]

Anadyr is twinned with:



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