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Coordinates: 44°21′N 38°32′E / 44.350°N 38.533°E / 44.350; 38.533

The Vulan River in Arkhipo-Osipovka
"The Cross" monument to Arkhip Osipov in Arkhipo-Osipovka

Arkhipo-Osipovka (Russian: Архи́по-О́сиповка) is a rural locality (a selo) and a Black Sea resort under the jurisdiction of the Town of Gelendzhik in Krasnodar Krai, Russia. Arkhipo-Osipovka (many people call this place Arkhipka) is located 50 kilometers away from the city of Gelendzhik. This place has one of the softest climates on the Russian sea coast. Population: 7,853 (2010 Census);[1] 8,066 (2002 Census);[2] 7,242 (1989 Census).[3]

The settlement on the shore of the Vulan Bay originated as the Cossack stanitsa of Vulanovskaya (Вулановская) in 1864. Some twenty-five years later, it was renamed after Arkhip Osipov, a Russian soldier who had sacrificed his life to save his comrades-in-arms from the onslaught of the Circassians in 1840. There is a painting which glorifies this exploit. Arkhipo-Osipovka had urban-type settlement status until 2004.

The vicinity of Arkhipo-Osipovka contains several waterfalls and the scarce remains of an ancient Roman fortification. The economy is dependent on the Beregovaya compressor station, one of the largest in the world, which is part of the Blue Stream pipeline system which carries natural gas from Russia to Turkey and then to Europe.

Over the last years Arkhipo-Osipovka turns out to be the more and more popular resort among Russian tourists. The sea embankment is becoming more beautiful with every year, as well as the beach and the whole village. There are two big heath resorts in Arkhipo-Osipovka, a lot of camps and recreation facilities. The number of mini-hotels and cozy guests houses is growing every year.


  1. ^ Russian Federal State Statistics Service (2011). "Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года. Том 1" [2010 All-Russian Population Census, vol. 1]. Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года (2010 All-Russia Population Census) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Russian Federal State Statistics Service (May 21, 2004). "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек" [Population of Russia, Its Federal Districts, Federal Subjects, Districts, Urban Localities, Rural Localities—Administrative Centers, and Rural Localities with Population of Over 3,000] (XLS). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года [All-Russia Population Census of 2002] (in Russian). Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ Demoscope Weekly (1989). "Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 г. Численность наличного населения союзных и автономных республик, автономных областей и округов, краёв, областей, районов, городских поселений и сёл-райцентров" [All Union Population Census of 1989: Present Population of Union and Autonomous Republics, Autonomous Oblasts and Okrugs, Krais, Oblasts, Districts, Urban Settlements, and Villages Serving as District Administrative Centers]. Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 года [All-Union Population Census of 1989] (in Russian). Институт демографии Национального исследовательского университета: Высшая школа экономики [Institute of Demography at the National Research University: Higher School of Economics]. Retrieved August 9, 2014.