Nautsi

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Coordinates: 69°00′01″N 29°03′20″E / 69.00028°N 29.05556°E / 69.00028; 29.05556

Nautsi in 1940

Nautsi (Russian: Наутси) was a rural locality in Pechengsky District of Murmansk Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.

Geography[edit]

The headwaters of the Paatsjoki River, which forms part of the border between Norway and Russia, begin near here.

History[edit]

Prior to World War II, Nautsi belonged to Finland. Finnish forces retreated to this location in 1939 during the Winter War.[1] During World War II, Germany sought to capture this area because of the nearby nickel mines.[2]

Nautsi became a part of the Soviet Union in 1945. It was officially abolished on December 13, 1962.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vernon Bartlett, W. Gordon Williams, Geoffrey Pomeroy Dennis, eds. (1940). The War of 1939. The Caxton Publishing Co. p. 39–40. 
  2. ^ Mann, Chris; Jörgensen, Christer (2003). Hitler's Arctic War: the German campaigns in Norway, Finland, and the USSR, 1940-1945. Thomas Dunne Books. Macmillan. p. 212. ISBN 0-312-31100-1. 
  3. ^ Архивный отдел Администрации Мурманской области. Государственный Архив Мурманской области. (1995). Административно-территориальное деление Мурманской области (1920-1993 гг.). Справочник. Мурманск: Мурманское издательско-полиграфическое предприятие "Север". p. 215.