Prokhorovka, Belgorod Oblast
Prokhorovka (Russian: Про́хоровка) is an urban locality (a settlement) and the administrative center of Prokhorovsky District of Belgorod Oblast, Russia, located along the Psyol River southeast of the city of Kursk. Population: 9,761 (2010 Census); 10,007 (2002 Census); 8,093 (1989 Census).
The first mention of the populated area in historical documents dates back to the second half of the 17th century. Polish nobleman Kiril G. Ilyinsky of the genus Korczak (Korczak) and his son Sava left during the Russian-Polish war of 1654-1667 in Poland under the Belgorod, where they founded the suburb Elias. In 1860 Elias Sloboda was renamed in honor of the reigning Emperor Alexander II in the village of Alexandrov.
In the 1880s west of the village passed a line of the Kursk-Kharkov-Azov railway. At the same time Prokhorovka station was built, named after the railway engineer names VI Prokhorov responsible for its construction.
In the summer of 1943, Prokhorovka was the site of the Battle of Prokhorovka, a major armored confrontation during the Battle of Kursk of World War II. In July 2013, Vice Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin offered to establish by 2015 a museum commemorating the battle. The display of armored vehicles will be permanent and the technologies shown there will bring up recollections of the events of World War II.
In the postwar years, the village has outgrown Aleksandrovskoe and included the station Prokhorovka, which was the western part of the village. On June 20, 1968 the village Alexandrov was transferred to the category of workers' settlement (Alexandrovsky village). On September 20 the same year, Alexandrovo was abolished, and the locality was incorporated Prokhorovka.
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