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Kizlar Station
Kizlar Station

Kizlyar (Russian: Кизля́р) (Chechen: ГӀизлар) is a town in the Republic of Dagestan, Russia, located on the border with the Chechen Republic in the delta of the Terek River 221 kilometers (137 mi) northwest of Makhachkala, the capital of the republic. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 48,984.[2]


The first documented reference to Kizlyar dates back to 1609, although some historians associate the place with Samandar, the 8th-century capital of Khazaria. In 1735 the Russian government built a fortress in Kizlyar and laid foundations for the Caucasus fortified borderline. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Kizlyar operated as one of the trading posts between Russia and the Middle East and Central Asia. During this period, the population was largely Armenian and Russian. In 1796 2,800 Armenians and 1,000 Russians lived in Kizlyar.[7]

In January 1996 Chechen separatists raided the local airbase in the course of the Kizlyar raid, which claimed the lives of seventy-eight Russian soldiers.

On 18 February 2018 five people were killed and five wounded after a shooting attack took place outside a Christian church in Kizlyar. Police killed the attacker in a shootout.[8][9]

Administrative and municipal status

Within the framework of administrative divisions, Kizlyar serves as the administrative center of Kizlyarsky District, even though it is not a part of it.[1] As an administrative division, it is, together with one urban-type settlement (Komsomolsky) and one rural locality (the railway crossing loop of No. 17), incorporated separately as the Town of Kizlyar—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts.[1] As a municipal division, the Town of Kizlyar is incorporated as Kizlyar Urban Okrug.[4]


As of the 2002 Census, the town's ethnic composition was as follows:[13]


In the early 19th century, Kizlyar became a center of viticulture and wine making. The local cognac factory (Kizlyar Brandy Factory) produces a variety of alcoholic beverages but specializes primarily in a regional variant of brandy, marketed throughout Russia as "cognac". Kizlyarka is a type of grape vodka produced in Kizlyar. Kizlyar is also known for traditional knife, dagger, and saber making.


Kizlyar has a cold semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification: BSk).

Twin towns and sister cities

Kizlyar has sister city relationships with:[15]

  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//|// 1.5x, // 2x|Azerbaijan|h12|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Baku, Azerbaijan
  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//|// 1.5x, // 2x|Russia|h15|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Budyonnovsk, Stavropol Krai, Russia
  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//|// 1.5x, // 2x|Russia|h15|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Azov, Rostov Oblast, Russia

Notable people

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