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Bratsk , a city in the Irkutsk Oblast, in E Siberia, Russia, on the Angara River. Population: 259,200 (2002) .

Table of contents
1 History
2 Economy
3 Coleges and universities
4 Transportation


Bratsk was founded by Russian settlers way back in 1631 as a fortress. However, its rapid development started in the mid 1950s with the construction of the 4,500 MW Bratsk Hydropower Plant.


Other industries in the city include alluminum plant and a wood pulp plant.

Coleges and universities

Educational facilities include Bratsk State Technical University and a branch of Irkutsk State University.


Bratsk is connected by the Baikal Amur Mainline and an international airport.