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The city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (pop. 200,000) is the industrial, scientific and cultural center of Kamchatka, Russia. Founded by the explorer Vitus Bering, who reached Avacha Bay in 1740 and laid the foundation stone for the port of Petropavlovsk, named after his two ships, the St. Peter and the St. Paul, built in Okhotsk for his second expedition.

See also: Petropavl, in Kazakhstan.