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Pskov is an ancient Russiann city, located in the north-west of Russia near the border to Estonia. It is the capital of the Pskov Oblast.

The city is believed to have been founded in the 10th century or possibly even earlier. There is no surviving contemporary reference to its foundation, and accounts differ. The earliest mention is in 903, when it is said that the Kievian Prince Igor Rurikovich married St. Olga there. This year is sometimes taken as the city's foundation date, and in 1993 there was a great jubilee to celebrate Pskov's 1,100th anniversary.

During World War II Pskov did suffer a lot during the German occupation from July 9, 1941 until July 23, 1944. Many buildings were destroyed before the Germans could occupy the city.

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