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

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