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Dimitrovgrad is a city in Ulyanovsk Oblast, Russia, located on the Bolshoy Cheremshan River. Population:HistoryIt was founded in the beginning of the 18th century as a village for workers of the local distillery, which was closed in 1848. As of 1897, its population was 8,500, and in 1919 it was granted town status. Until 1972, the city's name was Melekess, after the river.On July 15, 1972, the city's name was changed to Dimitrovgrad, celebrating the 90th birthday of the Bulgarian former communist leader, Georgi Dimitrov.Administrative and municipal statusWithin the framework of administrative divisions, Dimitrovgrad serves as the administrative center of Melekessky District, even though it is not a part of it. As an administrative division, it is incorporated separately as the city of oblast significance of Dimitrovgrad—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts. As a municipal division, the city of oblast significance of Dimitrovgrad is incorporated as Dimitrovgrad Urban Okrug.EconomyThe city's leading enterprise, located 6km to the south-west, is the country's Federal Nuclear Research Institute. One of the institute's eight atomic reactors provides Dimitrovgrad with district heating.
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