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Kirovohrad, formerly Yelisavetgrad, is a city in central Ukraine located on the Inhul river, and is the administrative center of the Kirovohrad Oblast. Population:.The city is famous for its former Elvoroti brothers factory . It is also the birthplace of noted figures such as Grigory Zinoviev, Volodymyr Vynnychenko, Arseny Tarkovsky, African Spir and others.Administrative statusToday Kirovohrad is a city of oblast significance with 244,000 inhabitants. It is divided into two districts — Kirovsky and Leninsky. The urban-type settlement of Nove is part of the Kirovsky district. Kirovohrad serves as the administrative center of Kirovohrad Raion, though administratively it does not belong to the raion.Name originOver its history, Kirovohrad has changed its name several times. Presenting a letter of grant on January 11, 1752 to Major-General Jovan Horvat, the organizer of Nova Serbia settlements, the Empress Elizabeth of Russia ordered "to found an earthen fortress and name it Fort St. Elizabeth" (see On the Historical Meaning of the Name Elizabeth for Our City) (in Ukrainian). Thus simultaneously the future city was named in honour of its formal founder, the Russian empress, and also in honor of her heavenly patroness, St. Elizabeth.
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