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Ridder (Leninogorsk)

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Ridder is a city in the north-east of the East Kazakhstan region (since 1932), a railway station, the center of the akimat of the city of Ridder. It was founded in 1784 by the Russian engineer-technician F. Ridder in connection with the discovery of polymetallic ore nearby. Until 1941 it was called Ridder, in 1941 — 2002 Leninogorsk. Until 1917, the city was in the hands of foreign capitalists.

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Ridder city is located in the mountainous region of Katon-Karagai, Kazakh Altai, East Kazakhstan region. The regional center is located 101 km northeast of the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk, between the Ulbinsky and Ivanovsky ridges, on the banks of the Ulba River, at an altitude of 1000 m above sea level. GPS coordinates: 50°21'N 83°31'E


The city of Ridder is named after engineer Philip Ridder, the founder of the village of Ridder in 1786 and the first to discover the deposit. At the beginning of the XX century, the population of the village was 4 thousand people, the most concentrated period increased in the 70s - by 72 thousand people. Today, 61.5 thousand people live in the city. The administrative territory of the city of Ridder is located in the central part of the Rudny Altai, in the Leninogorsk mountain forest-steppe region. The main rivers in the Ridder area are: Tikhaya, Filippovka, Bystrukha, Gromotukha, Crane, Sharavka. It has been established that there are sources of cold Rhodonian water in the region that can be used for medicinal purposes. The mining industry and the non-ferrous metals industry are developed in Ridder.


The beautiful nature surrounding the city of Ridder has all the prerequisites for the development of the tourism industry, the participation in it of not only citizens, but also tourist organizations of the region and the Republic, far and near abroad. There are several tourist and sports bases in the area of the city.


The city of Ridder is part of the Ust-Kamenogorsk agglomerate, is provided with deposits of non-ferrous metals, water and forest reserves, reserves for the production of building materials. Among the deposits of non-ferrous metals, lead-zinc ores with an admixture of gold, silver, cadmium, carcass, arsenic, tin, iron, sulfur and other elements predominate. There are several small mines and low-power smelters producing lead, silver, gold and based entirely on manual labor. During the years of Soviet power and the 2nd World War, powerful mines and processing and smelting plants equipped with new equipment were built. Ridder is one of the largest centers of non-ferrous metallurgy in Kazakhstan. The city has mines for the extraction of lead, zinc and rare metals (Sokolny, Bystrushinsky, Andreevsky, Tishinsky), two processing plants, a smelter owned by Kazzinc JSC. From other industries in Ridder there are factories for the production and processing of building materials and wood.

Ridder City, East Kazakhstan region


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