Dubna (Russian: Дубна́, IPA: [dʊbˈna]) is a town in Moscow Oblast, Russia. It has a status of naukograd (i.e. town of science), being home to the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, an international nuclear physics research center and one of the largest scientific foundations in the country. It is also home to MKB Raduga, a defense aerospace company specializing in design and production of missile systems, as well as to the Russia's largest satellite communications center owned by Russian Satellite Communications Company.[8] The modern town was developed in the middle of the 20th century and town status was granted to it in 1956. Population: 70,663 (2010 Census);[2] 60,951 (2002 Census);[9] 65,805 (1989 Census).[10]

Flag of Dubna
Coat of arms of Dubna
Location of Dubna
Dubna is located in Russia
Location of Dubna
Dubna is located in Moscow Oblast
Dubna (Moscow Oblast)
Coordinates: 56°44′N 37°10′E / 56.733°N 37.167°E / 56.733; 37.167
Federal subjectMoscow Oblast[1]
Founded1956Edit this on Wikidata
 • MayorSergey Kulikov
125 m (410 ft)
 • Total70,663
 • Estimate 
75,144 (+6.3%)
 • Rank223rd in 2010
 • Subordinated toDubna Town Under Oblast Jurisdiction[1]
 • Capital ofDubna Town Under Oblast Jurisdiction[1]
 • Urban okrugDubna Urban Okrug[4]
 • Capital ofDubna Urban Okrug[4]
Time zoneUTC+3 (MSK Edit this on Wikidata[5])
Postal code(s)[6]
Dialing code(s)+7 49621
OKTMO ID46718000001


The town is 120 meters (390 ft) above sea level, situated approximately 125 kilometers (78 mi) north of Moscow, on the Volga River, just downstream from the Ivankovo Reservoir. The reservoir is formed by a hydroelectric dam across the Volga situated within the town borders. The town lies on both banks of the Volga. The western boundary of the town is defined by the Moscow Canal joining the Volga, while the eastern boundary is defined by the Dubna River joining the Volga.[citation needed]

Dubna is the northernmost town of Moscow Oblast.[citation needed]


Pre-World War IIEdit

Fortress Dubna (Russian: Дубна) belonging to Rostov-Suzdal Principality was built in the area in 1132 by the order of Yuri Dolgoruki and existed until 1216. The fortress was destroyed during the feudal war between the sons of Vsevolod the Big Nest. The village of Gorodishche (Городище) was located on the right bank of the Volga River and was a part of the Kashin Principality. Dubna customs post (Дубненское мыто) was located in the area and was a part of the Principality of Tver.

Before the October Revolution, few villages were in the area: Podberezye was on the left bank of the Volga, and Gorodishche, Alexandrovka, Ivankovo, Yurkino, and Kozlaki (Russian: Козлаки) were on the right bank.

Right after the Revolution one of the first collective farms was organized in Dubna area.

In 1931, the Orgburo of the Communist Party made a decision to build the Volga-Moscow Canal. Genrikh Yagoda, then the leader of the State Political Directorate, was put in charge of construction. The Canal was completed in 1937. Ivankovo Reservoir and Ivankovo hydroelectrical plant were also created as a part of the project. Many villages and the town Korcheva were submerged under water. Dubna is mentioned in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's book The Gulag Archipelago as the town built by Gulag prisoners.


The decision to build a proton accelerator for nuclear research was taken by the Soviet government in 1946. An impractical place where the current town is situated was chosen due to remoteness from Moscow and the presence of the Ivankovo power plant nearby. The scientific leader was Igor Kurchatov. The general supervisor of the project including construction of a settlement, a road and a railway connecting it to Moscow (largely involving penal labour of Gulag inmates) was the NKVD chief Lavrentiy Beria. After three years of intensive work, the accelerator was commissioned on 13 December 1949.

The town of Dubna was officially inaugurated in 1956, together with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), which has developed into a large international research laboratory involved mainly in particle physics, heavy ion physics, synthesis of transuranium elements, and radiobiology. In 1960, a town of Ivankovo situated on the opposite (left) bank of the Volga was merged into Dubna. In 1964, Dubna hosted the prestigious International Conference on High Energy Physics.

Currently, a construction of NICA particle collider, a megascience project is underway in Dubna.

Outstanding physicists of the 20th century including Nikolay Bogolyubov, Georgy Flyorov, Vladimir Veksler, and Bruno Pontecorvo used to work at the institute. A number of elementary particles and nuclei of transuranium elements (most recently, element 117) have been discovered and investigated there, leading to the honorary naming of chemical element 105 dubnium (Db) for the town.

Administrative and municipal statusEdit

Within the framework of administrative divisions, it is incorporated as Dubna Town Under Oblast Jurisdiction—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts.[1] As a municipal division, Dubna Town Under Oblast Jurisdiction is incorporated as Dubna Urban Okrug.[4]


Historical population
Source: [11] unless indicated otherwise


Before the dissolution of the Soviet Union, JINR and MKB Raduga were the main employers in the town. Since then their role has decreased significantly. Several small industrial enterprises have emerged, however the town still experiences some employment difficulties. Proximity to Moscow allows many to commute and work there. Plans by AFK Sistema and other investors including government structures have been announced to build a Russian analogue of Silicon Valley in Dubna. As of the beginning of 2007, nothing has commenced.[citation needed]


Dubna is starting point of the Moscow Canal.[12][13] In addition to canal, Dubna is connected to moscow with А104 highway.Savyolovsky suburban railway line provide access to Moscow The public transport connections to Moscow include express trains, suburban trains and bus shuttles which depart from the Savyolovsky Rail Terminal.[citation needed]


Since 2007 Dubna is a headquarters and primary location of international jazz festival MuzEnergo[14] with free for public one-day open air festival in summer and one-week events in local venues in spring and autumn.

There are several museums in Dubna, including:[15]

  • Museum of Archeology and Local History of Dubna
  • The JINR Museum of the History of Science and Technology
  • Museum of Natural History at Dubna International University
  • Museum of Locks


Dubna located on the Moscow Canal and Ivankovo Reservoir and hence it is a good destination for water transport such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, and water-skiing.[citation needed]. In 2004 Dubna hosted for the first time the stage of the World Cup in water skiing[16].In 2011,Water Ski World Championships was held in Dubna[17][18] Dubna's sports facilities include two stadiums, a waterski stadium on the Volga River, three swimming pools, tennis courts, and five sports complexes.[citation needed]


One of the world's tallest statues of Vladimir Lenin, 25 meters (82 ft) high, built in 1937, is located at Dubna at the confluence of the Volga River and the Moscow Canal. The accompanying statue of Joseph Stalin of similar size was demolished in 1961 during the period of de-stalinization.[19]


Twin towns and sister citiesEdit

Dubna is twinned with:[20]



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  11. ^ "Народная энциклопедия "Мой город". Дубна (Московская область)". www.mojgorod.ru. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  12. ^ "The Moscow Canal opened". Presidential Library. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  13. ^ "Dubna | Russia | Britannica". www.britannica.com. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  14. ^ Jazz festival "MuzEnergo" official web site Archived 2 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "Музеи Дубны". 26 March 2012. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  16. ^ ""Спасибо, Дубна!"". jinrmag.jinr.ru. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  17. ^ "World Meets in Dubna, RUS | IWGA". www.theworldgames.org. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  18. ^ The Organizing Committee of the 2011 World Waterski Championships official web site Archived 24 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Salys, Rimgaila (2009). The Musical Comedy Films of Grigorii Aleksandrov: Laughing Matters. Intellect Books. p. 271.
  20. ^ "Торгово-промышленная палата города Дубны". www.tpp.dubna.ru. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  21. ^ pl:Dubna


  • Московская областная Дума. Закон №11/2013-ОЗ от 31 января 2013 г. «Об административно-территориальном устройстве Московской области», в ред. Закона №249/2019-ОЗ от 29 ноября 2019 г. «О внесении изменений в Закон Московской области "Об административно-территориальном устройстве Московской области"». Вступил в силу на следующий день после официального опубликования (13 января 2013 г.). Опубликован: "Ежедневные Новости. Подмосковье", №24, 12 февраля 2013 г. (Moscow Oblast Duma. Law #11/2013-OZ of January 31, 2013 On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Moscow Oblast, as amended by the Law #249/2019-OZ of November 29, 2019 On amending the Law of Moscow Oblast "On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Moscow Oblast". Effective as of the day following the day of the official publication (January 13, 2013).).
  • Московская областная Дума. Закон №84/2005-ОЗ от 28 февраля 2005 г. «О статусе и границе городского округа Дубна», в ред. Закона №52/2009-ОЗ от 22 мая 2009 г «О внесении изменений в Закон Московской области "О статусе и границе городского округа Дубна"». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Ежедневные Новости. Подмосковье", №44, 12 марта 2005 г. (Moscow Oblast Duma. Law #84/2005-OZ of February 28, 2005 On the Status and the Border of Dubna Urban Okrug, as amended by the Law #52/2009-OZ of May 22, 2009 On Amending the Law of Moscow Oblast "On the Status and the Border of Dubna Urban Okrug". Effective as of the day of the official publication.).

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