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Located on the shores of the Black Sea, Novorossiysk is one of the biggest and most important commercial ports in Russia. During the Russian Civil War following the 1917 Revolution, Novorossiysk was a key base for the White Army fighting the communist Red Army. As the Red Army gained the upper hand in 1920, the port served as a staging area for the mass evacuation of Whites to Constantinople. When the port fell, the Reds executed 33,000 of the remaining soldiers.

During World War II, also known in Russia as the Great Patriotic War, Novorossiysk was largely overrun by Axis forces. However, a contingent of determined Soviet sailors managed to keep control of the docks, denying their use by the invaders for resupply. The sailors held out for over seven months, until the city was liberated by advancing Soviet armies. Commemorating their brave resistance, Novorossiysk was one of twelve cities of the Soviet Union to be awarded the title of 'Hero City.'

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