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    (April 21, 1838- )
    Born in Krasnodar Krai, Russian Federation
    Resort town around the northern Republic of Georgia border and southern Russian border at the Black Sea
    Site of the 22nd Olympic Winter Games (2014)
    Population: more than 395,000 (2006 census)
    Sister city of Long Beach, California
    Insert your own Japanese joke.
    It spent some nine centuries in the hands of Christian kingdoms, which were eventually destroyed by nomadic invaders.
    Its average minimum temperature – in January – is 38 degrees (3,1 C). (Perfect for most other occasions, but the Olympic Winter Games?)
    To prepare for the Olympiad, acting head of state Anatoliy Pakhomov insisted that – under extreme duress – all residents learn English. (Good luck with their ‘official’ site, unless you have Russian text rendering.)
    Maria Sharapova’s tennis career began here.
    Its average maximum temperature – in August – 81 degrees (27 C).
    Its lowest temperature was 8 degrees (-13 C).
    It is the home of the annual Kinotavr film festival.
    At least the residents won’t have to pay much, if any, for their English courses.

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