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Ust-Kamenogorsk (also known as Oskemen in Kazakh people language), also spelled ust'-kame-nogorsk, is a city of East Kazakhstan region (oblast).

Ust-Kamenogorsk city lies in the foothills of Rudny Altay mountains and at the junction of Ulba and Irtysh rivers.
Ust-Kamenogorsk (Oskemen) city population - 320,000 (2006).
Ust-Kamenogorsk (Oskemen) city area - 540
Ust-Kamenogorsk (Oskemen) city phone code - +7-7232.
Ust-Kamenogorsk (Oskemen) city postal code - 070000.

Ust-Kamenogorsk city was founded as a Russian fort in 1720. Ust-Kamenogorsk later became a center of trade with Mongolia and China and the gateway to the mineral wealth of the Rudny Altay mountains.

Ust-Kamenogorsk city is now Kazakhstan major center of nonferrous metallurgy (lead, zinc, titanium, and magnesium) with important associated research institutes and laboratories.

Other industries of Ust-Kamenogorsk city include food processing and machine building. Ust-Kamenogorsk city is also an important transport junction.

There are teacher-training, construction and road-building institutes, as well as various technical colleges in Ust-Kamenogorsk city of Kazakhstan. A large hydroelectric station lies upstream on Irtysh river.

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