Baykalsk (English)
Байкальск (Russian)
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Location of Irkutsk Oblast in Russia
Location of Baykalsk in Irkutsk Oblast
Coordinates: 51°31′N 104°08′E / 51.517°N 104.133°E / 51.517; 104.133Coordinates: 51°31′N 104°08′E / 51.517°N 104.133°E / 51.517; 104.133
Administrative status (as of July 2013)
Country Russia
Federal subject Irkutsk Oblast[1]
Administrative district Slyudyansky District[2]
Municipal status (as of December 2004)
Municipal district Slyudyansky Municipal District[3]
Urban settlement Baykalskoye Urban Settlement[3]
Administrative center of Baykalskoye Urban Settlement[3]
Population (2010 Census) 13,583 inhabitants[4]
Time zone IRKT (UTC+08:00)[5]
Founded 1961[6]
Town status since 1966
Postal code(s)[7] 665930, 665932
Dialing code(s) +7 39542
Baykalsk on Wikimedia Commons

Baykalsk (Russian: Байкальск; IPA: [bɐjˈkalʲsk]) is a town in Slyudyansky District of Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, located 41 kilometers (25 mi) from Slyudyanka, the administrative center of the district. Population: 13,583(2010 Census);[4] 15,727(2002 Census);[8] 16,406(1989 Census).[9]


It was founded in 1961[6] with the opening of a paper mill at Lake Baikal, called Baykalsk Paper and Pulp Mills.

In the late 2000s, Baykalsk faced a series of well-documented economic crises stemming from its status as a monotown entirely dependent on the declining paper mill it was founded around.

Administrative and municipal status

Within the framework of administrative divisions, Baykalsk is subordinated to Slyudyansky District.[2] As a municipal division, the town of Baykalsk, together with two rural localities in Slyudyansky District, is incorporated within Slyudyansky Municipal District as Baykalskoye Urban Settlement.[3]


Baykalsk Paper and Pulp Mills was a major source of pollution of Lake Baikal.[10] About 3,500 people were directly employed by the plant. The plant was closed in 2009 after new expensive waste water treatment equipment made the factory unprofitable after the global economic downturn.[10][11] In Soviet times, the factory management was primarily responsible for the town's maintenance. The town and plant administrations were independent from one another but 95% of the town's budget used to come from the plant in form of taxes. In January 2010, following disturbances, the Russian government with the cooperation of its private owner reopened the factory and exempted it from pollution rules but lowered the workers' wages. [12]

In September 2013, the mill underwent a final bankruptcy, with the last eight hundred workers slated to lose their jobs by December 28, 2013.[13]


There are nine kindergartens, three theaters, and a new sports center in the town. The residential parts mostly consist of three- and five-story apartment blocks.



  1. 1 2 Charter of Irkutsk Oblast
  2. 1 2 Registry of the Administrative-Territorial Formations of Irkutsk Oblast
  3. 1 2 3 4 Law #72-oz
  4. 1 2 Russian Federal State Statistics Service (2011). "Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года. Том 1" [2010 All-Russian Population Census, vol. 1]. Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года (2010 All-Russia Population Census) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved June 29, 2012.
  5. Правительство Российской Федерации. Федеральный закон №107-ФЗ от 3 июня 2011 г. «Об исчислении времени», в ред. Федерального закона №271-ФЗ от 03 июля 2016 г. «О внесении изменений в Федеральный закон "Об исчислении времени"». Вступил в силу по истечении шестидесяти дней после дня официального опубликования (6 августа 2011 г.). Опубликован: "Российская газета", №120, 6 июня 2011 г. (Government of the Russian Federation. Federal Law #107-FZ of June 31, 2011 On Calculating Time, as amended by the Federal Law #271-FZ of July 03, 2016 On Amending Federal Law "On Calculating Time". Effective as of after sixty days following the day of the official publication.).
  6. 1 2 Энциклопедия Города России. Moscow: Большая Российская Энциклопедия. 2003. p. 32. ISBN 5-7107-7399-9.
  7. Почта России. Информационно-вычислительный центр ОАСУ РПО. (Russian Post). Поиск объектов почтовой связи (Postal Objects Search) (Russian)
  8. Russian Federal State Statistics Service (May 21, 2004). "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек" [Population of Russia, Its Federal Districts, Federal Subjects, Districts, Urban Localities, Rural Localities—Administrative Centers, and Rural Localities with Population of Over 3,000] (XLS). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года [All-Russia Population Census of 2002] (in Russian). Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  9. Demoscope Weekly (1989). "Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 г. Численность наличного населения союзных и автономных республик, автономных областей и округов, краёв, областей, районов, городских поселений и сёл-райцентров" [All Union Population Census of 1989: Present Population of Union and Autonomous Republics, Autonomous Oblasts and Okrugs, Krais, Oblasts, Districts, Urban Settlements, and Villages Serving as District Administrative Centers]. Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 года [All-Union Population Census of 1989] (in Russian). Институт демографии Национального исследовательского университета: Высшая школа экономики [Institute of Demography at the National Research University: Higher School of Economics]. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  10. 1 2 "Oleg Deripaska pays up". The Daily Telegraph. London. 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2010-08-18.
  11. "Siberian Town silenced by downturn". BBC News. 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2010-08-18.
  12. Levy, Clifford J. (November 8, 2010). "Last Gasp for Factory Bequeathed by Soviets". The New York Times. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  13. Nemtsova, Anna (30 November 2013). "Tide of discontent sweeps through Russia's struggling 'rust belt'". NBC News. Archived from the original on December 15, 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2015.


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