Dzerzhinsk dzĭrzhēnsk´ [key], city (1989 pop. 285,000), W European Russia, a port on the Oka River above. There is a huge chemical complex there. The city was called Chernorech until about 1919 and Rastyapino until 1929, when it was renamed in honor of Feliks Dzerzhinsky , founder of the Soviet secret police.

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