Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Russian: Петропа́вловск-Камча́тский, tr. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, IPA: [pʲɪtrɐˈpavləfsk kɐmˈtɕatskʲɪj] (listen)) is a city and the administrative, industrial, scientific, and cultural center of Kamchatka Krai, Russia. Population: 179,780(2010 Census);[2] 198,028(2002 Census);[7] 268,747(1989 Census).[8]


"Horizont" and "Severo-Vostok" microdistricts, Monument to Vitus Bering, building on Krasintsev st., Kamchatka drama and comedy theatre, Kamchatka Krai court on Leninskaya st.


Coat of arms
Location of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Location of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Kamchatka Krai)
Coordinates: 53°01′N 158°39′E
Federal subjectKamchatka Krai
FoundedOctober 17, 1740
  BodyCity Duma
  HeadSergey Kondrashin
  Total362.14 km2 (139.82 sq mi)
150 m (490 ft)
181,216 (+0.8%)
  Rank100th in 2010
  Density500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
  Subordinated toPetropavlovsk-Kamchatsky City Under Krai Jurisdiction[1]
  Capital ofKamchatka Krai[1], Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky City Under Krai Jurisdiction[1]
  Urban okrugPetropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Urban Okrug[4]
  Capital ofPetropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Urban Okrug[4]
Time zoneUTC+12 (MSK+9 [5])
Postal code(s)[6]
683000 (main)
Dialing code(s)+7 4152
OKTMO ID30701000001
City DayOctober 17
Twin townsKushiro, Sevastopol, Unalaska, Aksaray

It was previously known as Petropavlovsk (until 1924).


The city is situated on high hills and surrounded by volcanoes. The surrounding terrain is mountainous enough that the horizon cannot be seen clearly from any point in town. Across Avacha Bay from the city in Vilyuchinsk is Russia's largest submarine base, the Rybachiy Nuclear Submarine Base, established during the Soviet period and still used by the Russian Navy.[9] The city is located 6,766 kilometres (4,204 mi) from Moscow and about 2,220 kilometres (1,380 mi) from Vladivostok.


Cossack units visited the area from 1697. The Danish navigator Vitus Bering (in the service of the Imperial Russian Navy) is considered the founder of the city (in 1740), although navigator Ivan Fomich Yelagin laid the foundation a few months earlier. Bering reached Avacha Bay in late 1740 and in his capacity as the superior officer, named the new settlement "Petropavlovsk" (Peter and Paul) after his two ships, the St. Peter and the St. Paul, built in Okhotsk for his second expedition of 1733-1742. The town's location on the eastern coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula, on the sheltered Avacha Bay and at the mouth of the Avacha River, saw it develop to become the most important settlement in Kamchatka. It gained town status on April 9, 1812.

During the 1853–1855 Crimean War, Anglo-French forces put the city under siege (August-September 1854), but it never fell. The city had been fortified under the overall command of Nikolay Muravyov ( Governor-General of the Eastern Siberia Governorate-General from 1847 to 1861) in the years prior, but only possessed a small garrison of a few hundred soldiers and sixty-seven cannon. After much exchange of fire, 600 Anglo-French troops landed south of the city, but after heavy fighting, 230 Russian troops forced them to retreat (1 September 1854). Four days later, 900 Anglo-French troops landed east of the town, but again the Russians repelled the allies (5 September 1854). The allied ships then retreated from Russian Pacific waters (7 September 1854). The total Russian losses were reported at around 100 men; those of the Anglo-French at at least five times that number.[10]

At the time of the surrender of Japan in World War II (August/September 1945), United States Naval Construction Battalion 114 was in the Aleutians. In September 1945 the battalion received orders to send a detachment to the USSR to build a Naval Advance Base (a Fleet Weather Central)[11] - located 10 miles outside Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and code-named TAMA.[12] The original agreement gave the Seabees 3 weeks to complete the camp. Upon arrival the Soviets told the Seabees they had 10 days and were amazed that the Seabees achieved the task.[12] It was one of two that Stalin agreed to. The other was near Khabarovsk, in buildings provided by the Russians.[12] For mail Petropavlovsk was assigned Navy number 1169, FPO San Francisco.[13] The American's use of these two bases proved short-lived.

Petropavlovsk was a great source of fish, particularly salmon, and of crab meat for the Soviet Union in the 20th century. Following the end of the Soviet era in December 1991, fishing rights have also been granted to foreign interests. Poaching of salmon for their caviar at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky remains a problem amid lax law-enforcement and widespread corruption.[14]

Association football has a history in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The main stadium in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is the 5,000-capacity Spartak Stadium - used mostly for association-football matches. The former association-football club FC Volcano were tenants of the stadium.

Administrative and municipal status

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is the administrative center of the krai.[1] Within the framework of administrative divisions, it is incorporated as Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky City Under Krai Jurisdiction—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts.[1] As a municipal division, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky City Under Krai Jurisdiction is incorporated as Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Urban Okrug.[4]


The city has developed a tourist infrastructure. About twenty large tourism companies offer a wide range of services from bear hunting to paragliding. No roads connect the Kamchatka Peninsula to the rest of the world. Travel to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is expensive but is growing in popularity because of the remarkable scenery throughout the peninsula. The city is served by Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport, which is linked to the town and its port via the A-401 road. During the warmer months cruise ships regularly stop there for the day.


Ethnic Russians make up the majority of the population; the city on its own has more inhabitants than the entire neighboring Chukotka Autonomous Okrug or Magadan Oblast.

The population numbered 179,780 in 2010; 179,800 in 2011; 179,784 in 2012; and 181,618 in 2013.


The climate at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky reasonably qualifies as cool-summer continental (Köppen Dfc). However, this area's climate has strong oceanic influences due its proximity to the Sea of Okhotsk. Therefore, the climate is transitional between the subpolar oceanic climates of the (Alaska, U.S.) Aleutian Islands to the east and the strongly continental subarctic climate prevalent in northeast Russia, whether at coastal locations (i.e. Magadan) or interior areas (with extreme hypercontinental, subarctic climates, such as Yakutsk and especially Verkhoyansk). Average annual precipitation is 1,180 millimeters (46 in), or about 3 12 times as much as most of Siberia averages, mostly falling as frozen precipitation, primarily snow, from November to April. Average monthly precipitation is highest in autumn, with October the wettest month on average, closely followed by November. May through July are markedly the driest months on average; June is the single driest month. Winter temperatures are much milder than in Siberia. Here, average January daytime high temperatures are around −4.4 °C (24.1 °F), while average daytime high temperature in August, the warmest month, is 17 °C (63 °F). Thus, resulting from oceanic cooling, summer daytime high temperatures in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky are markedly cooler than in interior Siberia, where Verkhoyansk has a July average daytime high temperature of 23.5 °C (74.3 °F). In warmer-summer years, monthly high averages in July–August can reach 18 °C (64 °F) and higher. Days of above 20 °C (68 °F) can be expected an average of 19.6 days per summer.[15]

Despite the generally high precipitation, the weather is less cloudy than in the adjacent Kuril Islands that are one of the least sunny places in the world,[16] since the city is located behind a peninsula to the north that blocks some of the fog from the cold Oyashio Current offshore of the Kamchatka Peninsula. Oceanic water in Avacha Bay and adjacent bays is also warmer than coastal waters of Kuril Islands and Okhotsk sea coast (except Southern Kuriles and Southern Sakhalin).

In the spring (February to April), seawater may freeze.

Highest Temperature: 30.0 °C (86.0 °F) on July 2, 2012

Lowest Temperature: −31.7 °C (−25.1 °F) on February 14, 1917

Warmest Month: 16.1 °C (61.0 °F) on July, 2013

Coldest Month: −22.1 °C (−7.8 °F) on February, 1898

Highest Daily Precipitation: 200.2 millimetres (7.88 in) on November 10, 2002

Wettest Year: 1,996 millimetres (78.6 in) in 1971

Driest Year: 432 millimetres (17.0 in) in 1947

Climate data for Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (1981–2010, extremes 1894–present Climate ID:32583)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 5.2
Average high °C (°F) −4.4
Daily mean °C (°F) −7.0
Average low °C (°F) −9.2
Record low °C (°F) −28.6
Average precipitation mm (inches) 118
Average rainy days 1 0.4 1 3 13 15 17 17 17 17 6 1 108
Average snowy days 18 18 18 17 7 0.1 0 0 0.03 3 15 17 113
Average relative humidity (%) 71 68 68 72 75 79 84 83 79 74 70 71 75
Mean monthly sunshine hours 105 114 176 192 193 196 169 178 178 157 122 93 1,870
Source #1:[17]
Source #2: NOAA (sun 1961–1990)[18]
Climate data for Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average sea temperature °C (°F) 0.1
Source: Weather Atlas [19]


Results of the Russian legislative elections

Parties/Year 2003 2007 2011
Communist Party 8.83%8.89%17.78%
Patriots of Russia
(including former Party of Peace and Unity)
A Just Russia
(including former Rodina or Motherland-National Patriotic Union
Russian Party of Life
People's Party of the Russian Federation
and Russian Ecological Party "The Greens")
(including former Union of People for education and research: "Партия СЛОН")
Right Cause
(including former Citizens' Force
Democratic Party of Russia
and Union of Rightist Forces)
United Russia
(including former Agrarian Party of Russia)
Liberal Democratic Party 15.25%12.00%18.40%
Other minor parties 12.12%

Twin towns and sister cities

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is twinned with:

Notable residents


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  • Законодательное Собрание Камчатского края. Закон №46 от 29 апреля 2008 г. «Об административно-территориальном устройстве Камчатского края», в ред. Закона №659 от 30 июля 2015 г. «О внесении изменения в статью 5 Закона Камчатского края "Об административно-территориальном устройстве Камчатского края"». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Официальные Ведомости", №65-69, 6 мая 2008 г. (Legislative Assembly of Kamchatka Krai. Law #46 of April 29, 2008 On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Kamchatka Krai, as amended by the Law #659 of July 30, 2015 On Amending Article 5 of the Law of Kamchatka Krai "On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Kamchatka Krai". Effective as of the day of the official publication.).
  • Совет народных депутатов Камчатской области. Закон №220 от 20 октября 2004 г. «О наделении Петропавловск-Камчатского городского муниципального образования статусом городского округа и об установлении границ Петропавловск-Камчатского городского округа». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Официальные Ведомости", №77–78, 16 декабря 2004 г. (Council of People's Deputies of Kamchatka Oblast. Law #220 of October 20, 2004 On Granting Urban Okrug Status to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Urban Municipal Formation and on Establishing the Borders of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Urban Okrug. Effective as of the day of the official publication.).

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