Incorporated in 1917, Kotlas (61° 15' N, 46° 35' E) is a city of 82,000 people at the southern tip of the Archangel Region, a province in northwestern Russia. Kotlas lies at the confluence of two, wide, navigable rivers, the Northern Dvina and the Vychegda. Kotlas has a river port, a shipyard, a rail junction, an airport, a timber-processing combine, a shirt and furniture factory, a brick factory and an electromechanical factory. A nearby town has a paper mill complex, the largest in all of the former Soviet Union. These similarities to Watervillethe northern location, the rivers, the railroad, and the paper and wood products industriesled organizers here to choose Kotlas as the target of their sister city aspirations.
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