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District: Akyaka
Province: Kars
Country: Turkey
In 1879, Doukhobors established the village of Spasovka (Спасовка) at the confluence of the Kars and Kulyukdarki Rivers in the Shuragel district of Kars province, Russia (present-day Akyaka district, Kars province, Turkey). It was named after the village of Novo-Spasskoye in Elizavetpol from whence they came. There, the Doukhobors built an extensive irrigation-works. The village was abandoned in 1899 following the Doukhobor migration to Canada. Thereafter, it was renamed Odintsovo (Одинцово) after Brigadier-General Dmitry Aleksandrovich Odintsev (1852-?), Military Governor of Kars from 1898 to 1899, and resettled by Russian Orthodox peasants. It was abandoned again in 1918-1921 when Russia ceded Kars to Turkey. Thereafter it was resettled by Turks and the original Turkish name of the village site, Sahnalar, was restored. That name, in turn, is derived from the Turkish term sahna, meaning "local bureaucrat” or “local official”. (1886 pop. 817) [40° 44' 0" N - 43° 33' 0" E]



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