Irkutsk was named after the Irkut River, whose name was derived from the Buryat word for “spinning”.
Irkutsk is the administrative center of Irkutsk Oblast, Russia.
In December 2016, 74 people in Irkutsk died in a mass methanol poisoning.
The climate is continental. The average temperature in January -15 C, in July +19 C.
Irkutsk was founded in 1661 & is one of the largest cities in Siberia.
In 2018, it was reported men in Irkutsk only survive on average to 63.
Irkutsk is twinned with: Ulan Bator, Mongolia; Shenyang, China; Kanazawa, Japan; Eugene, United States; Novi Sad, Serbia; Pforzheim, Germany; Évian-les-Bains, France; Strömsund, Sweden; Pordenone, Italy; Grenoble, France; Dijon, France & Gangneung, South Korea.
Many distinguished Russians were sent into exile in Irkutsk for their part in the Decembrist revolt of 1825, and the city became an exile-post for the rest of the century.
The 662.4 MW Irkutsk Hydroelectric Power Station was the first cascade hydroelectric power station in the Irkutsk region. The construction of the dam started in 1950 and finished in 1958.
Irkutsk is also home to the Okhlopkov Drama Theater, one of Russia’s oldest.