Aksha (village)

Aksha (village)

Aksha ( _ru. Акша) is a village ("selo") and the administrative center of Akshinsky District of Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia, located at the confluence of the Aksha and Onon Rivers, km to mi|169 south of Chita. Population: ru-census2002|4129|; su-census1989|4637|.

It was founded in 1750 as a Cossack frontier fort to prevent penetration of the Chinese into the Russian territory. Since then the village was used as a prison and many famous political criminals were sent there. In 1872, it was granted town status, but was demoted to a rural locality after the October Revolution. The prison was also abolished after the Revolution.

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