Staraya Russa (stäˈrĪə rōˈsə) [key] [Rus., = Old Russia], city (1989 pop. 41,500), W European Russia, near Lake Ilmen. It is a health resort with salt springs and mud baths. It is one of the oldest Russian settlements, appearing first in records from 1167. The city was formerly a center for mining and processing salt.
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