Yoshkar-Ola or Ioshkar-Ola (both: yəshkärˌəläˈ) [key], city (1989 pop. 242,000), capital of Mari El, E central European Russia. Manufactures include pharmaceuticals and agricultural machinery. The city was founded in 1578 as a Russian outpost.
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