Orotukan (Russian Оротукан ) is an urban-type settlement in Magadan Oblast (Russia) with 1531 inhabitants (as of October 14, 2010 ).


The settlement is located in the northern part of the Kolymagebirges approximately 300 line kilometers north of Magadan Oblasthauptstadt on the right bank of the same name tributary of the Kolyma River, 50 km upstream of the mouth.

The place belongs to Rajon Yagodnoye and is located about 100 kilometers south-east of the administrative center Yagodnoye.


Its history begins in early 1931, when geologists explored the valley of the Kolyma Creek on gold deposits and set up camp on the river. Shortly afterwards, the preparatory work for the construction of " Kolyma route " started through the area.

The town was built on its present location mid-1930s; He received his name by the river, whose name stands for a "little burnt meadows or forest area " was created from the Yakut " ortokon ". In 1935 was in place, the center of the southern section of the Gulag regional administration Dalstroy.

In the 1940s, a factory for repair and later production of mining equipment was born. 1953 the location of the status of urban-type settlement was awarded.

Due to the economic crisis that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union, most of mining and other businesses were closed in 1990 or impose limitations on their production considerably, so since then more than half of the inhabitants left the place.


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Culture and sights

In Orotukan there is a library and a cinema.

Economy and infrastructure

In the Soviet period Orotukan was one of the centers of the gold exploration and promotion of Kolymagebietes. Here was a work for mining equipment.

The settlement is located on the revalued to highway M56 Kolyma - line, which in the north-western part of the oblast leads from Magadan via Sussuman in the neighboring Republic of Yakutia ( Sakha ) ( according to Yakutsk, due to drive, as well as branch to Ust- Nera ). The distance to Magadan on the road is about 400 km, to Yakutsk nearly 1500 kilometers.


  • Tina Karol (* 1985 in Orotukan ), pop singer
  • Matvey Korobov ( b. 1983 in Orotukan ), Boxer