Bodaybo is a town in Irkutsk Oblast
Irkutsk Oblast
Irkutsk Oblast is a federal subject of Russia , located in southeastern Siberia in the basins of Angara River, Lena, and Nizhnyaya Tunguska Rivers. The administrative center is the city of Irkutsk. Population: -History:...

, Russia
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, located on the Vitim River
Vitim River
Vitim River is a major tributary of the Lena River. With its source east of Lake Baikal, the Vitim flows 1,978 km north through the Transbaykalian Mountains and the town of Bodaybo. The river peaks in June and freezes from November to May. It is navigable from the Lena to Bodaybo. Upstream,...

 at its confluence
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 with the Bodaybo River. Population: 12,800 (1968).

It was founded in 1864 and served the needs of the local gold mining
Gold mining
Gold mining is the removal of gold from the ground. There are several techniques and processes by which gold may be extracted from the earth.-History:...

 industry. The Lena massacre
Lena massacre
The Lena Massacre or Lena Execution refers to the shooting of striking goldfield workers by the Russian Empire's tsarist army on in northeast Siberia near the Lena River...

 took place near Bodaybo in 1912. It was granted town status in 1925.

Vitim event

The Vitim event
Vitim event
The Vitim event or Bodaybo event is believed to be an impact by a bolide or comet nucleus in the Vitim River basin. It occurred near the town of Bodaybo in the Mamsko-Chuisky district of Irkutsk Oblast, Siberia, Russia on September 25, 2002 at approximately 10:00 p.m....

 occurred on September 25, 2002 near the town. It was believed to be caused by a bolide or a comet
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 nucleus impact.


Bodaybo Airport is a small and the only airport in Bodaybo. It is served by Angara Airlines
Angara Airlines
JSC Angara Airlines is an airline based in Irkutsk, Russia. Established in 2000, it operates regional scheduled and charter services on behalf of its owner, the Irkut Corporation aircraft repair factory out of Irkutsk International Airport.-Fleet:...

 which flies to Irkutsk
Irkutsk is a city and the administrative center of Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, one of the largest cities in Siberia. Population: .-History:In 1652, Ivan Pokhabov built a zimovye near the site of Irkutsk for gold trading and for the collection of fur taxes from the Buryats. In 1661, Yakov Pokhabov...

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