A minor planet
Minor planet
An asteroid group or minor-planet group is a population of minor planets that have a share broadly similar orbits. Members are generally unrelated to each other, unlike in an asteroid family, which often results from the break-up of a single asteroid...

, 3189 Penza
3189 Penza
3189 Penza is a main-belt asteroid discovered on September 13, 1978 by Nikolai Chernykh at Nauchnyj. It is named after the Russian city of Penza.- External links :*...

, discovered by Soviet
Soviet Union
The Soviet Union , officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics , was a constitutionally socialist state that existed in Eurasia between 1922 and 1991....

 astronomer Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh
Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh
Nikolay Stepanovich Chernykh was a Soviet and Russian astronomer.Chernykh was born in the city of Usman' in Voronezh Oblast...

 in 1978, is named after the city.

Notable residents

  • Former Soviet national team hockey players Aleksandr Golikov
    Aleksandr Golikov
    Aleksandr Nikolayevich Golikov was a Russian ice hockey player, who competed for the USSR. Brother to Vladimir Golikov. He was the top Soviet goal scorer in the 1980 olympic games, scoring a hat trick in the first game against Japan.-External links:*...

    , Vladimir Golikov
    Vladimir Golikov
    Vladimir Nikolayevich Golikov is a retired ice hockey player who played in the Soviet Hockey League. He played for HC Dynamo Moscow...

    , Yuri Moiseev
    Yuri Moiseev
    Yuri Ivanovich Moiseev was an ice hockey player who played in the Soviet Hockey League. He was Jewish, and played for HC CSKA Moscow....

    , Vasily Pervukhin, Sergei Yashin
    Sergei Yashin
    Sergei Anatolievich Yashin is a retired ice hockey player who played in the Soviet Hockey League. He played for HC Dynamo Moscow. He was inducted into the Russian and Soviet Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988....

    , Aleksandr Kozhevnikov, and Sergei Svetlov
    Sergei Svetlov
    Sergei Aleksandrovich Svetlov is a retired ice hockey player who played in the Soviet Hockey League. He played for HC Dynamo Moscow. He was inducted into the Russian and Soviet Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988....

     were born here.
  • Former Russian rhythmic gymnasts, Olympic champion, world champion & europe champion Natalia Lavrova
    Natalia Lavrova
    Natalia Lavrova was a dual Olympic gold medalist. Lavrova won a gold medal in the rhythmic gymnastics group event at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics.She was born in Penza, Soviet Union...

     of the National Team was born and lived in Penza, she died with her sister in a car accident at the Penza Oblast
    Penza Oblast
    -External links:* *...

     in April 2010.

Twin towns/sister cities

Penza is twinned
Town twinning
Twin towns and sister cities are two of many terms used to describe the cooperative agreements between towns, cities, and even counties in geographically and politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties.- Terminology :...

 with: Békéscsaba
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, Hungary
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 (1970) Busan
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, South Korea
South Korea
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 (2007) Gansu
' is a province located in the northwest of the People's Republic of China.It lies between the Tibetan and Huangtu plateaus, and borders Mongolia, Inner Mongolia, and Ningxia to the north, Xinjiang and Qinghai to the west, Sichuan to the south, and Shaanxi to the east...

, China
Chinese civilization may refer to:* China for more general discussion of the country.* Chinese culture* Greater China, the transnational community of ethnic Chinese.* History of China* Sinosphere, the area historically affected by Chinese culture...

 Ramat Gan, Israel
The State of Israel is a parliamentary republic located in the Middle East, along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea...

 (2007) Ternopil
Ternopil , is a city in western Ukraine, located on the banks of the Seret River. Ternopil is one of the major cities of Western Ukraine and the historical region of Galicia...

, Ukraine
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Penza first hosted the Russian Sidecarcross Grand Prix
Sidecarcross world championship
The Sidecar Motocross World Championship is an annual event, organised by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme , held since 1980. Previous to that, a European competition was held from 1971 onwards....

 in 2009
2009 Sidecarcross world championship
The 2009 FIM Sidecarcross world championship, the 30th edition of the competition, started on 29 March and finished after thirteen race weekends on 13 September 2009....

, and will do so again in 2010
2010 Sidecarcross World Championship
The 2010 FIM Sidecarcross World Championship, the 31st edition of the competition, started on 5 April and finished after fourteen race weekends on 12 September 2010.The defending champions were Joris Hendrickx from Belgium and Kaspars Liepins from Latvia...

, on 15 August.

The city football team FC Zenit Penza was established in 1918 but now plays in the Russian Amateur League. Penza has also a professional rugby union
Rugby union
Rugby union, often simply referred to as rugby, is a full contact team sport which originated in England in the early 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand...

 club, Imperia-Dynamo Penza
Imperia-Dynamo Penza
Imperia-Dynamo Penza is a Russian rugby club from Penza. They participate in the Professional Rugby League, the top division of Russian rugby.- Current squad :...

, from Russia's Professional Rugby League
Professional Rugby League
Professional Rugby League is the premier rugby union competition in Russia. The Professional League was formed in 2005 and succeeds the Superleague. The Superleague, in turn, was active from 1992 to 2004 and succeeded the Soviet Championship....


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