() (alternatively known as Viatsk
) is a small fishing village
in Khabarovsk Krai
, located on the east side of the Amur River
, northeast of Khabarovsk
The original inhabitants apparently were various Tungusic peoples
Formerly part of Outer Manchuria
along with Khabarovsk
was ceded to Imperial Russia by the Qing
Dynasty of China as part of the 1860 Convention of Peking
During World War II
was a camp for the Soviet 88th Brigade, which was made up of Chinese and Korean guerrillas. Kim Il-sung
, future leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
, was stationed there as a Captain in the Soviet Red Army
commanding a battalion, and according to some sources his family was there as well. According to those same sources his son Kim Jong-il
was born there on February 16, 1941 (Although the DPRK government claim Kim Jong-il was born on Baekdu Mountain
in Japanese occupied Korea
a year later, on February 16, 1942
). Residents of the town claim that his brother Shura Kim (also known as the first Kim Pyong-il) fell into a well and died, and was buried there; however other sources claim that Kim Jong-il
's sibling drowned in a pool in Pyongyang
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