John Hughes, business man with a connection to Wales (Merthyr Tydfil)

John Hughes

In 1872 he moved to Ukraine, to the province (Oblast) of Donetsk and founded an ironworks at the headwaters of the Kalmius river. He helped to improve and expand the Russian rail road. The town's pre-revolutionary name was from his own surname, Yuzovka. After the Revolution it was called Stalino, changed in 1961 to Donetsk.
Connection: John Hughes, Welsh industrialist from Merthyr Tydfil.

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The city was called Yuzovka from 1872 until 1924, in honour of John Hughes (1814 to 1889).

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