The former regional
was founded in 1844 and named Vorontsovka after the Russian viceroy,
then renamed Kalinino in 1935 after Soviet functionary Mikhail I.
Kalinin, who rose to be Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet 1938-46. The Tashir cheese factory used to
produced 33% of the USSR’s Swiss
Turning E in Tashir, the road leads to
old fort nearby.