Kalininsk, Saratov Oblast
Before 1962, Kalininsk was known as Balanda. Balanda had been founded in 1680 along the Balanda River.
Because of its proximity to the Volga German colonies, many Volga German families lived there through the years.
The following Volga German families settled in and around Balanda:
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- Williams, Hattie Plum. A Social Study of the Russian German. Thesis. (Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska, 1916): 12.