Astrakhan Oblast
Астраханская область (Russian)
—  Oblast  —


Coat of arms
Anthem: none[1]
Coordinates: 47°14′N 47°14′E / 47.233, 47.233Coordinates: 47°14′N 47°14′E / 47.233, 47.233
Political status
Country Russia
Federal district Southern[2]
Economic region Volga[3]
Established December 27, 1943[4]
Administrative center Astrakhan[5]
Government (as of April 2014)
 - Governor[6] Alexander Zhilkin[7]
 - Legislature State Duma[8]
Area (as of the 2002 Census)[9]
 - Total 44,100 km2 (17,027.1 sq mi)
Area rank 55th
Population (2010 Census)[10]
 - Total 1,010,073
 - Rank 52nd
 - Density[11] 22.9 /km2 (59 /sq mi)
 - Urban 66.7%
 - Rural 33.3%
Population (January 2013 est.)1,013,800 inhabitants[12]
Time zone(s) MSK (UTC+04:00)[13]
ISO 3166-2 RU-AST
License plates 30
Official languages Russian[14]
Official website

Astrakhan Oblast (Russian: Астраха́нская о́бласть, Astrakhanskaya oblast) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast) located in southern Russia. Its administrative center is the city of Astrakhan. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 1,010,073.[10]


Astrakhan is traversed by the northeasterly line of equal latitude and longitude. Its southern border is the Caspian Sea, eastern is Kazakhstan, northern is Volgograd Oblast, and western is the Republic of Kalmykia.

It is within the Russian Southern Federal District.


The oblast was created on December 27, 1943, on parts of the territories of the abolished Kalmyk ASSR and Astrakhan Okrug of Stalingrad Oblast.[4]

Project Vega[]

From October 8, 1980 to October 27, 1984, and under the leadership of Nikolai Baibakov,[lower-alpha 1] the USSR held fifteen deep underground nuclear tests for Nuclear Explosions for the National Economy at the site Vega in the Ryn Desert in the east of the oblast less than 50 km from downtown Astrakhan to create reservoirs for natural gas storage.[15][16] Because of the detonation depth (975 to 1,100 meters) and relatively low yield (3.2 to 13.5 kilotons), no radiation was released to the environment.[15] These blasts had lower yields than the Project Sapphire blasts, which were 40km south-southwest of Orenburg, to reduce any possible seismic destruction to nearby towns in the Volga delta including Astrakhan.[16][17] At that time, the natural gas fields near Astrakhan, which are at a deplth of 3900 to 4,100 meters, could contain as much as 6 trillion cubic meters, which is an amount similar to Urengoy. In 2017, the Astrakhanskoye field, which is an area of 100km by 40km in the middle of the Astrakhan arch and is 60km northeast of Astrakhan, is the ninth largest in Russia and the largest in European Russia with an estimated gas in place of 102 trillion cubic feet (2.9 trillion cubic metres). The deposit is operated by Gazprom Dobycha Astrakhan which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gazprom.[18] The field produces large amounts of sulfur, too.[18][19][20][21][22][23]


Governor and Government of Astrakhan Oblast Administration Building

During the Soviet period, the high authority in the oblast was shared between three persons: The first secretary of the Astrakhan CPSU Committee (who in reality had the biggest authority), the chairman of the oblast Soviet (legislative power), and the Chairman of the oblast Executive Committee (executive power). Since 1991, CPSU lost all the power, and the head of the Oblast administration, and eventually the governor was appointed/elected alongside elected regional parliament.

The Charter of Astrakhan Oblast is the fundamental law of the region. The Legislative Assembly of Astrakhan Oblast is the province's standing legislative (representative) body. The Legislative Assembly exercises its authority by passing laws, resolutions, and other legal acts and by supervising the implementation and observance of the laws and other legal acts passed by it. The highest executive body is the Oblast Administration, which includes territorial executive bodies such as district administrations, committees, and commissions that facilitate development and run the day to day matters of the province. The Oblast administration supports the activities of the Governor who is the highest official and acts as guarantor of the observance of the oblast Charter in accordance with the Constitution of Russia.

Administrative divisions[]

Astrakhan Oblast is divided into 11 rayons (districts) and 2 urban okrugs (circles). Together they include 6 towns, 7 urban-type settlements, and 151 selsoviets.

Urban Okrugs (Circles)

Coat of Arms Name of
Urban okrug
I Coat of Arms of Astrakhan.svg Astrakhan 208.70 532 504 1
II RUS Знаменск COA.gif Znamensk (closed town) 26 934 11

Relief Astrakhanskaya.png

RUS Ахтубинский район COA.jpg Akhtubinsk
RUS Володарский район COA.gif
RUS Енотаевский район COA.gif
RUS Икрянинский район COA.jpg
RUS Камызякский район COA.gif
Coat of Arms of Krasnoyarsky rayon (Astrakhan oblast).png
Krasnyi Yar
RUS Лиманский район COA.gif
RUS Наримановский район COA.gif
Coat of Arms of Privolzhsky rayon (Astrakhan oblast).png
RUS Харабалинский район COA.gif
Coat of Arms of Chyorny Yar rayon (Astrakhan oblast).png
Chyornyi Yar

Rayons (Districts):

Coat of Arms Name of rayon Area
'000 (2010)
'000 (2010)
1 RUS Ахтубинский район COA.jpg Akhtubinsk Rayon 7810.00 1 64 553 2 Akhtubinsk 37 883
2 RUS Володарский район COA.gif Volodarsky Rayon 3876.61 8 47 494 7 Volodarsky 10 136
3 RUS Енотаевский район COA.gif Yenotaevka Rayon 6296.80 3 25 785 12 Yenotaevka 7 616
4 RUS Икрянинский район COA.jpg Ikryanoe Rayon 1990.67 10 47 633 5 Ikryanoe 10 036
5 RUS Камызякский район COA.gif Kamyzyak Rayon 3490.00 9 47 562 6 Kamyzyak 16 077
6 Coat of Arms of Krasnoyarsky rayon (Astrakhan oblast).png Krasnyi Yar Rayon 5260.48 5 37 311 9 Krasnyi Yar, Astrakhan Oblast 12 214
7 RUS Лиманский район COA.gif Liman Rayon 5238.31 6 30 718 10 Liman, Astrakhan Oblast 8 661
8 RUS Наримановский район COA.gif Narimanov Rayon 6125.45 4 47 951 6 Narimanov, Astrakhan Oblast 11 118
9 Coat of Arms of Privolzhsky rayon (Astrakhan oblast).png Privlozhsky Rayon 840.90 11 50 308 3 Nachalovo 5 451
10 RUS Харабалинский район COA.gif Kharabali Rayon 7435.81 2 40 764 8 Kharabali 18 031
11 Coat of Arms of Chyorny Yar rayon (Astrakhan oblast).png Chyornyi Yar Rayon 4229.58 7 19 349 13 Chyornyi Yar 7 621


Volga Delta in Astrakhan Oblast

Bogdo-Baskunchak Nature Reserve in Astrakhan Oblast

Population: 1,010,073 (2010 Census);[10] 1,005,276 (2002 Census);[24] 998,114 (1989 Census).[25]

Ethnic groups

According to the 2010 Census, the ethnic composition was:[10]

  • Russian 67.6%
  • Kazakh 16.3%
  • Tatar 6.6%
  • Ukrainian 0.9%
  • Nogay 0.8%
  • Chechen 0.8%
  • Azeri 0.9%
  • Kalmyk 0.7%
  • Armenian 0.6%
  • Roma 0.6%
  • Avar 0.5%
  • Lezgin 0.5%
  • Dargin 0.5%
  • Belarusians 0.3%
  • Others 2.4%
  • 95,217 people were registered from administrative databases, and could not declare an ethnicity. It is estimated that the proportion of ethnicities in this group is the same as that of the declared group.[26]
  • Births (2008): 14,200 (14.2 per 1000)
  • Deaths (2008): 13,660 (13.6 per 1000) [1]
Vital statistics for 2012
  • Births: 15 304 (15.1 per 1000)
  • Deaths: 12 783 (12.6 per 1000) [27]
  • Total fertility rate:[28]

2009 - 1.77 | 2010 - 1.76 | 2011 - 1.78 | 2012 - 1.93 | 2013 - 1.91 | 2014 - 1.97 | 2015 - 1.97 | 2016 - 1.93(e)


Religion in Astrakhan Oblast as of 2012 (Sreda Arena Atlas)[29][30]
Russian Orthodoxy
Other Orthodox
Other Christians
Rodnovery and other native faiths
Spiritual but not religious
Atheism and irreligion
Other and undeclared

According to a 2012 survey[29] 46% of the population of Astrakhan Oblast adheres to the Russian Orthodox Church, 4% are Orthodox Christian believers who do not belong to any church or are members of other (non-Russian) Orthodox churches, 2% are unaffiliated generic Christians, 14% are Muslims, and 2% of the population adheres to the Slavic native faith (Rodnovery) or other folk religions of the region. In addition, 16% of the population declares to be spiritual but not religious, 6% is atheist, and 10% follows other religions or did not give an answer to the question.[29]

See also[]

  • Astrakhan Khanate
  • Music of Astrakhan
  • Elections in Astrakhan Oblast
  • List of Chairmen of the Astrakhan Oblast Duma


  1. ^ In 1963, with support from individuals in the Krasnodarnefteproekt, Nikolai Konstantinovich Baibakov received the Lenin Prize in technology for his discovery and development of gas-condensate fields. Later, as Chairman of Gosplan from October 2, 1965, to October 14, 1985, he actively pursued the development of gas condensate fields across the Soviet Union.


  1. ^ Article 8 of the Charter of Astrakhan Oblast states that the oblast may have an anthem, providing a law is adopted to that effect. As of 2014, no such law is in place.
  2. ^ Президент Российской Федерации. Указ №849 от 13 мая 2000 г. «О полномочном представителе Президента Российской Федерации в федеральном округе». Вступил в силу 13 мая 2000 г. Опубликован: "Собрание законодательства РФ", №20, ст. 2112, 15 мая 2000 г. (President of the Russian Federation. Decree #849 of May 13, 2000 On the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in a Federal District. Effective as of May 13, 2000.).
  3. ^ Госстандарт Российской Федерации. №ОК 024-95 27 декабря 1995 г. «Общероссийский классификатор экономических регионов. 2. Экономические районы», в ред. Изменения №5/2001 ОКЭР. (Gosstandart of the Russian Federation. #OK 024-95 December 27, 1995 Russian Classification of Economic Regions. 2. Economic Regions, as amended by the Amendment #5/2001 OKER. ).
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  6. ^ Charter of Astrakhan Oblast, Article 22
  7. ^ Official website of Astrakhan Oblast. Biography of Alexander Alexandrovich Zhilkin, the Governor of Astrakhan Oblast (Russian)
  8. ^ Charter of Astrakhan Oblast, Article 15
  9. ^ Федеральная служба государственной статистики (Federal State Statistics Service) (2004-05-21). "Территория, число районов, населённых пунктов и сельских администраций по субъектам Российской Федерации (Territory, Number of Districts, Inhabited Localities, and Rural Administration by Federal Subjects of the Russian Federation)" (in Russian). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года (All-Russia Population Census of 2002). Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
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  11. ^ The density value was calculated by dividing the population reported by the 2010 Census by the area shown in the "Area" field. Please note that this value may not be accurate as the area specified in the infobox is not necessarily reported for the same year as the population.
  12. ^ Astrakhan Oblast Territorial Branch of the Federal State Statistics Service. Население (Russian)
  13. ^ Правительство Российской Федерации. Постановление №725 от 31 августа 2011 г. «О составе территорий, образующих каждую часовую зону, и порядке исчисления времени в часовых зонах, а также о признании утратившими силу отдельных Постановлений Правительства Российской Федерации». Вступил в силу по истечении 7 дней после дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Российская Газета", №197, 6 сентября 2011 г. (Government of the Russian Federation. Resolution #725 of August 31, 2011 On the Composition of the Territories Included into Each Time Zone and on the Procedures of Timekeeping in the Time Zones, as Well as on Abrogation of Several Resolutions of the Government of the Russian Federation. Effective as of after 7 days following the day of the official publication.).
  14. ^ Official the whole territory of Russia according to Article 68.1 of the Constitution of Russia.
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  17. ^ Nordyke, Milo D. (July 24, 1996). The Soviet Program for Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Explosions. pp. 36-9. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "Gazprom Dobycha Astrakhan". Gazprom. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  19. ^ Borg, I.Y. (1982). "Underground nuclear explosions at Astrakhan, USSR". IAEA. Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (USA). Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  20. ^ "USSR: Astrakhn Natural Gas Project". CIA. December 3, 1982. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  21. ^ Kondratyev, А.Н.; Molodih, G.H.; Razmishlyaev, A.A. (January 13, 1982). "Особенности формирования Астраханского газоконденсатного месторождения" (in Russian). Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Астраханская область. Объект "Вега" готовят к консервации." (in Russian). November 27, 2003. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  23. ^ Yablokov, Alexei Vladimirovich. "Миф о безопасности и эффективности мирных подземных ядерных взрывов" (in Russian). Yabloko. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек [Population of Russia, its federal districts, federal subjects, districts, urban localities, rural localities—administrative centers, and rural localities with population of over 3,000]" (in Russian). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года (All-Russia Population Census of 2002). Federal State Statistics Service. May 21, 2004. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  25. ^ Demoscope Weekly (1989). "Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 г. Численность наличного населения союзных и автономных республик, автономных областей и округов, краёв, областей, районов, городских поселений и сёл-райцентров. [All Union Population Census of 1989. Present population of union and autonomous republics, autonomous oblasts and okrugs, krais, oblasts, districts, urban settlements, and villages serving as district administrative centers]" (in Russian). Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 года (All-Union Population Census of 1989). Institute of Demographics of the State University—Higher School of Economics. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
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  27. ^
  28. ^
  29. ^ a b c "Arena: Atlas of Religions and Nationalities in Russia". Sreda, 2012.
  30. ^ 2012 Arena Atlas Religion Maps. "Ogonek", № 34 (5243), 27/08/2012. Retrieved 21/04/2017. Archived.


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  • Президиум Верховного Совета СССР. Указ от 27 декабря 1943 г. «О ликвидации Калмыцкой АССР и образовании Астраханской области в составе РСФСР». (Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Decree of December 27, 1943 On Abolishing the Kalmyk ASSR and Establishing Astrakhan Oblast Within the RSFSR. ).

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