Kursk Oblast
Курская область (Russian)
—  Oblast  —


Coat of arms
Anthem: none[1]
Coordinates: 51°45′N 36°01′E / 51.75, 36.017Coordinates: 51°45′N 36°01′E / 51.75, 36.017
Political status
Country Russia
Federal district Central[2]
Economic region Central Black Earth[3]
Established June 13, 1934[4]
Administrative center Kursk
Government (as of November 2015)
 - Governor[5] Alexander Mikhaylov
 - Legislature Oblast Duma[5]
Area (as of the 2002 Census)[6]
 - Total 29,800 km2 (11,505.8 sq mi)
Area rank 65th
Population (2010 Census)[7]
 - Total 1,127,081
 - Rank 46th
 - Density[8] 37.82 /km2 (98.0 /sq mi)
 - Urban 65.2%
 - Rural 34.8%
Population (January 2015 est.)1,117,378 inhabitants[9]
Time zone(s) MSK (UTC+04:00)[10]
ISO 3166-2 RU-KRS
License plates 46
Official languages Russian[11]
Official website

Kursk Oblast (Russian: Курская область, tr. Kurskaya oblast, IPA: [ˈkurskəjə ˈobləsʲtʲ]) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast). Its administrative center is the city of Kursk. Population: 1,127,081 (2010 Census).[7]


The oblast occupies the southern slopes of the middle-Russian plateau, and its average elevation is 177–225 meters (580–738 ft). The surface is hilly and intersected by ravines. The central part of Kursk oblast is more elevated than the Seym Valley to the west. The Timsko-Shchigrinsky ridge contains the highest point in the oblast at 288 meters (945 ft) above the sea level. The low relief, gentler slopes, and mild winter make the area suitable for farming, and much of the forest has been cleared.

The chernozem soils cover around 70% of the oblast's territory; podsol soils cover 26%.


Internal: Bryansk Oblast (NW) (border-line length: 120 km), Oryol Oblast (N, 325 km), Lipetsk Oblast (NE, 65 km), Voronezh Oblast (E, 145 km), Belgorod Oblast (S, 335 km).

International: Sumy Oblast of Ukraine (W, 245 km).


Kursk Oblast contributes to two major drainage areas: the Dnieper River and the Don River (78% and 22% respectively). There are 902 rivers and streams in the oblast, with their total length of approximately 8,000 kilometers (5,000 mi). Major rivers are the Seym and the Psyol.


The inland waters of Kursk oblast consist of 145 artificial lakes and about 550 small ponds.

Natural resources[]

Welcome sign upon entry into Kursk Oblast

Kursk Oblast is one of the nation's major producers of iron ore. The area of Kursk Magnetic Anomaly has one of the richest iron-ore deposits in the world. Also, rare earths and base metals occur in commercial quantities in several locations. Refractory loam, mineral sands, and chalk are quarried and processed in the region. Oblast's sufficient reserves of artesian well water are proving useful for medical purposes.


The oblast's location at the center of the European part of Russia gives the region a medium continental climate: warm summers and relatively mild winters. In July, the average daytime high temperature is +19.3 °C (66.7 °F). In January the average high is −8.6 °C (17 °F). The average number of frost-free days ranges from 150 in the north to 160 in the south. The growing season in Kursk Oblast varies, from 180 days in the north to 195 days in the southwest. The average annual precipitation for the oblast is 584 millimeters (23.0 in), but it ranges from 634 millimeters (25.0 in) in the northwest, to about 500 millimeters (20 in) or less in the southeastern corner. The maximum of the rain falls during June and July. The snow depth in Kursk Oblast differs considerably, from 300–400 mm (12–16 in) in the north of the oblast, to 150–250 mm (6–10 in) in the south. Annual sunshine is 1775 hours.

Flora and fauna[]

Kursk Oblast is a part of the Eastern European forest-steppe. One-quarter of Kursk oblast was once heavily wooded. Hardwood timbers included oak, ash, and elm. Now forests cover only 10% of the oblast. Animals native to the area are numerous. Pike, bleak, and perch are abundant in local rivers. Otter and badger, as well as wild boar, red deer, and roe deer remain numerous in many parts of the area.

Administrative divisions[]

The oblast is administratively divided into five cities and towns under the oblast's jurisdiction (Zheleznogorsk, Kursk, Kurchatov, Lgov, and Shchigry), twenty-eight rayons.[12] Another five towns (Kargopol, Mezen, Nyandoma, Shenkursk, Solvychegodsk, and Velsk) have the status of the towns of rayon significance.

Urban Okrugs (Circles)

Coat of Arms Name of
Urban okrug
I Coat of Arms of Zheleznogorsk (Kursk oblast).png Zheleznegorsk 112.03 100 671
II Kursk COA (Kursk Governorate) (1780).png Kursk 190.75 449 063
III Coat of Arms of Kurchatov (Kursk oblast).png Kurchatov 60.40 38 776
IV Lgov COA (Kursk Governorate) (1780).png Lgov 37.40 19 176
V Shchigry COA (Kursk Governorate) (1780).png Shchigry 21.00 15 540

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Coat of Arms of Bolshesoldatsky rayon (Kursk oblast).png
Coat of Arms of Glushkovo rayon (Kursk oblast).png
Coat of Arms of Gorshechnoe rayon (Kursk oblast).png Gorshechnoe
Dmitriev COA (Kursk Governorate) (1780).png
Coat of Arms of Zheleznogorsk rayon (Kursk oblast).png

Coat of Arms of Zolotukhino rayon (Kursk oblast) new.png
Coat of Arms of Kastornoe rayon (Kursk oblast).png
Coat of Arms of Konyshevka rayon (Kursk oblast).png
Coat of Arms of Korenevo rayon (Kursk oblast).png
Coat of Arms of Kursk rayon (Kursk oblast).png
Coat of Arms of Kurchatov rayon (Kursk oblast).png
/ Kurchatov
Coat of Arms of Manturovo rayon (Kursk oblast).png Manturovo
Coat of Arms of Medvensky rayon (Kursk oblast).pngMedvenka
Coat of Arms of Oktyabrsky rayon (Kursk oblast).png
Coat of Arms of Ponyri rayon (Kursk oblast).png
Coat of Arms of Rylsk rayon (Kursk oblast).pngRylsk
Coat of Arms of Solntsevo rayon (Kursk oblast).pngSolntsevo
Coat of Arms of Sudzhansky rayon (Kursk oblast).png Sudzha
Gerb-Timsky-region.jpg Tim
Coat of Arms of Fatezhsky rayon (Kursk oblast).png
Coat of Arms of Khomutovsky rayon (Kursk oblast).png

Rayons (Districts):

Coat of Arms Name of rayon Area
'000 (2018)
'000 (2010)
1 Coat Belovsky rajon Kurskaya oblast.gif Belaya Rayon 950.63 20 15 369 15 Belaya 2 829
2 Coat of Arms of Bolshesoldatsky rayon (Kursk oblast).png Bolshoye Soldatskoye Rayon 810.59 25 10 998 22 Bolshoye Soldatskoye 2 681
3 Coat of Arms of Glushkovo rayon (Kursk oblast).png Glushkov Rayon 850.51 22 19 139 7 Glushkovo 4 657
4 Coat of Arms of Gorshechnoe rayon (Kursk oblast).png Gorshechnoe Rayon 1385.87 3 15 609 13 Gorshechnoe 5 497
5 Dmitriev COA (Kursk Governorate) (1780).png Dmitriyev Rayon 1269.54 4 14 464 18 Dmitriyev 6 619
6 Coat of Arms of Zheleznogorsk rayon (Kursk oblast).png Zheleznogorsk Rayon 991.03 18 15 564 14 Zheleznogorsk
7 Coat of Arms of Zolotukhino rayon (Kursk oblast) new.png Zolotukhino Rayon 1157.29 10 21 413 6 [[Zolotukhino] 4579
8 Coat of Arms of Kastornoe rayon (Kursk oblast).png Kastornoye Rayon 1225.00 7 14 877 17 Krastornoye 4 711
9 Coat of Arms of Konyshevka rayon (Kursk oblast).png Konyshyovka Rayon 1134.81 11 8 525 28 Konyshyovka 3478
10 Coat of Arms of Korenevo rayon (Kursk oblast).png Korenevo Rayon 871.75 23 16 052 14 Korenevo 5483
11 Coat of Arms of Kursk rayon (Kursk oblast).png Kursk Rayon 1657.00 1 57 720 1 Kursk -
12 Coat of Arms of Kurchatov rayon (Kursk oblast).png Kurchatov Rayon 621.48 28 18 544 8 Kurchatov -
13 Gerb-Lgovsky-region.gif Lgov Rayon 1029.54 14 11 657 21 Lgov 20 143
14 Coat of Arms of Manturovo rayon (Kursk oblast).png Manturovo Rayon 1016.96 16 12 164 20 Manturovo 2767
15 Coat of Arms of Medvensky rayon (Kursk oblast).png Medvenka Rayon 1080.15 12 16 474 11 Medvenka 4 667
16 Coat of Arms of Oboyansky rayon (Kursk oblast).png Oboyan Rayon 1026.50 15 29 577 3 Oboyan 13 413
17 Coat of Arms of Oktyabrsky rayon (Kursk oblast).png Oktyabrsky Rayon 628.01 27 24 477 5 Pryamitsyno 5 395
18 Coat of Arms of Ponyri rayon (Kursk oblast).png Ponyri Rayon 672.78 26 10 794 23 Ponyri 4 737
19 Gerb-Pristensky-region.gif Pristen Rayon 1001.22 17 15 317 16 Pristen 5 122
20 Coat of Arms of Rylsk rayon (Kursk oblast).png Rylsk Rayon 1505.02 2 31 184 2 Rylsk 16 319
21 Coat of Arms of Sovetsky rayon (Kursk oblast).png Sovetsky Rayon 1201.34 8 16 837 10 Kshensky 5 540
22 Coat of Arms of Solntsevo rayon (Kursk oblast).png Solntsevo Rayon 1051.77 13 13 379 19 Solntsevo 4 847
23 Coat of Arms of Sudzhansky rayon (Kursk oblast).png Sudzha Rayon 994.73 19 26 689 4 Sudzha 5 738
24 Gerb-Timsky-region.jpg Tim Rayon 882.21 21 10 767 24 Tim 3 003
25 Coat of Arms of Fatezhsky rayon (Kursk oblast).png Fatezh Rayon 1268.58 5 17 880 9 Shenkursk 4 847
26 Coat of Arms of Khomutovsky rayon (Kursk oblast).png Khomutovka Rayon 1194.91 9 8 914 27 Khomutovka 3 579
27 40px Cheremisinovo Rayon 813.03 24 8 995 26 Cheremisinovo 3382
28 KurskShigryGerbRj.gif Shchigry Rayon 1265.36 6 9 974 25 Shchigry 4 847


Population: 1,127,081 (2010 Census);[7] 1,235,091 (2002 Census);[13] 1,339,414 (1989 Census).[14]

  • Births: 13 318 (11.9 per 1000)
  • Deaths: 18 529 (16.6 per 1000) [15]
  • Total fertility rate:[16]

2009 - 1.53 | 2010 - 1.55 | 2011 - 1.61 | 2012 - 1.70 | 2013 - 1.67 | 2014 - 1.70 | 2015 - 1.72 | 2016 - 1.64(e)

Ethnic composition (2010):[7]

  • Russians - 96.5%
  • Ukrainians - 1.3%
  • Armenians - 0.5%
  • Others - 1.7%
  • 52,722 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.[17]

According to the 1897 census, there were 77.3% Russians and 22.3% Ukrainians in the Kursk Governorate.[18] The 1932 forced end to Ukrainization in southern Russia (Soviet Republic) led to a massive decline of reported Ukrainians in these regions in the 1937 Soviet Census compared to the 1926 First All-Union Census of the Soviet Union.[19]

The annual growth rate of the oblast's population is negative; death rate exceeds overall birth rates and immigration.


Religion in Kursk Oblast as of 2012 (Sreda Arena Atlas)[20][21]
Russian Orthodoxy
Old Believers
Other Christians
Spiritual but not religious
Atheism and irreligion
Other and undeclared

According to a 2012 survey[20] 68.7% of the population of Kursk Oblast adheres to the Russian Orthodox Church. In addition, 24% of the population declares to be "spiritual but not religious", 4% is atheist, and 3.3% follows other religions or did not give an answer to the question.[20]


Migration of borders of Kursk Oblast in 1934—1954

Although territory of Kursk Oblast had been populated since the end of the last Ice Age, information about the area was scanty until 1596 when the Kursk stronghold was built. The Kursk Oblast was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania under the Jagiellonian dynasty. It was lost in the Muscovite–Lithuanian Wars to the Duchy of Moscow. A real growth of the area around Kursk began soon after that, with a large migration from Central Russia after famine in the beginning of the 17th century. Between 1708 and 1719, Kursk was a part of the newly created Kiev Governorate. From 1719 to 1727 it was a part of Belgorod province of Kiev Governorate. Later Kursk uyezd was a part of Belgorod Governorate. On May 23, 1779, Kursk Governorate was established. The latter subdivision existed until 1928, when the territory of Kursk Governorate became a part of Central Black Earth Oblast. As Central Chernozem Oblast was very large its administration was very difficult, on June 13, 1934 it was divided into two oblasts: Kursk Oblast and Voronezh Oblast. In the period between 1934 and 1954, oblasts' borders were frequently adjusted. However, the area and borders of the oblast have remained stable from 1954.

During World War II, the territory of Kursk Oblast was occupied by the German troops from fall of 1941 until summer of 1943. The Battle of Kursk, which was one of the major battles of World War II, took place in the region between July 5 and August 23, 1943.


Kursk Oblast Duma seat, June 2012

During the Soviet period, the high authority in the oblast was shared between three persons: The first secretary of the Kursk 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 Kursk Oblast is the fundamental law of the region. The Kursk Oblast Duma 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 Government, 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.

The center-right pro-government United Russia Party and the left Communist Party of the Russian Federation are Kursk Oblast's major political parties. Traditionally, the Communist Party is the strongest in the Oblast's rural area.



The oblast's industrial production dropped rapidly during the 1990s, as an industrial crisis was stimulated by the nationwide economic crisis which followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, by the end of the decade output was increasing. Moreover, the manufacturing sector, despite a sagging economy in the late 20th century, continues to account for about 40% of the oblast's GDP. The engineering, electric-power, metal-working, chemicals, and food processing are the dominant industries.


Most of the main farming areas are used for natural pastures or cultivation, which involves mainly wheat, sugar beet, and fodder crops. The main categories of productive holdings are wheat farms, dairy farms, poultry farms, and beef cattle. Agricultural lands cover 23,000 square kilometers (8,900 sq mi), or 77% of the oblast's territory.


Transportation industry of Kursk Oblast, with easy access to national and international markets, is the basis for the oblast's development. The most important modes of transport throughout the oblast are by railway and road. Total length of railway network is 1,100 kilometers (680 mi). Two major rail links pass through Kursk Oblast: Moscow–Kharkiv and KievVoronezh. Region roads serve all towns and rural settlements through 5,600 kilometers (3,500 mi) road network. In addition, there is an airport in the oblast which was opened to international flights in July 1997.


Railroads are one on the most important component parts of the transportation system in the oblast. There is a total of sixty-five railway stations in the oblast. The operational length of the railways is 1,561.2 kilometers (970.1 mi), of which 500 kilometers (310 mi) are access roads. The length of the electrified lines is 242 kilometers (150 mi). The density of the railroads in Kursk Oblast is one of the highest in Russia. The largest railway junctions are Kursk, Lgov, and Kastornoye. Oblast's railroads are a part of the Moscow and South Eastern Railway systems.


An Orthodox monastery where Our Lady of Kursk used to be located

The largest universities of Kursk Oblast is Kursk State University, Kursk State Technical University, Kursk State Medical University and Kursk State Agricultural Academy which are located in the city of Kursk. There are also 19 other higher education facilities in Kursk Oblast.


Kursk Oblast's natural attraction is the Central Black Earth Nature Reserve, which offers great opportunity for hiking. Oblast's forests and others undeveloped areas are ideal for hunting, fishing, and camping. Traditional art and architecture are preserved in the town-museum of Rylsk and others historical towns of Kursk Oblast.

See also[]

  • List of Chairmen of the Kursk Oblast Duma



  1. ^ Article 1 of the Charter of Kursk Oblast states that the symbols of the oblast include a flag and a coat of arms, but not an anthem.
  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.).
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  11. ^ Official the whole territory of Russia according to Article 68.1 of the Constitution of Russia.
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