Omsk Oblast

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Omsk Oblast
Омская область
Anthem: Anthem of Omsk Oblast
Map of Russia - Omsk Oblast.svg
Coordinates: 56°13′N73°16′E / 56.217°N 73.267°E / 56.217; 73.267 Coordinates: 56°13′N73°16′E / 56.217°N 73.267°E / 56.217; 73.267
CountryRussia
Federal district Siberian [1]
Economic region West Siberian [2]
Established7 December 1934
Administrative center Omsk
Government
  Body Legislative Assembly
   Governor Alexander Burkov [3]
Area
[4]
  Total139,700 km2 (53,900 sq mi)
Area rank 28th
Population
 (2010 Census) [5]
  Total1,977,665
  Estimate 
(2018) [6]
1,960,081 (−0.9%)
  Rank 24th
  Density14/km2 (37/sq mi)
   Urban
71.5%
   Rural
28.5%
Time zone UTC+6 (MSK+3   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg [7] )
ISO 3166 code RU-OMS
License plates 55
OKTMO ID52000000
Official languagesRussian [8]
Website http://www.omskportal.ru/

Omsk Oblast (Russian : О́мская о́бласть, Omskaya oblast) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast), located in southwestern Siberia. The oblast has an area of 139,700 square kilometers (53,900 sq mi). Its population is 1,977,665 (2010 Census) [5] with the majority, 1.15 million, living in Omsk, the administrative center.

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The oblast borders with Tyumen Oblast in the north and west, Novosibirsk and Tomsk Oblasts in the east, and with Kazakhstan in the south.

Geography

Omsk Oblast shares borders with Kazakhstan (North Kazakhstan Region and Pavlodar Region) to the south, Tyumen Oblast in the west and Novosibirsk Oblast and Tomsk Oblast in the east. It is included in the Siberian Federal District.

The territory stretches for 600 km (370 mi) from north to south and 300 km (190 mi) from west to east. The main water artery is the Irtysh River and its tributaries the Ishim, Om, Osha, and Tara Rivers. The region is located in the West Siberian Plain, consisting of mostly flat terrain. In the south is the steppe, gradually turning into steppe, forest and swampy taiga to the north. The soil is sandy and silty. Along the Irtysh River, in t. N. Irtysh region, there is a "oasis" microclimate, with a wooded landscape and gullies. There, the most fertile land in the region can be found. The Omsk region contains many lakes: Sultan, Tennis, Ik, Ebeyty, Ulzhan, Tobol-Cushla.

The highest elevation in the Omsk region - about 150 m (490 ft) Upland village, the lowest elevation is the water's edge on the Irtysh - 41 metres (135 ft), near the village of Little Beach. [ clarification needed ]

The property is located in Omsk region 28 specially protected natural territories of regional destinations. Including parks in Bolshereche and Omsk ("Bird's harbor"). [ clarification needed ]

Climate

The oblast has a classic continental climate, with cold, snowy winters and hot, dry summers. Average January temperatures range from −42 to −30 °C (−44 to −22 °F). Average July temperatures range from 25 to 28 °C (77 to 82 °F) and can reach up to 35 °C (95 °F) and even 40 °C (104 °F). Annual rainfall averages 300–400 mm (12–16 in). Sunny days predominate.

The southern plains have notably longer and warmer summers and a delayed onset of freezing temperatures. They are also significantly drier than the northern forests, receiving only 250–300 mm (9.8–11.8 in) precipitation annually. Winters, however, are as severe on the plains as they are further north. Spring rains are rare, but late spring freezes are not. The early part of the summer is frequently dominated by hot, dry southern winds.

Ecology

As of 1 February 2016, on the territory of the Omsk region, there are 35 areas that have the status of protected areas (PAs), regional and local importance.

History

Prehistory and the Middle Ages

Archeological findings indicate that the present day territory of the oblast has been inhabited for the last 14,000 years. Neolithic societies in the area lived by fishing and hunting. About three thousand years ago, pastoralism began to take hold. Ust'-Ishim man, the remains of a man that lived 45,000 years ago, was discovered in Omsk Oblast.

Various Turkic states dominated the area throughout the Medieval era. The most notable of these were the Western Turkic Khaganate and the Siberian Khanate. Siberian Tatars, Mongols, Khanty and Mansi tribes, along with others, inhabited the territory.

Exploration of Siberia

The Russian history of Omsk began with the 1584 arrival of a Cossack force under the command of ataman Yermak, who defeated local rulers and established nominal Russian control of the area. To support further expansion tsars Feodor I and Boris Godunov initiated the construction of fortified settlements and military outposts in the south of Siberia in order to defend their subjects from raiding nomadic tribesmen and to exert authority over local populations, specifically over the tribute-paying Siberian Tatars of The Baraba Lands. The first permanent Russian settlement in the region, the city of Tara, was founded in 1594, soon it began to play an important part in fur trade that connected Russia with Central Asia and China.

In 1716 a fortress was constructed at the confluence of the Om and Irtysh rivers on the orders of sublieutenant Ivan Bugholtz. The fortress would form the nucleus for the development of the future city of Omsk. By the second half of the 18th century, Omsk fortress was the largest building of any kind in the eastern part of Russia.

As Russian settlements continued to spread through the Yenisei, Tobol and Irtysh watersheds in the course of the 18th century, so did the development of the Omsk and the surrounding region. In 1753 a customs post was established to tax goods brought into the city by the ever-increasing trade with Kazakh tribesmen. In 1764, when he Siberian provinces of Russia were organized into two governorates with centers in Irkutsk and Tobolsk, the city of Tara and the fortress of Omsk were assigned to the latter. In 1780, on the orders of Catherine the Great the fortress was transferred to Kolyvan Oblast. By this time Omsk had grown to the size of a small city, however, from 1797 to 1804 it did not possess its own uyezd.

Russian Empire

In 1804, the territories surrounding Omsk were organized into the Omsk Okrug. The city rose to prominence when Siberia was once again reorganized in 1822, Omsk became the administrative center of the General Governorate of Eastern Siberia rising above the old center of Siberia, Tobolsk. The new governorate was divided into oblasts around the cities of Omsk, Petropavlovsk, Semipalatinsk and Ust-Kamenogrsk populated by Russian colonists and okrugs populated by Kazakh nomads. In subsequent reforms the name of the Oblast was changed repeatedly to The Oblast of The Siberian Kyrgyz (1854), Akmolinsk Oblast (1868), and Omsk Oblast (1917) before finally reverting to the Omsk Governorate in 1918. The authority of the oblast followed further expansion of the empire to Central Asia and included significant parts of modern-day Kazakhstan.

In the 19th century, Omsk, given its strong system of frontier fortresses, became notorious as a premier destination for political exiles and prisoners from the European part of the Russian Empire. Decembrists, Polish rebels, French prisoners of war and political activists of every stripe found their way to Siberia. Among them was Fyodor Dostoyevsky, who spent four years (1850–1854) at the Omsk prison. [9]

The early nineteenth century also saw the growth of industry in the city and in the rest of the Irtysh basin. The Siberian Cossack Army was headquartered in Omsk after 1808 and contributed to the development of the city, by the beginning of the 20th century the Cossacks were a dominant component in the society of both the city of Omsk and the surrounding lands, having reached a population of 174 thousand and holding title to five million hectares of agricultural land. The 18th and 19th centuries also saw the influx of a significant number of German immigrants both from Russia's Volga Regions and from abroad.

Soviet Years

In 1925 the Omsk governorate was dissolved into the newly formed Siberian Krai and again reorganized, this time as an Oblast by order of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee on 7 December 1934. Parts of the Ob-Irtysh Oblast and the West Siberian Krai as well as the southern part of Chelyabinsk Oblast were given over to Omsk. In 1943, Kurgan Oblast created from the western portion of the Chelyabinsk Oblast also got a number of Omsk territories. In 1944, the northern part of the Omsk Oblast along with the districts previously transferred to Kurgan became newly established Tyumen Oblast that included Khanty-Mansi and Yamalo-Nenets autonomous okrugs.

The 1950s saw the creation of the petroleum processing industry, as well as the development of various high-technology facilities that came to define the economy of the Oblast for the remainder of the century.

Post-Soviet era

With the dissolution of the Soviet Union the oblast became part of the newly independent Russian Federation. The independence of the Union Republic of Kazakhstan gave Omsk an international border to the south, while continued federal policy aiming to rectify the effects of Stalin Era population transfers a national German district created an area with a significant, although not a dominant, German population around the town of Azovo. On 19 May 1996 Omsk Oblast signed a power-sharing agreement with the federal government, granting it autonomy. [10] This agreement would be abolished on 21 December 2001. [11]

Politics

During the Soviet period, the high authority in the oblast was shared between three persons: The first secretary of the Omsk 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 politics in the oblast is governed by the Charter of Omsk Oblast. The laws within the authority of the oblast are passed by the Legislative Assembly of Omsk Oblast which is the legislative (representative) body. The highest executive body is the Omsk Oblast Administration. It also includes the executive bodies of the subdivisions such as districts, and is responsible for the daily administration. The Oblast administration supports the activities of the Governor who is the head of the oblast and acts as guarantor of the observance of the Charter in accordance with the Constitution of Russia.

Administrative divisions

Economy

As of 2008, Omsk Oblast is the 23rd largest economy in Russia, with a gross regional product of 10.2 billion dollars.

The economy of Omsk Oblast is heavily industrial, with well developed, and growing, service and financial sectors. Agriculture represents a smaller, but still significant, portion of the economy.

Economic activity is concentrated in Omsk, with over sixty-six thousand private enterprises registered, ranging from small-scale retailers to billion-dollar manufacturing. [12]

Omsk was ranked by Forbes as the 6th-best city in Russia for business in 2008, an improvement over its 20th-place ranking the previous year. [13]

The oblast and city governments have made efforts to improve the business climate and foster small enterprise through various incentives and government programs designed to ease the bureaucratic red-tape, a notorious feature of Russian business life, and to generate cooperation within the business community. [14]

The bulk of industrial output, as of 2009, is concentrated in food and tobacco processing ($900 million), hydrocarbon processing ($6.7 billion), chemical manufacturing ($500 m), plastics manufacturing ($200 m) and the manufacture of electrical components ($280 m). The remainder of the economy is dominated by the retail sector and agriculture.

The largest industrial enterprises include the aerospace manufacturer Polyot, the Omsk Aggregate Plant, the agricultural manufacturer Sibzavod, Omsk Baranov Motorworks, and Omsktransmash, which manufactures the T-80 main battle tank. Additionally, Omsk Rubber, the Technical Hydrocarbon Plant, Omsk-Polymer and Omsk Hydrocarbon Processing Plant, represent the petroleum and hydrocarbon industry. Omsk Hydrocarbon is one of the most important oil refineries in Russia. [15]

The oblast operates four thermal power plants, which makes it largely self-sufficient from the standpoint of energy generation.

Agricultural production is concentrated in the Isil'rul'skii District and produces wheat, barley, flax, sunflower, potato, various fruits and vegetables as well as meat, poultry and dairy products.

The food processing sector includes several breweries, a distillery and numerous food packaging enterprises.

Demographics

Population: 1,977,665(2010 Census); [5] 2,692,251(2002 Census); [16] 2,782,005(1989 Census). [17]

Vital statistics for 2012

2009 - 1.58 | 2010 - 1.60 | 2011 - 1.66 | 2012 - 1.86 | 2013 - 1.87 | 2014 - 1.95 | 2015 - 1.91 | 2016 - 1.81(e)

According to the 2010 Census, the ethnic composition was: [5]

According to Russia's 2002 Census, Omsk Oblast has one of the lowest birth rates in Siberia. However, birth rates remain higher than the average in heavily German districts - Azovsky Nemetsky National District (24% German), Moskalensky, Poltavsky (22% Ukrainian & 11% German) and Isilkulsky (8% German), even as significant emigration to Germany acts to reduce the overall birth rate. [21] In 2009, the lowest death rate was recorded for Azovsky German National Raion (9.4 per 1000) and the highest birth rate was recorded for Moskalenskom (17.0 per 1000), Isilkulskom (15.2), Maryanovsky (15.8), Pavlogradski (15.8), Tevrizskom (16.6), Ust-Ishim (15.4) and Sherbakulskom (16.2). Regions with the highest population growth were Moskalensky area (5.5 ppm), Azovsky German National Raion (4.8 ppm), Sherbakulsky (3.8 ppm) and Pavlogradskij (3.2 ppm). [22]

Raion (2007)PopBirthsDeathsNGBRDRNGR
Omsk Oblast2,020,00023,62729,578 -5,95111.714.6 -0.29%
Omsk 1,130,00011,85715,599-3,74210.513.8-0.33%
Azovsky Nemetsky National District 22,5003272458214.510.90.36%
Bolsherechensky District 32,400393519-12612.116-0.39%
Bolsheukovsky District 8,800125160-3514.218.1-0.39%
Gorkovsky23,400295366-7112.615.7-0.31%
Znamensky13,400195213-1814.615.9-0.13%
Isilkulsky46,700681715-3414.615.3-0.07%
Kalachinsky44,700506754-24811.316.9-0.56%
Kolosovsky14,900184240-5612.416.1-0.37%
Kormilovsky25,800352447-9513.617.3-0.37%
Krutinsky20,000248343-9512.417.1-0.47%
Lyubinsky41,900590750-16014.117.9-0.38%
Maryanovsky27,300423444-2115.516.3-0.08%
Moskalensky32,2005054604515.714.30.14%
Muromtsevsky26,100271542-27110.420.8-1.04%
Nazyvayevsky28,500350465-11512.316.3-0.40%
Nizhneomsky18,600247277-3013.314.9-0.16%
Novovarshavsky26,7003363251112.612.20.04%
Odessky18,2002602312914.312.70.16%
Okoneshnikovsky16,700194247-5311.614.8-0.32%
Omsky91,8001,1461,326-18012.514.4-0.19%
Pavlogradsky20,600292292014.214.20.00%
Poltavsky24,000328320813.713.30.04%
Russko-Polyansky22,800314344-3013.715.1-0.14%
Sargatsky21,800279364-8512.816.7-0.39%
Sedelnikovsky11,900153205-5212.917.3-0.44%
Tavrichesky39,200519579-6013.214.8-0.16%
Tarsky48,000585839-25412.217.5-0.53%
Tevrizsky17,200270305-3515.617.7-0.21%
Tyukalinsky29,500357472-11512.116-0.39%
Ust-Ishimsky15,200192289-9712.618.9-0.63%
Cherlaksky34,700506562-5614.616.2-0.16%
Sherbakulsky24,500347339814.213.80.04%

Ethnic Russian birth rate in the province is significantly lower than that of the ethnic Kazakhs (by 50%) and that of ethnic Germans (by 20%), according to the 2002 Census.

Religion

Religion in Omsk Oblast as of 2012 (Sreda Arena Atlas) [23] [24]
Russian Orthodoxy
35.7%
Catholic
0.5%
Other Christians
3.3%
Islam
2.7%
Rodnovery and other native faiths
0.6%
Spiritual but not religious
39.1%
Atheism and irreligion
13%
Other and undeclared
5.1%

According to a 2012 survey [23] 35.7% of the population of Omsk Oblast adheres to the Russian Orthodox Church, 3% are unaffiliated generic Christians, 2% adheres to Islam, 1% to the Slavic native faith (Rodnovery), 0.5% to the Catholic Church. In addition, 39% of the population declares to be "spiritual but not religious", 13% is atheist, and 5.8% follows other religions or did not give an answer to the question. [23]

Sister relationships

See also

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Isilkul Town in Omsk Oblast, Russia

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Nazyvayevsk Town in Omsk Oblast, Russia

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Sedelnikovsky District District in Omsk Oblast, Russia

Sedelnikovsky District is an administrative and municipal district (raion), one of the thirty-two in Omsk Oblast, Russia. It is located in the east of the oblast. The area of the district is 5,200 square kilometers (2,000 sq mi). Its administrative center is the rural locality of Sedelnikovo. Population: 10,943 ; 12,211 (2002 Census); 12,890 (1989 Census). The population of Sedelnikovo accounts for 48.6% of the district's total population.

Azovsky Nemetsky National District District in Omsk Oblast, Russia

Azovsky Nemetsky (German) National District is an administrative and municipal district (raion), one of the thirty-two in Omsk Oblast, Russia. It is located in the south of the oblast. The area of the district is 1,400 square kilometers (540 sq mi). Its administrative center is the rural locality of Azovo. In the Russian Census of 2010, the population was 22,925. The population of Azovo accounts for 26.2% of the district's total population.

Bolsherechensky District District in Omsk Oblast, Russia

Bolsherechensky District is an administrative and municipal district (raion), one of the thirty-two in Omsk Oblast, Russia. It is located in the center of the oblast. The area of the district is 4,300 square kilometers (1,700 sq mi). Its administrative center is the urban locality of Bolsherechye. Population: 28,486 ; 34,037 (2002 Census); 36,726 (1989 Census). The population of Bolsherechye accounts for 39.6% of the district's total population.

Cherlaksky District District in Omsk Oblast, Russia

Cherlaksky District is an administrative and municipal district (raion), one of the thirty-two in Omsk Oblast, Russia. It is in the southeast of the oblast. The area of the district is 4,200 square kilometers (1,600 sq mi). Its administrative center is the urban locality of Cherlak. Population: 30,344 ; 36,356 (2002 Census); 36,662 (1989 Census). The population of the administrative center accounts for 36.2% of the district's total population.

Gorkovsky District District in Omsk Oblast, Russia

Gorkovsky District is an administrative and municipal district (raion), one of the thirty-two in Omsk Oblast, Russia. It is located in the eastern central part of the oblast. The area of the district is 3,000 square kilometers (1,200 sq mi). Its administrative center is the urban locality of Gorkovskoye. Population: 20,807 ; 24,718 (2002 Census); 28,038 (1989 Census). The population of Gorkovskoye accounts for 25.8% of the district's total population.

Moskalensky District District in Omsk Oblast, Russia

Moskalensky District is an administrative and municipal district (raion), one of the thirty-two in Omsk Oblast, Russia. It is located in the southwest of the oblast. The area of the district is 2,500 square kilometers (970 sq mi). Its administrative center is the urban locality of Moskalenki. Population: 28,968 ; 32,053 (2002 Census); 33,611 (1989 Census). The population of Moskalenki accounts for 32.1% of the district's total population.

Nizhneomsky District District in Omsk Oblast, Russia

Nizhneomsky District is an administrative and municipal district (raion), one of the thirty-two in Omsk Oblast, Russia. It is located in the east of the oblast. The area of the district is 3,400 square kilometers (1,300 sq mi). Its administrative center is the rural locality of Nizhnyaya Omka. Population: 15,826 ; 19,766 (2002 Census); 21,779 (1989 Census). The population of the administrative center accounts for 30.5% of the district's total population.

Pavlogradsky District District in Omsk Oblast, Russia

Pavlogradsky District is an administrative and municipal district (raion), one of the thirty-two in Omsk Oblast, Russia. It is located in the south of the oblast. The area of the district is 2,500 square kilometers (970 sq mi). Its administrative center is the urban locality of Pavlogradka. Population: 20,034 ; 21,608 (2002 Census); 23,037 (1989 Census). The population of Pavlogradka accounts for 37.8% of the district's total population.

Poltavsky District District in Omsk Oblast, Russia

Poltavsky District is an administrative and municipal district (raion), one of the thirty-two in Omsk Oblast, Russia. It is located in the southwest of the oblast. The area of the district is 2,800 square kilometers (1,100 sq mi). Its administrative center is the urban locality of Poltavka. Population: 21,772 ; 24,721 (2002 Census); 24,691 (1989 Census). The population of Poltavka accounts for 32.3% of the district's total population.

Russko-Polyansky District District in Omsk Oblast, Russia

Russko-Polyansky District is an administrative and municipal district (raion), one of the thirty-two in Omsk Oblast, Russia. It is located in the south of the oblast. The area of the district is 3,300 square kilometers (1,300 sq mi). Its administrative center is the urban locality of Russkaya Polyana. Population: 19,333 ; 24,481 (2002 Census); 26,959 (1989 Census). The population of the administrative center accounts for 30.6% of the district's total population.

Tarsky District District in Omsk Oblast, Russia

Tarsky District is an administrative and municipal district (raion), one of the thirty-two in Omsk Oblast, Russia. It is located in the northeast of the oblast. The area of the district is 15,700 square kilometers (6,100 sq mi). Its administrative center is the town of Tara. Population: 19,242 ; 22,684 (2002 Census); 25,563 (1989 Census).

Tevrizsky District District in Omsk Oblast, Russia

Tevrizsky District is an administrative and municipal district (raion), one of the thirty-two in Omsk Oblast, Russia. It is located in the north of the oblast. The area of the district is 9,800 square kilometers (3,800 sq mi). Its administrative center is the urban locality of Tevriz. Population: 15,485 ; 18,090 (2002 Census); 20,249 (1989 Census). The population of Tevriz accounts for 45.1% of the district's total population.

Tyukalinsky District District in Omsk Oblast, Russia

Tyukalinsky District is an administrative and municipal district (raion), one of the thirty-two in Omsk Oblast, Russia. It is located in the western central part of the oblast. The area of the district is 6,400 square kilometers (2,500 sq mi). Its administrative center is the town of Tyukalinsk. Population: 14,831 ; 19,128 (2002 Census); 22,430 (1989 Census).

Ust-Ishimsky District District in Omsk Oblast, Russia

Ust-Ishimsky District is an administrative and municipal district (raion), one of the thirty-two in Omsk Oblast, Russia. It is located in the northwest of the oblast. The area of the district is 7,846 square kilometers (3,029 sq mi).} Its administrative center is the rural locality of Ust-Ishim, which, as its name indicates, is located at the confluence of the Ishim River with the Irtysh.

Znamensky District, Omsk Oblast District in Omsk Oblast, Russia

Znamensky District is an administrative and municipal district (raion), one of the thirty-two in Omsk Oblast, Russia. It is located in the north of the oblast. The area of the district is 3,700 square kilometers (1,400 sq mi). Its administrative center is the rural locality of Znamenskoye. Population: 12,427 ; 13,876 (2002 Census); 15,046 (1989 Census). The population of Znamenskoye accounts for 42.6% of the district's total population.

Azovo, Omsk Oblast

Azovo is a rural locality and the administrative center of Azovsky Nemetsky National District of Omsk Oblast, Russia. Population: 5,997 (2010 Census); 5,376 (2002 Census);

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