Kirov Oblast
Кировская область
Flag of Kirov Oblast
Coat of arms of Kirov Oblast
Coordinates: 58°46′N 49°50′E / 58.767°N 49.833°E / 58.767; 49.833
Federal districtVolga[1]
Economic regionVolga-Vyatka[2]
Administrative centerKirov[3]
 • BodyLegislative Assembly[4]
 • Governor[4]Aleksandr Sokolov[5]
 • Total120,374 km2 (46,477 sq mi)
 • Rank30th
 • Total1,153,680
 • Estimate 
 • Rank41st
 • Density9.6/km2 (25/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Time zoneUTC+3 (MSK Edit this on Wikidata[9])
ISO 3166 codeRU-KIR
License plates43
OKTMO ID33000000
Official languagesRussian[10]

Kirov Oblast (Russian: Кировская область, IPA: [ˈkʲirəfskəjə ˈobləsʲtʲ]) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast) located in Eastern Europe. Its administrative center is the city of Kirov. As of the 2010 census, the population is 1,341,312.[12]


Natural resources

The basis of the natural resources are forest (mostly conifers), phosphate rock, peat, furs, water and land. There are widespread deposits of peat and non-metallic minerals: limestone, marl, clay, sand and gravel, as well as the extremely rare mineral volkonskoite. In recent decades, in the east of the area revealed a minor recoverable oil reserves and deposits of bentonite clays. In the area is the largest in Europe Vyatsko-Kama deposit of phosphate rock. The area is rich in mineral springs and therapeutic mud. In the Kumyonsky District, there is a famous resort town of federal significance called Nizhneivkino, which many residents of the Kirov region (and many further afield) come to for repose and various treatments.


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The region has a total length of 19753 River 66.65 kilometers. Northern Uvaly has two separate river basins – the Severodvinsk and the Volga. Much of the area is occupied by the Vyatka River basin, a tributary of the Kama River in Tatarstan. At Kama it is only in the upper reaches. To large flowing within the area are also river mole and Tansy, Luza, Cobra, Cheptsa.

The total number of lakes in the area of 4,500, with the total number of closed water area of 5.5 million. The largest lakes are the Akshuben with 85 hectares, the Oryol with 63 hectares, and the Muserskoye with 32 hectares. The deepest area of the pond Lezhninskoyo Lake, measurig 36.6 meters deep.


In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Vyatka remained a place of exile for opponents of the tsarist regime, including many prominent revolutionary figures. In 1920, a number of small southern and eastern districts (volosti) and villages were shifted from Vyatka as a result of the formation of the Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic and the Mari and Votskaya (now the Udmurt Republic) autonomous regions.

The territory did not escape the Russian Civil War and intervention of 1918–1921. Then between 1921 and 1922, it was hit by famine, followed by a typhus epidemic in late 1922. The death rate doubled during those years. The postwar period was accompanied by rebuilding of the province on the basis of the New Economic Policy (NEP), which consisted of free trade, entrepreneurship, and private sector stimulation.

The country's first office of the International Organization for Aid to Fighters of the Revolution (IOAR) began operations here in January 1923.

The administrative and territorial reforms of 1929 eliminated the old division of the country into provinces and districts (Uezd, Volost) and introduced a new system of division into regions, territories, and districts (raiony). Vyatka Province was abolished, and its territory became part of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast. The city of Vyatka became a district center.[13]

On 5 December 1934, the Presidium of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee (VTsIK) passed a resolution renaming the city from Vyatka to Kirov, and Kirov Oblast was formed on 7 December.[11] It included the Udmurt Autonomous Region, 37 districts (raiony) of Gorki Region (which had formerly been part of Vyatka Province), as well as Sapapulsky and Votkinsky districts of Sverdlovsk Region. Following the adoption of the new Constitution in 1936, Kirov Territory was transformed into Kirov Region and the Udmurt Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (ASSR) was separated from it.[11]

On 30 October 1997, Kirov, alongside Astrakhan, Murmansk, Ulyanovsk, and Yaroslavl, signed a power-sharing agreement with the government of Russia, granting it autonomy.[14] The agreement would be abolished on 24 January 2002.[15]

Administrative divisions

Main article: Administrative divisions of Kirov Oblast

Kirov Oblast was formed on 7 December 1934. It is divided administratively into 39 districts, 6 cities under oblast jurisdiction, 13 town under district jurisdiction, 58 urban-type settlements, and 580 selsoviets.[citation needed]


Pishchalskoye peat railway
Kobrinskaya railway

Kirov Oblast is part of the Volga–Vyatka economic district located in the central part of European Russia in the Volga and Vyatka river basins. Its economic complex had already begun forming and developing before the Revolution, in large part because of the transfer points and trading posts located in Vyatka, which later led to the formation of large trading centers. Agriculture was the priority sector at first, but starting in 1940, there was an upsurge in development of an industrial complex, especially the engineering, metalworking, and chemical industries.[16]

Kirov Oblast is part of the Volga–Vyatka agricultural zone, where more than half of the area sown in grain is located in Kirov Oblast itself. Agricultural land occupies 27% of the region's territory. The most important grain crops are winter and spring wheat and rye. Barley and oats are grown for fodder. Increased specialization in the production of more promising fodder crops like winter rye, barley, oats that are most suited to the Oblast's climatic conditions is anticipated in the future. Potatoes are also extensively cultivated.[16]



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


Population: 1,153,680 (2021 Census);[17] 1,341,312 (2010 Russian census);[12] 1,503,529 (2002 Census);[18] 1,692,655 (1989 Soviet census).[19]


Largest cities or towns in Kirov Oblast
2010 Russian Census
Rank Administrative Division Pop.
1 Kirov City of oblast significance of Kirov 473,695 Vyatskiye Polyany
Vyatskiye Polyany
2 Kirovo-Chepetsk Town of oblast significance of Kirovo-Chepetsk 80,921
3 Vyatskiye Polyany Town of oblast significance of Vyatskiye Polyany 35,162
4 Slobodskoy Town of oblast significance of Slobodskoy 33,981
5 Kotelnich Town of oblast significance of Kotelnich 24,979
6 Omutninsk Omutninsky District 23,615
7 Yaransk Yaransky District 17,253
8 Sovetsk Sovetsky District 16,598
9 Sosnovka Vyatskopolyansky District 11,960
10 Luza Luzsky District 11,260

Vital statistics for 2022:[20][21]

Historical population
Source: Census data

Total fertility rate (2022):[22]
1.50 children per woman

Life expectancy (2021):[23]
Total — 69.73 years (male — 64.80, female — 74.68)

Ethnic Composition (2010):[12]


Religion in Kirov Oblast as of 2012 (Sreda Arena Atlas)[25][26]
Russian Orthodoxy
Other Orthodox
Old Believers
Other Christians
Spiritual but not religious
Atheism and irreligion
Other and undeclared

According to a 2012 survey[25] 40.1% of the population of Kirov Oblast adheres to the Russian Orthodox Church, 5% are unaffiliated generic Christians, 1% are Orthodox Christian believers not belonging to churches or members of non-Russian Orthodox churches, 1% are adherents to Islam, 1% to the Old Believers. In addition, 33% of the population deems itself to be "spiritual but not religious", 13% is atheist, and 5.9% follows other religions or did not give an answer to the question.[25]

See also



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