Ryazan Oblast
Рязанская область
Flag of Ryazan Oblast
Coat of arms of Ryazan Oblast
Map of Russia - Ryazan Oblast.svg
Coordinates: 54°24′N 40°36′E / 54.400°N 40.600°E / 54.400; 40.600Coordinates: 54°24′N 40°36′E / 54.400°N 40.600°E / 54.400; 40.600
Federal districtCentral[1]
Economic regionCentral[2]
Administrative centerRyazan
 • BodyOblast Duma[3]
 • Governor[3]Pavel Malkov[4]
 • Total39,600 km2 (15,300 sq mi)
 • Rank58th
 (2010 Census)[6]
 • Total1,154,114
 • Estimate 
1,121,474 (−2.8%)
 • Rank45th
 • Density29/km2 (75/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Time zoneUTC+3 (MSK Edit this on Wikidata[8])
ISO 3166 codeRU-RYA
License plates62
OKTMO ID61000000
Official languagesRussian[9]

Ryazan Oblast (Russian: Рязанская область, tr. Ryazanskaya oblast, IPA: [rʲɪˈzanskəjə ˈobləsʲtʲ]) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast). Its administrative center is the city of Ryazan, which is the oblast's largest city.


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Ryazan Oblast borders Vladimir Oblast (N), Nizhny Novgorod Oblast (NE), the Republic of Mordovia (E), Penza Oblast (SE), Tambov Oblast (S), Lipetsk Oblast (SW), Tula Oblast (W), and Moscow Oblast (NW).

In terms of physical geography, Ryazan Oblast lies in the central part of the Russian Plain between the Central Russian and Volga uplands. The terrain is flat, with the highest point of no more than 300 m above sea level. Soils are podzolic and boggy on the left bank of the Oka, changing southward to more fertile podzolic and leached black-earths (chernozyom).


The Oka River near Konstantinovo in Rybnovsky District of Ryazan Oblast
The Oka River near Konstantinovo in Rybnovsky District of Ryazan Oblast

Most of the Ryazan Oblast lies within the Volga basin, with the Oka the principal river of the area.


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Human occupation of the area of the Ryazan Oblast dates from at least the Upper Paleolithic period. East Slavs, Volga Finnic, Tatar tribes inhabited the area and merged into an ethnos, a process virtually completed by the 13th century CE. In 830 the Ryazan area became part of Rus' Khaganate.

Later the Ryazan area became part of the Kievan Rus' political system and came under the domination of the Principality of Chernigov (founded in 988). The Principality of Ryazan operated as a separate entity from 1097 to 1521, when the area became part of the Grand Duchy of Moscow, though with the Qasim Khanate district retaining some autonomy until the 1550s.

The Ryazan Governorate became separate from the Moscow Governorate in 1796.

Soviet Union

Ryazan Oblast was formed out of the Moscow and Voronezh oblasts in 1937. It took its present form in 1954 when some of its southern districts were ceded to the newly established Lipetsk Oblast. Also in 1954, it was ceded parts of southern Moscow Oblast and no border changes happened afterward.

Administrative divisions

Main article: Administrative divisions of Ryazan Oblast


Solotchinskoye peat railway

Soviet Union

In the post-war period of the Soviet Union recovery in the wake of growing competition between USSR and US several ambitios plans severely undermined economical stability of the region. In Ryazan Oblast, at the behest of central government led by Nikita Khrushchev a regional administration ordered slaughter of livestock in a futile attempt to boost productivity rates (plans included tripling of meat and milk production). Because of series of misjudgement and overestimations these plans resulted in disastrous failure which is known today as Ryazan miracle (Russian: Рязанское чудо).


GDP of Ryazan Oblast by Industry (in %, 2019)[11]
Agri- and aquaculture
Mining and Extraction
Processing industry (metallurgy, oil refining etc.)
Utilities (water supply)
Wholesale trade and Retail trade, professional services
Transportation and warehousing
Public services (restaurants and hotels)
Finance and insurance
Real estate
Administrative services
State, security and social support
Healthcare & social services
Culture, sport, entertainment etc

Ryazan Oblast is a part of the Central economic region. The oblast is economically favorable due to the water and land routes that pass through it and provide stable domestic and foreign economic ties. It is considered both an industrial and agricultural Oblast. The agriculture in the region is represented by livestock farming and plants cultivation. Livestock farming specializes in raising and fattening cattle and breeding pigs, sheep, and poultry. Beekeeping is also well developed in the region.



Population: 1,154,114 (2010 Census);[6] 1,227,910 (2002 Census);[12] 1,345,924 (1989 Census).[13]


Ethnic composition (2010):[6]


Religion in Ryazan Oblast as of 2012 (Sreda Arena Atlas)[17][18]
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[17] 63% of the population of Ryazan Oblast adheres to the Russian Orthodox Church, 3% are unaffiliated generic Christians, 1% are Orthodox Christian believers without belonging to church or belonging to non-Russian Orthodox churches, 1% are Muslims, and 1% are adherents of the Rodnovery (Slavic native faith) movement. In addition, 15% of the population declares to be "spiritual but not religious", 9% is atheist, and 7% follows other religions or did not give an answer to the question.[17]


Notable people



Engineering and science




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  9. ^ Official throughout the Russian Federation according to Article 68.1 of the Constitution of Russia.
  10. ^ Resolution of September 26, 1937
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