Zabaykalsky Krai
Забайкальский край
Coat of arms of Zabaykalsky Krai
Coordinates: 54°00′N 118°00′E / 54.000°N 118.000°E / 54.000; 118.000
Federal districtFar Eastern[1]
Economic regionFar Eastern[2]
Administrative centerChita
 • BodyLegislative Assembly[3]
 • Governor[3]Aleksandr Osipov
 • Total431,892 km2 (166,754 sq mi)
 • Rank12th
 • Total1,004,125
 • Estimate 
 • Rank50th
 • Density2.3/km2 (6.0/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Time zoneUTC+9 (MSK+6 Edit this on Wikidata[7])
ISO 3166 codeRU-ZAB
License plates75, 80
OKTMO ID76000000
Official languagesRussian[8]

Zabaykalsky Krai (Russian: Забайкальский край, romanizedZabaykal'skiy kray, lit.'Transbaikal territory', IPA: [zəbɐjˈkalʲskʲɪj kraj]) is a federal subject of Russia (a krai), located in the Russian Far East. Its administrative center is Chita. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 1,107,107.[10]

The krai was created on March 1, 2008 as a result of a merger of Chita Oblast and Agin-Buryat Autonomous Okrug, after a referendum held on the issue on March 11, 2007. In 2018, the krai became part of the Far Eastern Federal District.[11]


The krai is located within the historical region of Transbaikalia (Dauria) and has extensive international borders with China (Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang) (998 km) and Mongolia (Dornod Province, Khentii Province and Selenge Province) (868 km); its internal borders are with Irkutsk Oblast and Amur Oblast, as well as with Buryatia and the Sakha Republic. The Khentei-Daur Highlands are located at the southwestern end. The Ivan-Arakhley Lake System is a group of lakes lying west of Chita.

Upper Middle River Sakukan, Kalarsky District.
The Chara Sands, a desert like area in the middle of Siberia, as seen near Novaya Chara. The Kodar Mountains lie in the background.


See also: Transbaikal

The first traces of human presence in the area dates to 35-150 thousand years ago. Early evidence was found on the surface of ancient river gravels Gyrshelunki (tributary of the Khilok River) near the city of Chita, near Ust-Menza on the Chikoy River.

Based on toponyms, Zabaykalsky might have once been inhabited by a non documented, extinct Yeniseian language.[12]

Mongolic-related Slab Grave cultural monuments are found in Baikal territory.[13] The territory of Zabaykalsky Krai has been governed by the Xiongnu Empire (209 BC-93 CE) and Mongolian Xianbei state (93-234), Rouran Khaganate (330–555), Mongol Empire (1206–1368) and Northern Yuan (1368–1691).[14] Medieval Mongol tribes like Merkit, Tayichiud, Jalairs and Khamag Mongols inhabited in the krai.[14] In the 17th century, some or all of Mongolic-speaking Daurs lived along the Shilka, upper Amur, and on the Bureya River. They thus gave their name to the region of Dauria, also called Transbaikal, now the area of Russia east of Lake Baikal. Today Buryat-Mongols remained in the territory of the krai.

Preliminary work on the unification of the Chita Oblast and Agin-Buryat Autonomous Okrug was started at the level of regional authorities in April 2006. The governor of Chita Oblast Ravil Geniatulin, mayor of the Agin-Buryat Autonomous Okrug Bair Zhamsuyev, head of the regional parliament Anatoly Romanov, and Dashi Dugarov sent a letter to the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and on November 17, 2006, he supported the initiative.

A referendum on unification took place on March 11, 2007. In Chita Oblast, "yes" was the predominant answer to the following question:

Do you agree that the Chita Oblast and Agin-Buryat Autonomous Okrug merged into a new entity of the Russian Federation - Zabaykalsky Krai, which included Agin-Buryat Autonomous Okrug will be an administrative-territorial unit with special status, defined by the charter of the province in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation?

In Chita Oblast, 90.29% (535,045 voters) of the voters voted for the union versus - 8.89% (52,698 voters) who voted against it. 72.82% of the electorate participated. In the Aga Buryat Autonomous Region 94% (38,814 voters) voted for the union versus - 5.16% (2129 voters). 82.95% of the electorate voters participated.

On July 23, 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a federal constitutional law "On Establishment in the Russian Federation of a new subject of the Russian Federation in the merger of Chita Oblast and Agin-Buryat Autonomous Okrug", adopted by the State Duma on July 5, 2007. and approved by the Federation Council on July 11, 2007.

Administrative divisions

Main article: Administrative divisions of Zabaykalsky Krai


Large companies in the region include the Priargunskoe Mining and Chemical Association, Territorial Generating Company №14, Novo-Shirokinsky mine, Kharanorskaya State District Power Plant, Kharanorskiy coal mine.[15]


Ravil Geniatulin, the Governor of Chita Oblast, was elected Governor of Zabaykalsky Krai on February 5, 2008 by the majority of the deputies of both Chita Oblast Duma and Agin-Buryat Autonomous Okrug Duma. He assumed the post on March 1, 2008.[16] United Russia candidate Natalia Zhdanova was elected governor with 54% of the vote on September 18, 2016.[17]


Historical population
Source: Census data

Population: 1,004,125 (2021 Census);[18] 1,107,107 (2010 Russian census);[10] 1,155,346 (2002 Census);[19] 1,377,975 (1989 Soviet census).[20]

According to the 2021 Census,[21] Russians made up 89.2% of the population while Buryats were 7.4%. Other significant groups were Armenians (0.3%), Tatars (0.3%), Ukrainians (0.2%), Kyrgyz (0.2%) and Uzbeks (0.2%) . 118,477 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.[22]

Ethnicity 2002 census 2010 census 2021 census
Number % Number % Number %
Russians 1,037,502 90.0% 977,499 89.9% 790,207 89.2%
Buryats 70,457 6.1% 73,941 6.8% 65,590 7.4%
Armenians 3,594 0.3% 3,943 0.4% 2,651 0.3%
Tatars 8,159 0.7% 5,857 0.5% 2,489 0.3%
Others 32,941 2.9% 25,886 2.4% 24,711 2.8%
Ethnicity not stated 2,693 19,981 118,477


Largest cities or towns in Zabaykalsky Krai
2010 Russian Census
Rank Administrative Division Pop.
1 Chita Chitinsky District 324,444
2 Krasnokamensk Krasnokamensky District 55,666
3 Borzya Borzinsky District 31,379
4 Petrovsk-Zabaykalsky Petrovsk-Zabaykalsky District 18,549
5 Nerchinsk Nerchinsky District 14,959
6 Shilka Shilkinsky District 13,947
7 Chernyshevsk Chernyshevsky District 13,359
8 Mogocha Mogochinsky District 13,258
9 Karymskoye Karymsky District 13,037
10 Baley Baleysky District 12,533

Vital statistics for 2022:[23][24]

Total fertility rate (2022):[25]
1.69 children per woman

Life expectancy (2021):[26]
Total — 66.82 years (male — 62.28, female — 71.54)


Religion in Zabaykalsky Krai as of 2012 (Sreda Arena Atlas)[27][28]
Spiritual but not religious
Russian Orthodoxy
Atheism and irreligion
Other and undeclared
Other Christians
Other Orthodox

As of a 2012 survey[27] 25% of the population of Zabaykalsky Krai adheres to the Russian Orthodox Church, 6.25% to Buddhism, 6% declares to be generically unaffiliated Christian (excluding Protestant churches), 2% is an Orthodox Christian believer without belonging to any church or being member of other (non-Russian) Orthodox churches. In addition, 28% of the population declares to be "spiritual but not religious", 17% to be atheist, and 16.15% follows other religion or did not give an answer to the survey.[27]

See also



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