Administrative, territorial, and municipal division of the Altai Republic is regulated by the Law #12-15 of the Altai Republic, passed by the State Assembly—El Kurultai on June 2, 1999, with subsequent amendments. The Law established the following classification:
administrative units (административно-территориальные единицы)
district (район)—an administrative unit under jurisdiction of the Republic, governing a certain territory. Districts are governed from an administrative center.
selsovet (сельсовет)—a municipal unit under jurisdiction of a district comprising one or several settlements.
dyuchina (дючина)—national administrative unit for local self-governing of the native peoples. Dyuchinas would have the same administrative status as selsovets, but they have not been implemented in practice.
closed settlement (закрытое административно-территориальное образование)—territories under the federal government management with travel and residency restrictions; usually military objects. Closed settlements have not been implemented in practice.