Челябинская область (Russian)
|— Oblast —|
|Established||January 17, 1934|
|Government (as of January 2014)|
|- Governor||Boris Dubrovsky (acting)|
|- Legislature||Legislative Assembly|
|Area (as of the 2002 Census)|
|- Total||87,900 km2 (33,900 sq mi)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|- Density||39.55 /km2 (102.4 /sq mi)|
|Time zone(s)||YEKT (UTC+06:00)|
Chelyabinsk Oblast (Russian: Челя́бинская о́бласть, Chelyabinskaya oblast) is a federal subject (an oblast) of Russia in the Ural Mountains region, on the border of Europe and Asia. Its administrative center is the city of Chelyabinsk. Population: 3,476,217 (2010 Census).
During the Middle Ages South Ural was populated by Bashkir tribes that were a part of the Golden Horde, Nogai Horde and smaller Bashkir unions. Since the late 16th century the area was incorporated into the Tsardom of Russia. Russian colonization of Chelybinsk Oblast started only in the 18th century with the establishment of a system of fortresses and trade posts on then Russian border under the authority of the Orenburg Expedition (created in 1734). Many cities of Chelyabinsk Oblast including the city of Chelyabinsk itself trace their history back to those forts.
In 1743 Chelyabinsk fortress became a center of the Iset Province, a constituent part of the Orenburg Governorate (a direct successor of the Orenburg Expedition) since 1744. 1750-1770s saw the emergence of industrial enterprises in South Ural. First factory centred towns like Miass, Kyshtym and Zlatoust were founded back then. After healing the wounds left by the Pugachev's Rebellion in South Ural lands of the modern day Chelyabisnk Oblast started to attract more people from the Eruopean part of Russia. By the mid-19th century Chelyabinsk was a major trade center of Ural and after the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway in 1890s it elevated its status becoming an important transport hub that connected Siberia with the rest of the Russian Empire.
In 1919 eastern parts of the Orenburg Governorate added with Kurgan of the Tobolsk Governorate became a separate Chelyabinsk Governorate making Chelyabinsk a regional capital for the first time. During those years population of the new region was already bigger than one million people. In 1923 together with Perm, Yekaterinburg and Tyumen governorates it was merged into a single Ural Oblast that lasted less than ten years, until 1934. In January 17, 1934 the Chelyabinsk Oblast was finally established. It took its current shape when the Kurgan Oblast was detached from it in 1943.
During the 30s the Chelyabinsk Oblast became one of the hot spots of first Five-Year Plans. The core enterprises of modern Chelyabinsk economy including Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works, Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant and Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant were founded during those years. Since the beginning of the Great Patriotic War economy of the region started to grow even faster with evacuation of industries from the western parts of the Soviet Union to Ural and the Chelyabinsk Oblast in particular. During the war Magnitogorsk produced 1/3 of the Soviet steel while the city of Chelyabinsk became the main center of Soviet tank production earning a nickname Tankograd (Tank City).
Chelyabinsk Oblast has had a long association (since the 1940s) with top-secret nuclear research. A serious nuclear accident occurred in 1957 at the Mayak nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, 150 km north-west of the city, which caused deaths in Chelyabinsk Oblast but not in the city. The province was closed to all foreigners until 1992 other than a British medical team following a two-train rail explosion in the mid-1980s. "Chelyabinsk:The Most Contaminated Spot on the Planet" was a documentary made by Slawomir Grunberg about the unsafe dumping of radio active waste first in the river Techa, then in Lake Karachay.
During the Soviet period, the high authority in the oblast was shared between three persons: The first secretary of the Chelyabinsk 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 Chelyabinsk Oblast is the fundamental law of the region. The regional parliament, Legislative Assembly of Chelyabinsk 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.
The oblast is highly urbanized.
The 2010 Census counted the following recognized ethnic groups in Chelyabinsk Oblast:
- 2,829,899 Russians (83.8%);
- 180,913 Tatars (5.4%);
- 162,513 Bashkirs (4.8%);
- 50,081 Ukrainians (1.5%);
- 35,297 Kazakhs (1.00%);
- 18,687 Germans (0.5%);
- 13,035 Belarusians (0.4%);
- 12,147 Mordvins (0.2%);
- 9,311 Armenians (0.3%);
- 65,190 others (1.6);
- 99,144 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.
- Births (2011): 47,300 (13.6 per 1000)
- Deaths (2011): 49,469 (14.2 per 1000)
- Vital statistics for 2012
- Births: 49 885 (14.3 per 1000)
- Deaths: 49 367 (14.2 per 1000) 
- Total fertility rate:
- 2009 - 1.63
- 2010 - 1.65
- 2011 - 1.70 
- 2012 - 1.808 (1.681 for Urban, 2.483 for rural)
- 2013 - 1.80(e)
According to a 2012 official survey 30.9% of the population of Chelyabinsk Oblast adheres to the Russian Orthodox Church, 8% are unaffiliated generic Christians, 5% adheres to other Orthodox Churches; 8% of the population is Muslim, 1% adheres to Slavic Rodnovery (Slavic Neopaganism), and 0.4% to forms of Hinduism (Vedism, Krishnaism or Tantrism). In addition, 29% of the population deems itself to be "spiritual but not religious", 14% is atheist, and 4.7% follows other religions or did not give an answer to the question.
Chelyabinsk Oblast has considerable subsurface gold reserves, which are concentrated in ore and placer deposits. The gold deposits are associated with both basement rock and fluvial deposits. Probable reserves are estimated at 500 tons of ore gold and 40 tons of placer gold. The most important nonmetallic minerals in the region in terms of reserves are deposits of graphite, talc, kaolin, and vermiculite (rock raw materials); barite, phosphorite, and glauconite (chemical raw materials); magnesite, quartzite, fluxing limestone, and furnace dolomite (metallurgical raw materials).
The discovery of mineral deposits at various times has resulted in the construction of a large number of processing facilities. More than 150 companies in the region are involved in working mineral deposits and processing the raw materials. The best known of these are the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK and Chelyabinsk Iron and Steel Works (Mechel).
Chelyabinsk Oblast has fifteen theaters and three concert organizations. Nine of these theaters (five state and four municipal theaters), an art gallery, a philharmonic and organ hall, a circus, several museums, nineteen movie theaters, a municipal jazz center, and a contemporary art center are located in the capital.
Tours by Russian and foreign artistic companies add variety to the region's cultural life. The Kamerata chamber theater festival and an international organ music festival are held annually in Chelyabinsk.
The region has an extensive system of art and cultural schools, including three higher educational institutions: the Chelyabinsk State Institute of Art and Culture, the Chelyabinsk Higher Music School, and the Magnitogorsk State Conservatory. There are more than 20 artistic unions, associations, and groups, most of which have formed in the last few years.
On 15 February 2013, a 10,000 ton meteoroid entered the Earth's atmosphere over Russia at about 09:20 YEKT (03:20 UTC). It passed over the southern Ural region and exploded in an air burst over Chelyabinsk Oblast. About 1,500 people were reported injured, including 311 children. Health officials said 112 people had been hospitalized, mainly by glass from windows shattered by a shock wave; two were reported to be in serious condition. As many as 3,000 buildings in six cities across the region were damaged by the explosion and impacts. The meteor created a dazzling light as it air burst, bright enough to cast shadows during broad daylight in Chelyabinsk.
Vital statistics for 2008
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- Chelyabinsk Region
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