|Костромская область (Russian)|
|— Oblast —|
|Established||August 13, 1944|
|Government (as of August 2010)|
|- Governor||Sergey Sitnikov|
|- Legislature||Oblast Duma|
|Area (as of the 2002 Census)|
|- Total||60,100 km2 (23,204.7 sq mi)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|- Density||11.11 /km2 (28.8 /sq mi)|
|Time zone(s)||MSK (UTC+04:00)|
The Kostroma Region or Kostroma Oblast (Russian: Костромска́я о́бласть, Kostromskaya oblast) is a federal subject of Russia with its administrative center being the city of Kostroma, and the regional population of 667,562 (2010 Census). The oblast was detached from the Yaroslavl Oblast in 1944.
Viktor Shershunov was Governor from 1997 until his death in a car crash on September 20 2007, at which point Igor Slyunyayev became the new Governor until, as of 2012, Sergey Sitnikov become the current incumbent.
From c. 300 CE the current area of Kostroma, with exception the area east of the Unzha River, was part of Finno-Ugric peoples' lands, such as the Merya people and their loose tribal confederation. During the Neolithic culture comb-ceramics replaced prafinno-Ugric Volosovo. At the turn of 3rd and 2nd millennia BCE, the Fatyanovo culture arrived in the area, later to be assimilated into the tribes of the Late Bronze Age (the Abashevtsami and Podnyakovtsami). Finno-Ugric component as a result of migration and assimilation has grown even stronger since the culture of the early Iron Age With their developed the art of smelting of bog ore are already clearly Finno-Ugric character. As a result of the mixing of the Finno -Ugric and pyanoborskoy Anan'ino local cultures with the Finno-Ugric culture Dyakovo have come in the future Kostroma Mari nation began to take shape. Historically, the Kostroma region is a territory of residence Mari. In the currently existing settlements and the Old- Kazhirovo Shangskoe were capital Mari principalities Yaksha and Sanga. Possession of these kingdoms in the north to reach the Great in earlier times. The village area was Odoevskoye SHARINSKY Mari fortress Bulaksy.
There were at least 109 Merya settlements located in the area of which the most important below mentioned trading centers and important hill fortresses were later recorded by the Russians as the Russians founded towns in the late 9th to 12th centuries.
Kostroma and detached from the principality of Vladimir- Suzdal about 1247, took out a management Basil Yaroslavovich trough, the son of Grand Duke Vladimir Yaroslav Vsevolodovicha. With the death in 1277 of Basil Yaroslavovych, who had no children and left no heirs, the land principality as unclaimed moved into the Vladimir principality. Then, the Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich Dmitry lost ground Kostroma principality to his brother Andrei Alexandrovich Gorodetsky, who in turn gave this inheritance to his nephew, the son of Dmitry Ivan Dmitrievich, but shortly after Ivan D. to possess Pereiaslavl-Zaleski and Kostroma principality newly departed Andrei Alexandrovich and then in 1299 , he gave the land to his son Boris. After the latter's death in 1303, the prince of Kostroma in 1304 was the son of Daniel of Moscow, Boris Daniilovich. At this relative independence of the Principality of Kostroma ended and later it became part of the lands of the princely House of Moscow.
For the first time in what is now the area were separated from each other by Peter I: in 1708 by dividing the country into provinces were created in the province of Kostroma, Moscow province and in the Galician province of Arkhangelsk province. In 1778, the two territories were re-united in the Kostroma governorship, which has been linked with the Yaroslavl first, then with the Nizhny Novgorod, and later with the Governor-General in one of Vladimir General Government.
In 1797 Paul I abolished the Governor-General Vladimir and Kostroma and Kostroma instead governorship was created Kostroma Province , which existed in constant borders until 1917.
Conversion of Kostroma province center sped up its economic and cultural development , in spite of the fact that in 1773 and 1779 the city was completely burned in the fire fighting. Since 1781 the city began to be built on the master plan , in which was based on radial- concentric grid of streets that converge on a large semi-circular central area, in the open side of the Volga.
The end of the 18th, and first half of the 19th century is rightly considered the time of the rise in cultural development (architecture, painting, literature), not only of Kostroma, but of other county-level cities such as: Galic, Nerekhta and Soligalich. Architectural ensembles in the classical style still adorn the centers of these cities. There were widespread noble estates, which have become centers of culture in the remote outskirts of the province.
After the October Revolution of 1917, Kostroma Province became part formed in 1918 by the Russian Federation.
During the First World War and the Civil War of active hostilities in the territory of the province was not conducted. The change of power at the end of 1917 there was a peaceful way. During the Civil War and in the years formed the new government, repeatedly changed the administrative- territorial division of the province.
The consequences of the civil war adversely affected the socio -economic and political life of the province of Kostroma . Gross production of Kostroma factories in 1921 compared to 1913 decreased by 70 %, the number of workers decreased by 30%. In the linen industry , which has been leading in the province, there were only 4.7 million workers ( in 1913 - 15 thousand). At the first Republican Factory ( the former Big linen manufactory ) , their number decreased from 7 to 1 million people in the mechanical plant of 1,300 workers have only 450. Due to lack of fuel and raw materials factory operated for only 6 months a year, from May to October - idle .
In the city of Kostroma in 1917 there were 17 libraries. Kostroma Province existed prior to 1917. Almost doubled compared with the prewar decreased acreage and yield of crops. The total cultivated area in the province in 1920 vs. 1917 dropped by 43 % , including linen - 80%, barley - 62% , potatoes - by 50 % , oats - by 50%, rye - 20% .
The Revolution opened the workers and peasants of access to education . November 8, 1918 the grand opening of the worker- peasant Kostroma State University to commemorate the October Revolution of 1917 , which adopted the workers and peasants without entrance exams. The university initially acted natural, humanitarian and forest departments , and later - Teachers and Department of the Faculty of Medicine . In 1921, all faculties studied 3,333 students . Most of the teachers came from Moscow. Following the university in the city of Kostroma in 1919 opened two more high school - Institute of Electrical and chemical industry and land management institute, to prepare engineering and agricultural personnel.
Due to the severe consequences of the civil war and the transition to a new economic policy that resulted in the reduction of funding of educational institutions , the People's Commissariat of Education in autumn 1921 decided to close or reorganize a number of young university . Kostroma University was divided into two universities - Pedagogical Institute (Institute of Education ), and agricultural. Teacher's college in 1923 was reorganized into pedtehnikum . By the second half of the 1920s . of the four high schools and three secondary special educational institutions operating in the province in the first years of Soviet power, down to seven colleges. From 1922 to 1923 , the number of educational institutions in the province of Kostroma has decreased by almost 25%.
In 1922, in the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast and transferred Varnavinsky Vetluzhsky counties . A January 14, 1929 Resolution of the Presidium of the Central Executive Committee Kostroma province was liquidated . Its territory was a part of the Kostroma region of Ivanovo Industrial Region.
The oblast was formed on August 13, 1944.
Essential for the economic development of the region had continued at the Fifth Five-Year Plan railway construction Galich, Kostroma- length 127km . She was admitted to the regular operation and operational in 1956. The newly built railway line has created a direct access to Kostroma on the northern highway, mileage cargo from Kostroma to Galic dropped by more than half. The road much closer to the railway line a number of inland areas, facilitated the supply of the city of Kostroma wood, peat, wood business. Improved communication of the regional center to remote centers of the region.
Between 1997 was a time of active reform and integration into the new socio- economic conditions of the social sphere. Translated to insurance principles of medical care, health, fundamental changes have occurred in the content of education, made fundamental changes in the system of social protection. Despite the difficulties in these years there was a deliberate with high-tech equipment of health facilities , modern information technology and sports equipment of educational institutions. Radically changed the infrastructure of social protection of the population and youth policy.
Kostroma Oblast borders Vologda Oblast (N), Kirov Oblast (E), Nizhny Novgorod Oblast (S), Ivanovo Oblast (W), and Yaroslavl Oblast (NW). The main rivers are the Volga and the Kostroma. Much of the area is covered by woods, making it one of the principal timber producing regions in Europe.
During the Soviet period, the high authority in the oblast was shared between three persons: The first secretary of the Kostroma 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 Kostroma Oblast is the fundamental law of the region. The Legislative Assembly of Kostroma 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 main industrial sectors include the fuel, chemical and petrochemical, forest, woodworking (lumber, plywood, particle board, fiberboard, and furniture), pulp and paper, food (alcoholic beverages and starch), light (linen, hemp, and jute fabrics; clothing, shoes, and knitted goods), building material, power and engineering excavators, machine tools, and equipment for the textile, chemical, food, and woodworking industries.
The jewelry trade began developing in Kostroma in the 19th century. Engraving, silver niello (silver with black engraving), and ornaments with colored glass and enamel insets are some examples of the art. The largest center of the jewelry industry is the village of Krasnoe-on-Volga.
Agriculture is one of Kostroma Oblast's most important sectors. Rye, wheat, barley, and oats are grown here, and beekeeping and plant cultivation are expanding. Traditional flax cultivation and processing is reviving. However, agriculture in the region is mainly oriented towards livestock farming, e.g., beef and dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, and poultry. Agricultural land occupies 940,000 hectares in the Oblast, including 26,400 hectares allotted to individual farms and 551,000 hectares of cropland.
- Births: 8 484 (12.8 per 1000)
- Deaths: 10 583 (16.0 per 1000) 
- Total fertility rate:
2009 - 1.65 | 2010 - 1.65 | 2011 - 1.71 | 2012 - 1.82(e)
Ethnic composition (2010):
- Russians - 96.6%
- Ukrainians - 0.9%
- Others - 2.5%
- 23,194 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.
According to a 2012 official survey 53.8% of the population of Kostroma Oblast adheres to the Russian Orthodox Church, 5% are unaffiliated generic Christians, 1% adheres to other Orthodox Churches, and 1% of the population adheres to Slavic Rodnovery (Slavic Neopaganism). In addition, 25% of the population deems itself to be "spiritual but not religious", 9% is atheist, and 5.2% follows other religions or did not give an answer to the question.
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