|Federal subject||Oryol Oblast|
|• Mayor||Yuri Parakhin|
|• Total||121.21 km2 (46.80 sq mi)|
|Elevation||170 m (560 ft)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||57th in 2010|
|• Density||2,600/km2 (6,800/sq mi)|
|• Subordinated to||city of oblast significance of Oryol|
|• Capital of||Oryol Oblast, city of oblast significance of Oryol|
|• Urban okrug||Oryol Urban Okrug|
|• Capital of||Oryol Urban Okrug, Orlovsky Municipal District|
|Time zone||UTC+3 (MSK )|
|Dialing code(s)||+7 4862|
|City Day||August 5|
Oryol or Orel (Russian: Орёл, IPA: [ɐˈrʲɵl], lit. eagle), also known as Oriol, is a city and the administrative center of Oryol Oblast situated on the Oka River, approximately 368 kilometers (229 mi) south-southwest of Moscow. It is part of the Central Federal District, as well as the Central Economic Region.
While there are no historical records, archaeological evidence shows that a fortress settlement existed between the Oka River and Orlik Rivers as early as the 12th century, when the land was a part of the Principality of Chernigov. The name of the fortress is unknown; it may not have been called Oryol at the time. In the 13th century, the fortress became a part of the Zvenigorod district of the Karachev Principality. In the early 15th century, the territory was conquered by the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The city was soon abandoned by its population after being sacked either by Lithuanians or the Golden Horde. The territory became a part of the Tsardom of Russia in the 16th century.
Tsardom of Russia
Ivan IV Vasilyevich decreed that a new fortress be built on the spot in 1566 for the purpose of defending the southern borders of the country. The fortress was built starting in the summer of 1566 and ending in the spring of 1567. The location chosen was less than ideal strategically, as the fortress was located on a seasonally flooded low ground easily targeted from the neighboring high ground. False Dmitry I and his army passed through Oryol in 1605; Ivan Bolotnikov in 1606; False Dmitry II camped in Oryol for the winter of 1607–1608. Polish forces sacked it in 1611 and 1615. While the population fled after the second sacking and moved to Mtsensk, the Orlovsky Uyezd continued to exist administratively.
Oryol was rebuilt in 1636. The question of moving the fortress to the more advantageous high ground was debated until the 1670s, but the move was never made. The fortress was deemed unnecessary and taken apart in the early 18th century.
In the mid-18th century Oryol became one of the major centers of grain production, with the Oka River being the major trade route until the 1860s when it was replaced by a railroad.
Oryol was granted town status in 1702. In 1708, Oryol was included as a part of Kiev Governorate; in 1719, Oryol Province was created within Kiev Governorate. The Province was transferred to the newly created Belgorod Governorate in 1727. On March 11 (February 28 old style), 1778 Oryol Vice-Royalty was created from parts of Voronezh and Belgorod Governorates. In 1779, the city was almost entirely rebuilt based on a new plan; and the Oryol River was renamed Orlik (lit: "little eagle").
Oryol was once again moved between different oblasts in the 1920s and 1930s: first as Oryol Governorate until 1928, then Central Black Earth Region between 1928 and 1934, finally in Kursk Oblast), finally becoming the administrative center of its own Oryol Oblast on September 27, 1937.
The Oryol Prison was a notable place of incarceration for political prisoners and war prisoners of the Second World War. Christian Rakovsky, Maria Spiridonova, Olga Kameneva and 160 other prominent political prisoners were shot on September 11, 1941 on Joseph Stalin's orders in the Medvedev Forest massacre outside Oryol.
During the German-Soviet war, Oryol was occupied by the Wehrmacht on October 7, 1941.
The French air squadron Normandie-Niemen fought in the skies over Oryol.
September 19, 1943, in the Oryol, was the first in the history of the Great Patriotic War parade of partisan units stationed in the Oryol region.
Oryol was liberated on August 5, 1943 during the Oryol strategic offensive operation "Kutuzov" on the Oryol-Kursk Bulge. The city was almost completely destroyed. By order №2 of I. V. Stalin of August 5, 1943, on this day in Moscow, an artillery salute was given to the troops that liberated Oryol. Since then the city has had the nickname, "City of the First Salute" and the day of the liberation from the Nazi invaders was celebrated as the city day.
Oryol was founded at the behest of Ivan the Terrible in 1566, in the area between the Oka and Orlik rivers. Little information exists about its early history; the earliest data available refers to 1636, when the city was rebuilt after its destruction during the Time of Troubles. According to historian T. G. Svistunova, the 16th-century Oryol fortress had three lines of fortifications and consisted of a city, an ostrog and a posad surrounded by gaps. The city housed a cathedral, a voivode's (warlord or military leader's) house, government buildings and courts for the boyar children; the prison consisted of gunners' yards, a blacksmith, and two parish churches near the prison towers. In the posad was a sloboda. In 1636, Oryol was rebuilt by the voivode B. Koltovsky; it expanded with annexation of land beyond the Oka. Oryol remained a fortress city with a corresponding garrison; Pushkarskaya Sloboda was still located in the prison, boyar children and nobles settled on the left bank of the Orlik, and a Cossack sloboda developed near the Oka. Oryol lost its military character after the 1689 fire, when the partially-burned city fortress was not rebuilt.
In central Oryol, streets fan out from the fortress; two main axes are the Upper and Lower Korchak Roads. Opposite the fortress was probably a second marketplace in the Zaotsk section, where the dragoon settlements had a relatively-regular layout along the river. Away from the river, the grid becomes a fan. The city – its fortress, three marketplaces, two monasteries and a number of parish churches – was developed from the river. Its structure was visible from the Oka: the central fortress, the fan-shaped center and the grid of the Zaotsk settlements. The city was connected by bridges, making Oryol a military fortress and a trade center.
The city's earliest plans, by Mikhail Buzovlev and Petr Botvinev, date to 1728. A 1778 plan fixed its radial layout, and a radial-semicircular system was proposed the following year. In 1848, a new plan including Polesskaya Square was approved.
Oryol's modern layout was developed in 1939 by Suborov, an architect at the Leningrad branch of Giprogor. The first post-war reconstruction plan was made in Lengiprogor under the direction of architect V. A. Gaikovich. Oryol's development required a new general plan, which was drawn up in 1958 by V. A. Gaikovich and A. M. Suborov of Lengiprogor. The city's center was Lenin Square, on which the House of Soviets was built in 1961. In 1966, construction of flood-control embankments in the central city began.
Oryol has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb). Winters are moderately cold and changeable. The first half is softer, second with often warmings. Summers are warm, in separate years — they can be rainy or hot and droughty.
|Climate data for Oryol|
|Record high °C (°F)||8.0
|Average high °C (°F)||−3.7
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−6.3
|Average low °C (°F)||−9
|Record low °C (°F)||−33.5
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||43
|Average snowfall cm (inches)||15
|Average precipitation days||23||20||17||12||10||11||8||8||11||14||17||24||175|
|Average relative humidity (%)||84||81||75||65||64||69||71||69||77||82||86||87||76|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||34.1||67.2||133.3||186.0||269.7||273.0||288.3||275.9||168.0||89.9||36.0||31.0||1,852.4|
Administrative and municipal status
Oryol is the administrative center of the oblast and, within the framework of administrative divisions, it also serves as the administrative center of Orlovsky District, even though it is not a part of it. As an administrative division, it is incorporated separately as the city of oblast significance of Oryol—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts. As a municipal division, the city of oblast significance of Oryol is incorporated as Oryol Urban Okrug.
Administratively, the city is divided into four districts:
- Severny (Северный) — population: 65,815 (2021)
- Sovetsky (Советский) — population: 74,315 (2021)
- Zheleznodorozhny (Железнодорожный) — population: 60,278 (2021)
- Zavodskoy (Заводской) — population: 103,288 (2021) (the biggest, oldest, and most populous)
In February 2012, the city duma abolished the direct election of mayor. In December 2013, a referendum was held and 71% of the people supported the return of direct mayoral election.
- 1991–1997: Alexander Kislyakov
- 1997–2002: Yefim Velkovsky
- 2002–2006: Vasily Uvarov
- 2006–2009: Alexander Kasyanov
- 2009–2010: Vasily Eremin
- 2010–2012: Viktor Safianov
- 2012–2015: Sergey Stupin
- 2015–2020: Vasily Novikov
- 2020–present: Yuri Parakhin
- 2012–2015: Mikhail Bernikov
- 2015–2017: Andrey Usikov
- 2017–2020: Alexander Muromsky
|1897 Census||70 000|
|1926 Census||76 000|
|1939 Census||110 564|
|1959 Census||151 521|
|1970 Census||232 216|
|1979 Census||304 971|
|1989 Census||336 862|
|2002 Census||333 310|
|2010 Census||317 747|
|Estimate 2021||303 696|
According to the Federal State Statistics Service, in January 2020 the number of residents came to 308 838. It is the 66th place among 1117 cities of Russia for 2019.
Largest ethnic groups in 2010:
- Russians (96,8%)
- Ukrainians (1,1%)
- Armenians (0,4%)
- Belarusians (0,3%)
- Azerbaijanis (0,2%)
- Tatars (0,1%)
- Jews (0,1%)
The city has trolley, tram and bus systems. These kinds of public transport cover the entire territory of the city. Each bus, tram and trolley is equipped with route indicators that inform about the route through the city, designated stops. There are also taxis and rental cars.
In past years, in the summer on the Oka River waterbus operated as a form of transport excursion and walking orientation.
In the Oryol converge important highways of federal and regional values:
The main intercity terminal: Oryol Bus Station
On 29 October 1968, a regular movement was opened. Length of the contact network 76.51 km (47.54 mi). There are 4 routes for 2019.
The main terminals: Oryol Station, Station Luzhki-Oryol.
On November 3, 1898 Oryol inaugurated an electric tram. The draft was prepared by the Belgian entrepreneur FF Gilon and firm «Compagnie mutuelle de tramways», which won the right to build not only a tram, but also lighting in the city. Oryol tram is one of the oldest electric tram systems in Russia. It is 1 year older than Moscow and 9 years — St. Petersburg. In 2017, the length of the lines in double-track calculation was 18.3 km (11.4 mi). For 2019, there are 3 routes, which are operated: Tatra T3 (74 units), Tatra T6B5 (13 units), 71-403 (1 unit), 71-405 (1 unit).
The city is served by the Oryol Yuzhny Airport, which is currently not working.
Twin towns – sister cities
- Leonid Andreyev, writer
- Mikhail Bakhtin, literary critic
- Fedor Baranov, fisheries scientist
- Denis Boytsov, boxer
- Felix Dzerzhinsky, security chief
- Afanasy Fet, poet
- Nikolai Getman, painter and Gulag survivor
- Timofey Granovsky, historian
- Vasily Kalinnikov (1866-1901), composer
- Yakov Kasman, pianist
- Anna Petrovna Kern, socialite
- Stanislav Lebamba, association football player
- Nikolai Leskov, novelist
- Denis Menchov, cyclist
- Artem Mikoyan, founder of the MiG aircraft manufacturer
- Fritz Noether, mathematician
- Nikolai Polikarpov, aviation designer
- Yevgeni Preobrazhensky, statesman
- Vladimir Karlovich Roth, neuropathologist
- Valerian Safonovich, statesman
- Aleksandr Selikhov, footballer
- Alexey Stakhanov, celebrated miner/engineer
- Pyotr Stolypin, statesman
- Yakov Sverdlov, Bolshevik revolutionary
- Ivan Turgenev, novelist and playwright
- Aleksey Yermolov, military general
- Gennady Zyuganov, politician
- Vladimir Pikul, composer and pianist
- Yulia Bravikova, rhythmic gymnast
- Maksymilian Stratanowski, painter
- Law #522-OZ
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- "Результат запроса". www.gks.ru. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
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- Law #467-OZ
- Law #466-OZ
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- "Oriol, Russia". Geographical Names. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
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- "В Орле голосуют за возвращение прямых выборов мэра". Rossiyskaya Gazeta. December 10, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
- Train Station in Oryol (in Russian) Archived March 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- "Партнерские связи". orel-adm.ru (in Russian). Oryol. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
- David Lodge, After Bakhtin: Essays on Fiction and Criticism, London & New York: Routledge, 1990, p. 1
- Орловский областной Совет народных депутатов. Закон №522-ОЗ от 6 июля 2005 г. «Об административно-территориальном устройстве Орловской области», в ред. Закона №1187-ОЗ от 1 апреля 2011 г «О внесении изменений в законодательные акты Орловской области». Вступил в силу с момента официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Орловская правда", №116, 13 июля 2005 г. (Oryol Oblast Council of People's Deputies. Law #522-OZ of July 6, 2005 On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Oryol Oblast, as amended by the Law #1187-OZ of April 1, 2011 On Amending the Legislative Acts of Oryol Oblast. Effective as of the moment of the official publication.).
- Орловский областной Совет народных депутатов. Закон №467-ОЗ от 28 декабря 2004 г. «О статусе и границе города Орла как муниципального образования Орловской области», в ред. Закона №1059-ОЗ от 11 мая 2010 г «О внесении изменений в Закон Орловской области "О статусе и границе города Орла Орловской области"». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Орловская правда", №233, 30 декабря 2004 г. (Oryol Oblast Council of People's Deputies. Law #467-OZ of December 28, 2004 On the Status and Borders of the City of Oryol as a Municipal Formation of Oryol Oblast, as amended by the Law #1059-OZ of May 11, 2010 On Amending the Law of Oryol Oblast "On the Status and Borders of the City of Oryol of Oryol Oblast". Effective as of the day of the official publication.).
- Орловский областной Совет народных депутатов. Закон №466-ОЗ от 28 декабря 2004 г. «О статусе, границах и административных центрах муниципальных образований на территории Орловского района Орловской области», в ред. Закона №1327-ОЗ от 2 марта 2012 г. «О внесении изменений в Закон Орловской области "О статусе, границах и административных центрах муниципальных образований на территории Орловского района Орловской области" и признании утратившими силу отдельных положений Закона Орловской области "О внесении изменений в Закон Орловской области "О статусе, границах и административных центрах муниципальных образований на территории Орловского района Орловской области"». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Орловская правда", №233, 30 декабря 2004 г. (Oryol Oblast Council of People's Deputies. Law #466-OZ of December 28, 2004 On the Status, Borders, and Administrative Centers of the Municipal Formations on the Territory of Orlovsky District of Oryol Oblast, as amended by the Law #1327-OZ of March 2, 2012 On Amending the Law of Oryol Oblast "On the Status, Borders, and Administrative Centers of the Municipal Formations on the Territory of Orlovsky District of Oryol Oblast" and on Rescinding Parts of the Law of Oryol Oblast "On Amending the Law of Oryol Oblast "On the Status, Borders, and Administrative Centers of the Municipal Formations on the Territory of Orlovsky District of Oryol Oblast". Effective as of the day of the official publication.).