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Altai Krai

Altai Krai
Алтайский край (Russian)
—  Krai  —

Flag

Coat of arms
Anthem: None[1]
Coordinates:
Political status
Country Russia
Federal district Siberian[2]
Economic region West Siberian[3]
Established September 28, 1937[4]
Administrative center Barnaul
Government (as of October 2014)
 • Governor[5] Alexander Karlin[6]
 • Legislature Altai Krai Legislative Assembly[7]
Statistics
Area (as of the 2002 Census)[8]
 • Total 169,100 km2 (65,300 sq mi)
Area rank 22nd
Population (2010 Census)[9]
 • Total 2,419,755
 • Rank 21st
 • Density[10] 14.31/km2 (37.1/sq mi)
 • Urban 54.7%
 • Rural 45.3%
Population (January 2014 est.)
 • Total 2,390,638[11]
Time zone(s) OMST (UTC+06:00)[12]
ISO 3166-2 RU-ALT
License plates 22
Official languages Russian[13]
Official website

Altai Krai (Russian: Алта́йский край, tr. Altaysky kray; IPA: ) is a federal subject of Russia (a krai). It borders with, clockwise from the west, Kazakhstan, Novosibirsk and Kemerovo Oblasts, and the Altai Republic. The krai's administrative center is the city of Barnaul. As of the 2010 Census, the population of the krai was 2,419,755.[9]

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Administrative divisions 3
  • Politics 4
  • Demographics 5
    • Religion 5.1
  • Sister district 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
    • Notes 8.1
    • Sources 8.2
  • External links 9

Geography

Kulundra Steppes, Altai Krai. The east-west "spikes" are gentle folds in the surface rocks of the area; they lie slightly lower than the surrounding, lighter-toned agricultural lands. The dark zones are forested with pines and dotted with salt-rich lakes. The image shows a distance of a little more than 300 kilometers (200 miles) from left to right, and the forested spikes are nearly that length. Barnaul is at center right, on the Ob River.

Altai Krai has rolling foothills, grasslands, lakes, rivers, and mountains.[14]

The climate is severe with long cold dry winters and hot, usually dry summers. The region's main waterway is the Ob River. The Biya and Katun Rivers are also important. The biggest lakes are Lake Kulundinskoye, Lake Kuchukskoye, and Lake Mikhaylovskoye.[15]

Altai Krai has huge reserves of raw materials, especially materials used for building, as well as significant mineral reserves. These include nonferrous metals, lead and iron ores, manganese, tungsten, molybdenum, bauxite, and gold. Forests cover about 60,000 km² of the krai's land.[15] See also Geography of South-Central Siberia.

History

This area is part of a great crossroads in the ancient world.[16] Nomadic tribes crossed through the territory during periods of migration. The nomadic tribes were composed of different peoples. Archeological sites reveal that ancient humans lived in the area.[15] The Altay people are a Turkic people, some of whom have settled here, who were originally nomadic and date back to the 2nd millennium BCE.[17]

The Xiongnu Empire (209 BC-93 CE) governed the territory of modern Altai Krai. The identity of the ethnic core of Xiongnu has been a subject of varied hypotheses and proposals by scholars include Mongolic and Turkic. Altai Krai was part of the Mongolic Xianbei state (93-234), Rouran Khaganate (330-555), Mongol Empire (1206-1368), Golden Horde and Zunghar Khanate (1634-1758).[18]

Administrative divisions

Politics

Krai Administration seat in the Soviets Square, Barnaul

During the Soviet period, the high authority in the Krai was shared between three persons: The first secretary of the Altai CPSU Committee (who in reality had the most authority), the chairman of the Krai Soviet (legislative power), and the Chairman of the Krai Executive Committee (executive power). Since 1991, CPSU lost all the power, and the head of the Krai administration, and eventually the governor was appointed/elected alongside elected regional parliament.

The Charter of Altai Krai is the fundamental law of the region. The Legislative Assembly of Altai Krai is the province's regional 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 Krai 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 Krai administration supports the activities of the Governor who is the highest official and acts as guarantor of the observance of the krai Charter in accordance with the Constitution of Russia.

On August 7, 2005 the krai's then-head of administration Mikhail Yevdokimov died in a car crash.

Demographics

Population: 2,390,638 (2014 est.);[11] 2,419,755 (2010 Census);[9] 2,607,426 (2002 Census);[19] 2,822,305 (1989 Census).[20]

As of the 2010 Census,[9] Russians form an overwhelming majority of the population, at 94%. Germans are the second-largest group, at about 2% (see Mennonite settlements of Altai). Other groups include Ukrainians (1.4%), Kazakhs (0.3%), Tatars (0.3%), Belarusians (0.2%), Armenians (0.3%), and people of other ethnicities. Additionally, 40,984 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.[21]

  • Births: 30,739 (2011) [22]
  • Deaths: 35,114 (2011) [22]
Vital statistics for 2012
  • Births: 32 695 (13.6 per 1000)
  • Deaths: 35 030 (14.6 per 1000) [23]
  • Total fertility rate:[24]

2009 - 1.62 | 2010 - 1.63 | 2011 - 1.65 | 2012 - 1.81 | 2013 - 1.83 | 2014 - 1.83(e)

Religion





Religion in Altay Krai (2012)[25][26]

  Russian Orthodox (22.6%)
  Unaffiliated Christian (3%)
  Other Orthodox (1%)
  Muslim (1%)
  Spiritual but not religious (31%)
  Atheist (27%)
  Other or undeclared (14.4%)

According to a 2012 official survey[25] 22.6% of the population of Altay Krai adheres to the Russian Orthodox Church, 3% are unaffiliated generic Christians, 1% adheres to other Orthodox Churches, 1% to Islam. In addition, 31% of the population deems itself to be "spiritual but not religious", 27% is atheist, and 14.4% follows other religions or did not give an answer to the question.[25]

Sister district

See also

References

Notes

  1. ^ Article 6 of the Charter of Altai Krai states that the symbols of the krai include a flag and a coat of arm, but there is no provision for an anthem.
  2. ^ Президент Российской Федерации. Указ №849 от 13 мая 2000 г. «О полномочном представителе Президента Российской Федерации в федеральном округе». Вступил в силу 13 мая 2000 г. Опубликован: "Собрание законодательства РФ", №20, ст. 2112, 15 мая 2000 г. (President of the Russian Federation. Decree #849 of May 13, 2000 On the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in a Federal District. Effective as of May 13, 2000.).
  3. ^ Госстандарт Российской Федерации. №ОК 024-95 27 декабря 1995 г. «Общероссийский классификатор экономических регионов. 2. Экономические районы», в ред. Изменения №5/2001 ОКЭР. (Gosstandart of the Russian Federation. #OK 024-95 December 27, 1995 Russian Classification of Economic Regions. 2. Economic Regions, as amended by the Amendment #5/2001 OKER. ).
  4. ^ Resolution of September 28, 1937
  5. ^ Charter of Altai Krai, Article 78-1
  6. ^ Official website of Altai Krai. Biography of Alexander Bogdanovich Karlin (Russian)
  7. ^ Charter of Altai Krai, Article 67
  8. ^
  9. ^ a b c d
  10. ^ The density value was calculated by dividing the population reported by the 2010 Census by the area shown in the "Area" field. Please note that this value may not be accurate as the area specified in the infobox is not necessarily reported for the same year as the population.
  11. ^ a b Altai Krai Territorial Branch of the Federal State Statistics Service. Оценка численности населения на 1 января 2014 года и в среднем за 2013 год (Russian)
  12. ^ Правительство Российской Федерации. Федеральный закон №107-ФЗ от 3 июня 2011 г. «Об исчислении времени», в ред. Федерального закона №248-ФЗ от 21 июля 2014 г. «О внесении изменений в Федеральный закон "Об исчислении времени"». Вступил в силу по истечении шестидесяти дней после дня официального опубликования (6 августа 2011 г.). Опубликован: "Российская газета", №120, 6 июня 2011 г. (Government of the Russian Federation. Federal Law #107-FZ of June 31, 2011 On Calculating Time, as amended by the Federal Law #248-FZ of July 21, 2014 On Amending Federal Law "On Calculating Time". Effective as of after sixty days following the day of the official publication.).
  13. ^ Official on the whole territory of Russia according to Article 68.1 of the Constitution of Russia.
  14. ^
  15. ^ a b c
  16. ^
  17. ^
  18. ^ History of Mongolia, Volume II, 2003
  19. ^
  20. ^
  21. ^ Перепись-2010: русских становится больше. Perepis-2010.ru (2011-12-19). Retrieved on 2013-08-20.
  22. ^ a b Естественное движение населения в разрезе субъектов Российской Федерации. Gks.ru. Retrieved on 2013-08-20.
  23. ^ Естественное движение населения в разрезе субъектов Российской Федерации. Gks.ru. Retrieved on 2013-08-20.
  24. ^ Каталог публикаций::Федеральная служба государственной статистики. Gks.ru (2010-05-08). Retrieved on 2013-08-20.
  25. ^ a b c Arena - Atlas of Religions and Nationalities in Russia. Sreda.org
  26. ^ 2012 Survey Maps. "Ogonek", № 34 (5243), 27/08/2012. Retrieved 24-09-2012.
  27. ^ China and Russia sister cities

Sources

  • Алтайское краевое Законодательное Собрание. №3-ЗС 5 июня 1995 г. «Устав (основной закон) Алтайского края», в ред. Закона №19-ЗС от 3 апреля 2015 г. «О внесении изменений в Устав (Основной Закон) Алтайского края». Опубликован: "Алтайская правда", №100, 14 июня 1995 г. (Altai Krai Legislative Assembly. #3-ZS June 5, 1995 Charter (Basic Law) of Altai Krai, as amended by the Law #19-ZS of April 3, 2015 On Amending the Charter (Basic Law) of Altai Krai. ).
  • Центральный исполнительный комитет СССР. Постановление от 28 сентября 1937 г. «О разделении Западно-Сибирского края на Новосибирскую область и Алтайский край». (Central Executive Committee of the USSR. Resolution of September 28, 1937 On Splitting West Siberian Krai into Novosibirsk Oblast and Altai Krai. ).

External links

  • Official website of Altai Krai
  • Official website of Altai Krai (Russian)
  • Kommersant.com. Information about Altai Krai
  • Library of Congress Russian (pdf)
  • History of Altai Krai
  • Altai: a living spirit
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