|Ярославская область (Russian)|
|— Oblast —|
|Established||March 11, 1936|
|Government (as of March 2011)|
|- Governor||Sergey Vakhrukov|
|- Legislature||Oblast Duma|
|Area (as of the 2002 Census)|
|- Total||36,400 km2 (14,054.1 sq mi)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|- Density||34.96 /km2 (90.5 /sq mi)|
|Time zone(s)||MSK (UTC+04:00)|
Yaroslavl Oblast (Russian: Яросла́вская о́бласть, Yaroslavskaya oblast) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast), which is located in the Central Federal District, surrounded by Tver, Moscow, Ivanovo, Vladimir, Kostroma, and Vologda Oblasts. This geographic location affords the oblast the advantages of proximity to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Additionally, the administrative center of the oblast—the city of Yaroslavl—is an intersection of major highways, railroads, and waterways. Population: 1,272,468 (2010 Census).
The climate is moderate continental, with snowy winters and a short but rather hot summer. Formerly almost all territory was covered with thick conifer forest (fir, pine), but now a large portion of it has been replaced with birch-and-aspen secondary forests and crop fields. Swamps also take considerable areas.
A great number of wild birds live and nest in the oblast.
The Volga River flows through Yaroslavl Oblast, with two major dams constructed at Uglich and Rybinsk. The Rybinsk Reservoir, filled between 1941 and 1947, is one of the largest in Europe; its filling flooded the town of Mologa and several hundreds of villages, necessitating the relocation of some 150,000 in Yaroslavl, Vologda, and Kalinin (now Tver) Oblasts.
First people settled in the area of the modern day Yaroslavl Oblas during the Paleolithic Era with the end of the last glacial period. Agriculture was introduced in the region not later than the beginning of the 2nd millenium BC with the arrival of the Fatyanovo–Balanovo culture. The earliest historically known inhabitants of the Yaroslavl region were the Volga Finnic Merya people who came into close contact with Balto-Slavic tribes of Krivichs and Slovens since the 9-10th centuries and eventually blended into a single cultural community with other people of the Kievan Rus'.
Early medieval Rus'
The oblast belonged to the core of the Russian lands since the early middle ages. Rostov, the oldest city in the region, was first mentioned in 862. It soon became the main political and religious (the Rostov eparchy established in 991 was one of the earlies in Russia) centers of the North-East of Kievan Rus'. Many notable Rurikid princes had their fief in Rostov, among them were St. Boris and Yaroslav the Wise, the founder of the city of Yaroslavl.
In 1054 Rostov and other North-Eastern lands were inherited by Yaroslav's son Vsevolod who also ruled the southern Principality of Pereyaslavl. Remaining in their distant capital the princes of Pereyaslavl had to rule the province through his viceregents. That period was most memorable for the 1071 smerd rebellion led by still powerful magi of Yarsolavl during which bishop Leontius of Rostov was murdered.
In early 12th century Rostov got its own prince, Yuri Dolgoruky, the grandson of Vsevolod. He moved his capital to Suzdal in 1125 diminishing the influence of Rostov as a result. During his reign Dolgoruky founded many major cities of the North-East Rus, those include Pereslavl, Uglich and Romanov of the modern day Yaroslavl Oblast. Prince Andrey Bogolyubsky who succeeded his father Yury as a ruler of the Rostov-Suzdal lands in 1157 was the first Russian ruler to give up his claims for the thrones of Kiev and Pereyaslavl. He proclaimed himself a Grand Prince and moved his capital to the city of Vladimir near Suzdal marking the beginning of history of the Vladimir-Suzdal Principality.
After the death of Andrey's brother Vsevolod the Big Nest in 1212 Russian North-East entered a continuos stage of feudal fragmentation. Rostov, Yaroslavl, Pereslavl and Uglich became principalities on their own right still recognizing formal suzerainty of the Grand Princes of Vladimir.
Tatar Yoke era
North-Eastern Rus was attacked by the Mongol-Tatar armies in winter of 1238. Pereslavl was struggling for five days and lost most of its population, Rostov and Uglich fell without a fight. Grand Prince Yuri II of Vladimir was killed along with his nephews, princes of Rostov and Yaroslavl, in the Battle of the Sit River in the northern part of the region. Vladimir-Suzdal domain was obliged to pay tribute to the conquerors and recognize their political will.
During the 13th and 14the centuries Rostov and Yaroslavl principalities continued to split up and weaken. It made them an easy target for other powerful princes and first of all the House of Moscow. In 1302 Ivan of Pereslavl bequeathed his principality to Daniel of Moscow. In 1328 Ivan I of Moscow bought out the Uglich principality. Starting with 1332 Muscovites began to acquire parts of the Rostov Principality little by little completely subduing it by the middle of the 15th century. In 1380 soldiers of the Rostov and Yaroslavl principalities joined the allied army of Moscow prince Dmitry Donskoy in the Battle of Kulikovo.
The gathering of the Russian lands in the Yaroslavl Oblast was completed by Ivan III the Great. In 1463 he forced the last prince of Yaroslavl, Alexander Bryukhaty, to sell out all of his possessions, in 1474 he bought the rest of the territories that still were co-owned with Moscow by the house of Rostov.
In the 16th century Yaroslavl became a major trade center connecting Central Russia with the lower regions of Volga and Arkhangelsk, the main trading outpost of the British Muscovy Company. At the same time Rostov remained to be a center of the richest and one of the most influential eparchies of the Russian Orthodox Church. Rostov archbishops were granted a metropolitan status in 1589.
During the Time of Troubles of the early 17th century Rostov and Yaroslavl provinces were heavily raided by the rebel forces of False Dmitry II and his Polish–Lithuanian allies. In 1609–1610 the invaders were driven out by a Russian militia of Gagarin and Vysheslavtsev who gathered their forces in Vologda. In the late 1614 norhtern part of the region (Poshekhonye) were terrorized by a rogue cossack unit led by ataman Baloven. Next year surrounding areas of Uglich and Romanov were reached by the notorious Polish–Lithuanian Lisowczycy raiders. In 1618 taking its part in the Polish invasion of Russia Zaporozhian Cossacks of hetman Sahaidachny captured Yaroslavl, Pereslavl and Romanov.
Later in the 17th century thanks to active commercial growth occuring in the area Yaroslavl became more important than ever. By the middle of the century it was the second biggest Russian city with population of 15 thousands people. Since 1692 Pereslavl and Rostov finally get subjected directly to Yaroslavl. In 1719 after a new administrative reform territories of the modern oblast were separated between the Yaroslavl and Uglich Provinces of the Saint Petersburg Governorate and Pereslavl and Kostroma Provinces of the Moscow Governorate. In 1727 Yaroslavl and Uglich were also handled to Moscow.
Yaroslavl Oblast was established on March 11, 1936.
- Births: 15 144 (11.9 per 1000)
- Deaths: 20 141 (15.9 per 1000) 
- Total fertility rate: 1.63(e)
Ethnic composition (2010):
- Russians - 96%
- Ukrainians - 0.8%
- Armenians - 0.6%
- Azeris - 0.4%
- Tatars - 0.4%
- Ezids - 0.3%
- Belarusians - 0.2%
- Others - 1.3%
- 51,001 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.
- Average: 63 years
- Males: 57 years
- Females: 71 years
According to a 2012 official survey 32.6% of the population of Yaroslavl Oblast adheres to the Russian Orthodox Church, 5% are unaffiliated generic Christians, 2% follows other Orthodox Churches, and 1% are Muslims. In addition, 34% of the population deems itself to be "spiritual but not religious", 15% is atheist, and 10.4% follows other religions or did not give an answer to the question.
The engineering and metalworking industry is the region's primary industrial sector, which supplies Russia with a wide variety of products. This industry is actively involved in foreign economic relations with CIS and other foreign countries.
Yaroslavl Oblast's greatest natural resources are water and forests. This part of Russia has enormous water reserves; Yaroslavl Oblast has 4327 rivers with a total length of nearly 20,000km. There are also 83 lakes with total area of nearly 5,000 km2. The largest lakes are Nero Lake in Rostovsky District and Pleshcheevo Lake in Pereslavsky District. Pleshcheevo, Somino, Vashutinskoe, Chashnikovskoe, Ryumnikovskoe, and Lovetskoe lakes are located in the State Natural History Park. These lakes were formed from melting glaciers about 70,000 years ago. The region's mineral resource base includes brick clay and clay aggregate, gravel and sand-gravel mix, peat, and sapropel.
The oblast. is divided into 16 districts and includes 11 cities, 17 towns, and 227 rural settlements.
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- 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.
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