Definition of oblast in English:


Line breaks: ob¦last
Pronunciation: /ˈɒblast


  • An administrative division or region in Russia and the former Soviet Union, and in some constituent republics of the former Soviet Union.
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    • In the 1990s, governors of oblasts (administrative units roughly comparable to states) and presidents of republics acquired significant political autonomy.
    • Ukraine has twenty-four administrative units - oblasts - almost all named for their capitals.
    • McLure tells us that the Siberian oblast of Tyumen, with 2 percent of Russia's people, yields 65 percent of Russia's oil.



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