Stories of Kostroma Oblast

Kostroma Oblast

Russia

Kostroma Oblast (Russian: Костромска́я о́бласть, Kostromskaya oblast) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast). Its administrative center is the city of Kostroma.

Major historic towns include Kostroma, Sharya, Nerekhta, Galich, Soligalich, and Makaryev. Textile industries have existed there since the early 18th century. The Oblast was detached from Yaroslavl Oblast in 1944.

The governor of the Oblast was Viktor Shershunov from 1997 until his death in a car crash on September 20, 2007. Igor Slyunyayev is the current Governor.

From c. 300 CE the whole current area of Kostroma with the exception of the area east of the River Unzha was part of the historical lands of Finno-Ugric peoples such as the Merya and their loose tribal confederation. There were at least 109 Merya settlements located in the area. The most important trading centers and hill fortresses were recorded by the Russians as they founded towns in the late 9th to 12th centuries.

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

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