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First posted on May 8th 2008

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History and Administrative Division . In 1928 Kursk Gubernia became part of Central Black Soil Oblast. The latter was partitioned in 1934 into Kursk and Voronezh Oblast. In 1937 Oryol Oblast was formed, carving territory out of Kursk Oblast. During World War II (1941-1943) Kursk Oblast was occupied by German troops and suffered severe destruction; in the Battle of Kursk 1943 the Red Army stopped an attempted German summer offensive in its beginnings. In 1944 Kursk Oblast ceded 5 districts to Oryol Oblast. In 1954 Belgorod Oblast was established, her territory carved out ot Kursk Oblast; since 1954, the borders of Kursk Oblast have not changed.
Kursk Oblast borders on Bryansk and Oryol Oblast in the north, on Lipetsk and Voronezh Oblast in the east, on Belgorod Oblast in the south and on Ukraine in the west. Kursk Oblast is divided in 28 districts (rayons).

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Article Kursk Oblast, Administrative Division of Kursk Oblast, from Wikipedia
Structurae : Kursk Oblast
Article Kurskaya Oblast, from Wikipedia Russian edition
DOCUMENTS Historical Population Statistics by Administrative Division : Russia, from : Population Statistics
Flag, from FOTW
Coat of Arms, from Vector Images, from Civic Heraldry
Archives in the Russian Federation, scroll down for Kursk Oblast
Map of Administrative Division, posted by R. Daward
Maplandia : Kurskaya Oblast
REFERENCE Kursk Oblast, pp.168-169, in : Europa Publications, The Territories of the Russian Federation, London : Europa 1st ed. 1999 [G]

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