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Moscow Oblast ( , Moskovskaya oblast), or Podmoskovye ( , Podmoskovye) is a federal subject of Russiamarker (an oblast). Its area, at 45,900 km², is relatively small comparing to other federal subjects, but it is one of the most densely populated regions in the country and the second most populous federal subject (population 6,618,538 as of the 2002 Census)—only surpassed by the federal city of Moscowmarker which, although an enclave of the Oblast, is a separate federal subject.

Moscow Oblast is highly industrialized with its main industrial branches being metallurgy, oil refining, and mechanical engineering, food, energy and chemical industries.


The oblast was established within the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic on January 14, 1929 as Central Industrial Oblast ( ) from the abolished Moscow, Ryazan, Tula, and Tver Governorates, as well as from the parts of Kaluga and Vladimir Governorates. On June 3, 1929 the oblast was given its present name.

In September 1937, the oblast was split into Moscow, Ryazan, and Tula Oblasts, thus establishing itself in its present borders.


Moscow oblast borders Tver Oblast (N), Yaroslavl Oblast (at one point NE), Vladimir Oblast (E), Ryazan Oblast (SE), Tula Oblast (S), Kaluga Oblastmarker (SW), Smolensk Oblastmarker (W), and the City of Moscowmarker (center), which does not belong to the oblast but is a federal subject in its own right.

Law and government

The current Governor of Moscow Oblast is Boris Gromov; Vice Governor is Alexey Panteleyev.

Time zone

Moscow oblast is located in the Moscow Time Zone (MSK/MSD). UTC offset is +0300 (MSK)/+0400 (MSD).

Administrative divisions


Population: According to the (2002 Census), the population of the oblast was 6,618,538.

Ethnic groups: There were twenty-one recognised ethnic groups of more than two thousand persons each, and the national composition was as follows:

There are also many other ethnic groups of less than two thousand persons each.

In addition, 2.60% of the inhabitants declined to state their nationality on the census questionnaire.

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