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First-level administrative division of Russia

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Republic in Russia

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Republic of Bashkortostan
Башҡортостан Республикаһы (Bashkir)
Республика Башкортостан (Russian)
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Башҡортостан Республикаһының Дәүләт гимны
Başqortostan Respublikahınıñ Dәwlәt gimnı
State Anthem of the Republic of Bashkortostan[2]

Location of Republic of Bashkortostan
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Country Russia
Federal district[1] Volga
Economic region[3] Ural
Capital Ufa[4]

 • Type State Assembly-Kurultay[5]
 • Head[5] Radiy Khabirov[6]

 • Total 142,947 km2 (55,192 sq mi)

 • Total Increase 4,091,423
 • Rank 7th
 • Density 28.62/km2 (74.1/sq mi)
 • Urban

 • Rural

Time zone UTC+5 (MSK+2[9])
ISO 3166 code RU-BA
Vehicle registration 02, 102, 702
Official language(s) Bashkir[10] • Russian[11]

Bashkortostan (Bashkir: Башҡортостан; Russian: Башкортостан), officially the Republic of Bashkortostan,[note 1] also known as Bashkiria,[note 2] is a republic of Russia between the Volga and the Ural Mountains in Eastern Europe. The republic borders Perm Krai to the north, Sverdlovsk Oblast to the northeast, Chelyabinsk Oblast to the east, Orenburg Oblast to the south, Tatarstan to the west and Udmurtia to the northwest. It covers 143,600 square kilometres (55,400 square miles) and has a population of 4 million. It is the seventh-most populous federal subject in Russia and the most populous republic.[13] Its capital and largest city is Ufa.

Bashkortostan was established on 28 November [O.S. 15 November] 1917.[14][15][16] On 20 March 1919 it was transformed into the Bashkir ASSR,[17] the first autonomous republic in the Russian SFSR.[18][19][20] On 11 October 1990, it adopted the Declaration of State Sovereignty. In the Constitution of Bashkortostan and Constitution of Russia, Bashkortostan is defined as a state.[21][22]


The name “Bashkortostan” derives from the name of the Bashkir ethnic group. While the root of the name is Turkic (being a combination of ‘baş‘, which in Turkish can mean head, chief, main, principal and “qurt” meaning wolf, one of the animals regarded as sacred to Turkic peoples);[23] the suffix -stan is Persian, common to many Eurasian territorial names. Bashkirs speak the Bashkir language, which belongs to the Kipchak branch of the Turkic language group.[24]


The first settlements in the territory of modern Bashkortostan date from the early Paleolithic period, but the Bronze Age spurred an upsurge in the population of this territory.[25] When people of the Abashevo culture started settling here, they possessed high skills in manufacturing bronze tools, weapons and decorations. They were the first to establish permanent settlements in the Southern Urals.

Bashkortostan takes its name from its native people, the Bashkirs. The Slavonic name of the country, Bashkiriya, formed at the end of the 16th century. Originally it appeared in the forms Bashkir land, Bashkir, Bashkirda and Bashkir horde. The ethnonym Bashkirs first became known in the 7th century. In the 10th century, Al-Balkhi wrote about Bashkirs as a people, divided into two groups, one of which inhabited the Southern Urals, while the other lived near the Danube River, close to the boundaries of Byzantium. His contemporary Ibn-Ruste described the Bashkirs as “an independent people, occupying territories on both sides of the Ural mountain ridge between Volga, Kama, Tobol and upstream of Yaik River”.

After the early-feudal Mongolian state had broken down in the 14th century, the territory of modern Bashkortostan became divided between the Kazan, the Siberia Khanates and the Nogai Horde. The tribes that lived there were headed by bi (tribal heads). After Kazan fell to Ivan the Terrible in 1554–1555, representatives of western and northwestern Bashkir tribes approached the Tsar with a request to voluntarily join Muscovy.[citation needed] The Bashkir rebellion of 1662–1664 and the Bashkir rebellion of 1704–1711 were primarily caused by the Russian government’s violations of the terms and conditions previously agreed between the Bashkirs and the Russian authorities.

The monument for the national hero of Bashkortostan, Salawat Yulayev, who led a rebellion against the Russian Empire.

Starting from the second half of the 16th century, Bashkiria’s territory began taking shape as a part of the Russian state. In 1798, the Spiritual Assembly of Russian Muslims was established, an indication that the tsarist government recognized the rights of Bashkirs, Tatars, and other Muslim nations to profess Islam and perform religious rituals. Ufa Governorate (guberniya), with a center in Ufa, was formed in 1865—another step toward territorial identification.

After the Russian Revolution of 1917 were the All-Bashkir Qoroltays (conventions), which required a decision on the need to create a national federal republic within Russia. As a result, on 28 November 1917, the Bashkir Regional (Central) Shuro (Council) proclaimed the establishment of territorial and national autonomy in areas of Orenburg, Perm, Samara, and Ufa provinces with a predominantly Bashkir population.

In December 1917, delegates to the All-Bashkir (constituent) Congress, representing the interests of the population edge of all nationalities, voted unanimously for the resolution (Farman #2) of the Bashkir regional Shuro for the proclamation of national-territorial autonomy (of the Republic) Bashkurdistan. The congress formed the government of Bashkurdistan, the Pre-parliament—Kese-Qoroltay and other bodies of power and administration, and decisions were made on how to proceed.

In March 1919, based on the agreements of the Russian Government, the Bashkir Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic was formed. During the Soviet period, Bashkiria was granted broad autonomous rights, the first among other Russian regions. The administrative structure of the Bashkir ASSR was based on principles similar to those of other autonomous republics of Russia.

On 11 October 1990, the Supreme Soviet of the Republic adopted the declaration on state sovereignty of the Bashkir ASSR.[26] On 25 February 1992, the Bashkir ASSR was renamed the Republic of Bashkortostan.[27]

On 31 March 1992, a Federative Compact “On separation of authorities and powers among federal organs of power of the Russian Federation and the organs of power of the Republic of Bashkortostan” was signed. On 3 August 1994,[28] a Compact “On separation of authorities and mutual delegating of powers among the organs of power of the Russian Federation and the organs of power of the Republic of Bashkortostan” was signed, granting the republic autonomy. This agreement was unilaterally abolished on 7 July 2005.[29]


Bashkortostan contains part of the southern Urals and the adjacent plains.


Nugush River

There are over 13,000 rivers in the republic. Many rivers are part of the deepwater transportation system of European Russia; they provide access to ports of the Baltic and Black seas.

Major rivers include:


Lake Asylykül

There are 2,700 lakes and reservoirs in the republic. Major lakes and reservoirs include:


Iremel Mount

The Republic contains part of the southern Urals, which stretch from the northern to the southern border. The highest mountains include:

Natural resources[edit]

Bashneft oil pumps
Quarry near Sibay

The Republic of Bashkortostan is one of Russia’s most mineral-rich territories. With a large share Russian oil reserves, the region is a principal site of extraction. Other major resources are natural gas, coal, ferrous metal ores, manganese, chromite, and more.

The republic has enough mineral resources to provide its own power and fuel. Additionally, the region has enough raw materials to support a variety of industries, from metallurgy to glass-making.

Bashkortostan is a major source of materials used in non-ferrous metallurgy. The republic has good deposits of lignite with a high degree of bitumen. This lignite can be used for obtaining a variety of different chemical products like resins, surface-active substances, gummy fertilizers, and other stimulants for plant growth. Deposits of raw materials used in mining are also significant in the region.

Bashkortostan is also rich in woodlands. Over one-third of its territory, or 62,000 square kilometres (24,000 sq mi), is wooded. The following types of trees dominate: birch, conifers, lime, oak, and maple. The general stock of timber has been estimated as 717.9 million m3. Bashkortostan forests have special sanctuaries and national parks. They cover more than 10,000 square kilometres (3,900 sq mi).

Bashkortostan is also rich in springs that provide drinking water.

The Asselian Age at the start of the Permian Period of geological time is named after the Assel River in Bashkortostan.[30]


  • Average annual temperature: +0.3 °C (32.5 °F) (mountains) to +2.8 °C (37.0 °F) (plains)
  • Average January temperature: −16 °C (3 °F)
  • Average July temperature: +18 °C (64 °F)
The ski resort “Abzakovo” in Abzelilovsky District. October 2009.
Morning fog in Ishimbaysky District

Administrative divisions[edit]


Building of the Government of the Republic also known as Bashkir White House

The head of the government of the Republic of Bashkortostan is called the Head (before 1 January 2015 the title was “President”[31]). According to the Constitution, the Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan guarantees rights and liberties to the country’s people and citizens, protects the economic and political interests of the Republic of Bashkortostan, and secures legitimacy, law, and order within its territory.

Since 11 October 2018, the Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan has been Radiy Khabirov. He was first appointed as acting head by Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2019 he was elected after winning 82% of the vote in the 2019 Bashkir head election. The next election will be in 2024. Before his current role, Radiy Khabirov was the Head of Krasnogorsk, Moscow Oblast. His predecessor was Rustem Khamitov, the leader after 19 July 2010. He resigned on 11 October 2018 ahead of the election because he decided to not run for reelection.[32]

The Republic’s parliament is the State Assembly—Kurultai, popularly elected every five years. The one-chamber State Assembly has 110 deputies.

Bashkortostan’s leader Radiy Khabirov with Russian President Vladimir Putin, 26 August 2019

The Republic’s Constitution was adopted on 24 December 1993. Article 1 of the Constitution stipulates that Bashkortostan is a sovereign state within Russia, it has state power beyond the limits of the authority of the Russian Federation and the powers of the Russian Federation concerning the aspect of the joint authority of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Bashkortostan. The Republic of Bashkortostan is a full-fledged subject of the Russian Federation on equal and agreed bases.[citation needed]

The relations of the Republic of Bashkortostan and the Russian Federation are based on the articles of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Constitution of the Republic of Bashkortostan, the Federative Treaty (with amendments) and the Agreement on Separation of authorities and powers and mutual delegating of powers among the organs of state power of the Republic of Bashkortostan.

The judicial power of the republic is in the hands of the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, District Courts, and justices of the peace.

In full accord with universally recognized principles of international law, articles of the European Charter of Local Self-Government and the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Republic of Bashkortostan ensures in its Constitution that local self-government is recognized and guaranteed within the republic’s territory.[citation needed]

The Republic of Bashkortostan resolves all issues of administrative-territorial structure on its own. The list of districts and towns, municipalities, as well as the order of establishing, amending and changing borders of municipalities and their names, are stipulated by the Republic of Bashkortostan law “On administrative-territorial structure of the Republic of Bashkortostan and territory of municipalities”.

The state has strong economic and cultural ties with its western neighbour, the Republic of Tatarstan.[33][34][35]


Tyupkildy wind park
Sunflower field in Ishimbaysky District. Bashkortostan has a developed agriculture

Bashkortostan is one of the Russian Federation’s most developed regions in terms of its cross-regional output, the volume of industrial production, agricultural production, and investment in fixed assets.

The region’s largest companies include Bashneft, Ufa Engine Industrial Association (part of United Engine Corporation), Peton Holding, Bashkhim, Ufaorgsintez, Beloretsk Iron and Steel Works.[36]

The extraction of crude oil in Bashkiria began in 1932. with major deposits first discovered in 1943. During the Great Patriotic War, Bashkiria became one of the major regions of the Soviet Union to accommodate plants and factories evacuated from Western Russia, as well as great masses of people, while also providing the country with weaponry, fuel, and foodstuffs. After the war, several industries developed further in Bashkiria, such as mining (Bakr-Tay and Blyavinsky copper mines), machine-building and oil-refining. Bashkiria’s industry became a base for the further economic growth of all European outlying territories of Russia.

Bashkortostan has a diverse economy, including a large agricultural sector. But the republic’s most important industry is chemical processing. Bashkortostan produces more oil than any other region of Russia, about 26 million tons annually, and provides 17% of the country’s gasoline and 15% of its diesel fuel. Other important products manufactured in Bashkortostan include alcohols, pesticides, and plastics.

Bashkortostan’s gross regional product (GRP) in 2016 was 1.34 trillion rubles,[37] making the republic the subject with the ninth-highest GRP in Russia. The state had a positive trade balance, with $13.7 billion exported and $1.2 billion imported in 2013.[38] As much as 82.9% of enterprises in Bashkortostan are profitable,[39] higher than the nationwide average of 68.42%. Bashkortostan has been recognized as the region with the lowest economic risk.[40][41]

Bashkortostan is among the leaders in real estate development,[42] developed electric power industry[43] and tourism.[44]

Ufa was ranked by Forbes as among the best cities for business in Russia in 2013.[45]

Structure of GRP[edit]

GRP structure of Bashkortostan for 2013.[46]

Sector %
Manufacturing 36.2
Wholesale and retail trade 16.7
Transport and communications 7.3
Real estate transactions 7
Construction 6.9
Agriculture 6.5
Education 4.1
Healthcare and social services 4.1
State management and social insurance 3.8
Mining 2.8
Production of electricity, gas, water 2.4
Hotels and restaurants 1.1
Other 1.1


Geopark Toratau
Geopark Toratau

Tourism in the region is regulated by the Russian Federation. Efforts are underway to enhance tourism and hospitality in the northeast region. These initiatives are founded on the innovative scientific, educational, and industrial infrastructure of the Geopark “Yangan-Tau.”[47][48]



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Largest cities or towns in Bashkortostan

2010 Russian Census
Rank Name Administrative Division Pop.
1 Ufa Ufimsky District 1,062,319 Salavat
2 Sterlitamak Sterlitamaksky District 273,486
3 Salavat City of republic significance of Salavat 156,095
4 Neftekamsk City of republic significance of Neftekamsk 121,733
5 Oktyabrsky City of republic significance of Oktyabrsky 109,474
6 Beloretsk Beloretsky District 68,806
7 Tuymazy Tuymazinsky District 66,836
8 Ishimbay Ishimbaysky District 66,259
9 Kumertau Town of republic significance of Kumertau 62,851
10 Sibay Town of republic significance of Sibay 62,763
Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1897 1,991,000 —    
1926 2,545,165 +27.8%
1939 3,158,000 +24.1%
1959 3,341,609 +5.8%
1970 3,818,075 +14.3%
1979 3,848,627 +0.8%
1989 3,950,482 +2.6%
2002 4,104,336 +3.9%
2010 4,072,292 −0.8%
2021 4,091,423 +0.5%
Source: Census data
Bashkir village Brishtamak on the Inzer River
Life expectancy at birth in Bashkortostan

Ethnic groups[edit]

Bashkirs are the indigenous (autochthonal) peoples of Bashkortostan. According to the 2021 Census, the ethnic composition was:[49]

1920 Census 1926 Census 1939 Census 1959 Census 1970 Census 1979 Census 1989 Census 2002 Census 2010 Census 2021 Census1
Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number %
Bashkirs 807,213 40.13% 625,845 23.5% 671,188 21.2% 737,744 22.1% 892,248 23.4% 935,880 24.3% 863,808 21.9% 1,221,302 29.8% 1,172,287 29.5% 1,268,806 31.5%
Russians 794,131 39.48% 1,064,707 39.9% 1,281,347 40.6% 1,418,147 42.4% 1,546,304 40.5% 1,547,893 40.3% 1,548,291 39.3% 1,490,715 36.3% 1,432,906 36.1% 1,509,246 37.5%
Tatars 103,928 5.17% 461,871 17.3% 777,230 24.6% 768,566 23.0% 944,505 24.7% 940,436 24.5% 1,120,702 28.4% 990,702 24.1% 1,009,295 25.4% 974,533 24.2%
Mari 84,809 4.22% 79,298 3.0% 90,163 2.9% 93,902 2.8% 109,638 2.9% 106,793 2.8% 105,768 2.7% 105,829 2.6% 103,658 2.6% 84,988 2.1%
Chuvash 47,929 2.38% 84,886 3.2% 106,892 3.4% 109,970 3.3% 126,638 3.3% 122,344 3.2% 118,509 3.0% 117,317 2.9% 107,450 2.7% 79,950 2.0%
Udmurts 23,907 1.32% 23,256 0.9% 25,103 0.8% 25,388 0.8% 27,918 0.7% 25,906 0.7% 23,696 0.6% 22,625 0.6% 21,477 0.5% 17,149 0.4%
Ukrainians 57,024 2.84% 76,710 2.9% 99,289 3.1% 83,594 2.5% 76,005 2.0% 75,571 2.0% 74,990 1.9% 55,249 1.3% 39,875 1.0% 14,876 0.4%
Others 5,103 0.12% 249,263 9.3% 107,757 3.4% 104,298 3.1% 94,819 2.5% 87,445 2.3% 87,349 2.2% 96,231 2.3% 87,772 2.2% 75,819 1.9%
1 66,056 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.[50]


According to the 2021 Census, spoken languages: Russian (97%), Bashkir (23%) and Tatar (20%).[51]


Religion in Bashkortostan as of 2012 (Sreda Arena Atlas)[52][53]
Russian Orthodoxy
Other and undeclared
Atheism and irreligion
Other Christians
Mari religion and Rodnovery
Sufiya Mosque near Salavat

Islam is adhered to by a majority of the nation’s population[54] of Bashkir and Tatar descent. The Muslims of Bashkortostan follow the Sunni Hanafi school of Islamic law.

Most ethnic Russians, Chuvash, and Ukrainians are Orthodox Christians. Most Mari are Pagan. Non-religious people form a substantial part of any ethnic group in Bashkortostan. There are 13,000 Jews in the republic, with a historic synagogue in Ufa, and a new Jewish Community Center built in 2008.[55]

According to a 2012 Sreda survey of 56,900 people,[52] 58% of the population of Bashkortostan are Muslim, 17% adhere to the Russian Orthodox Church, 3% are unaffiliated generic Christians, 1% are Orthodox Christian believers without belonging to any church or members of other Orthodox churches, and 2% are adherents of the Slavic native faith (Rodnovery), the Mari native religion, Chuvash Vattisen Yaly or Tengrism. In addition, 4% of the population declare to be “spiritual but not religious”, 5% are atheist, and 7% follow other religions or did not give an answer to the question.[52] Note, however, that this survey has been criticized as biased. It was conducted by the service “Sreda”, which has ties to the Christian organizations.[56]

In 2010, there were over 1,000 mosques in Bashkortostan,[57] 200 Orthodox churches and 60 religious buildings of other confessions.[58]


School in Salavat

About sixty scientific organizations are active in the republic. Fundamental and applied scientific research is underway at 12 institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 29 institutes of different branches of industry, as well as numerous design bureaus and organizations, universities, and colleges.

The country’s system of popular education took shape over many centuries and reflects the Bashkir people’s folklore, national customs, and traditions. When Islam spread in Bashkiria in the 10th century, an educational system began to emerge gradually—primarily religious schools operated under the supervision of mosques (maktabeh and madrasah).

In addition, many institutions of higher education operate in the republic, including branches of 16 leading Russian universities and colleges. Specialists graduate with degrees in about 200 trades and professions.

Education is primarily in Russian and Bashkir.


Neftyanik Stadium

Russian Premier League football club FC Ufa is from Ufa. KHL team Salavat Yulaev Ufa plays in the city, as does Supreme Hockey League teams Toros Neftekamsk and HC Gornyak Uchaly, Minor Hockey League team Tolpar Ufa and Russian Women’s Hockey League team Agidel. Russian Volleyball Super League team Ural and volleyball team Samrau-UGNTU are from Ufa. Russian Handball Super League team Ugntu-VNZM and Russian Women’s Handball Super League team Ufa-Alisa are from Ufa. Formula One driver Daniil Kvyat hails from Ufa. It was decided in 2018 to revive bandy.[59][60][61] There are even preliminary plans for building an indoor arena.[62]


Bashkir State Academic Theater of Drama in Ufa

Bashkortostan is home to song and dance companies, a network of national theaters, museums, and libraries, and a number of annual folk festivals. The republic has seven Bashkir, four Russian, and two Tatar State Drama Theaters, a State Opera and Ballet Theater, a National Symphony Orchestra, “Bashkortostan” film studio, thirty philharmonic collectives, and the Bashkir State Folk Dance Ensemble.

The Bashkir School of Dance is well respected,[citation needed] with many students receiving international awards at competitions in Russia and other countries. World-renowned ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, as a child, was encouraged to dance in Bashkir folk performances, and began his dancing career in Ufa.

Bashkir literature is the literary tradition of the Republic of Bashkortostan.[63][64][65]

There are many museums in the Republic that chronicle the region’s history. The National Museum of the Republic of Bashkortostan, the Bashkir Nesterov Art Museum, the Museum of Archeology and Ethnography are the largest of them.

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  1. ^ /bɑːʃˈkɔːrtstæn/[citation needed]; Bashkir: Башҡортостан Республикаһы, romanizedBashqortostan Respublikahy;[12] Russian: Республика Башкортостан, romanizedRespublika Bashkortostan, .mw-parser-output .IPA-label-small{font-size:85%}.mw-parser-output .references .IPA-label-small,.mw-parser-output .infobox .IPA-label-small,.mw-parser-output .navbox .IPA-label-small{font-size:100%}Russian pronunciation: [rʲɪsˈpublʲɪkə bəʂkərtɐˈstan]
  2. ^ Russian: Башкирия, romanizedBashkiriya, Russian pronunciation: [bɐʂˈkʲirʲɪjə]


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