Agin-Buryat Autonomous Okrug

Agin-Buryat Autonomous Okrug (Buryat: Агын Буряадай автономито тойрог) was a federal subject of the Russian Federation. On 1 March 2008, the region merged with Chita Oblast (which it was surrounded by) to form the new Zabaykalsky Krai. The territory of the former ABAO is now the Agin-Buryat Okrug of Zabaykalsky Krai, in which it has a special status.

Agin-Buryat Autonomous Okrug
Агинский Бурятский автономный округ (Russian)
Агын Буряадай автономито тойрог (Buryat)
Autonomous okrug of the Russian SFSR
Coat of arms of Agin-Buryat Autonomous Okrug
Coat of arms
Russia - Agin-Buryat Autonomous Okrug (2008-01).svg
Golden Land, Hurrah!
• 2010
19,592 km2 (7,565 sq mi)
• 2010
 • TypeFederated state
• 1997 – 2008
Bair Zhamsuyev
• Established
7 October 1977
• Disestablished
1 March 2008
Contained within
 • Federal districtSiberian
 • Economic regionEast Siberian
Succeeded by
Agin-Buryat Okrug
Zabaykalsky Krai
Map of the Agin-Buryat_Autonomous_Okrug


Soviet UnionEdit

The district was first created in its modern form on 26 September 1937 as the Agin Buryat-Mongol National Okrug within Chita Oblast. Following the change of the ethnonym "Buryat-Mongol" to "Buryat" on 16 September 1958, the region was renamed to Agin-Buryat National Okrug, and became the Agin-Buryat Autonomous Okrug" on 7 October 1977.

Russian FederationEdit

From 31 March 1992, the district was both an independent federal subject of Russia and a part of Chita Oblast until it was abolished on 1 March 2008.[1][2]

Merging with Chita OblastEdit

Work on merging the region with Chita Oblast began in April 2006. The authorities of both regions sent a letter to president Vladimir Putin who supported this initiative to merge the two regions. The merger referendum was held on 11 March 2007.

In Agin-Buryat Autonomous Okrug, 94% (38,814 people) supported the merger, 5.16% (2,129 people) were against. 82.95% of the population of the autonomous okrug took part in the referendum.[3]

In Chita Oblast, 90.29% (535,045 people) supported the merger, 8.89% (52,698 people) were against. 72.82% of the population of the oblast took part in the referendum.[4]

As a result of the majority of voters in both regions supporting the unification of the two regions, Zabaykalsky Krai was formed on 1 March 2008.

Administrative divisionsEdit

The autonomous okrug had three districts:


  1. ^ "Сведения о проводящихся выборах и референдумах". Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  2. ^ "Сведения о проводящихся выборах и референдумах". Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  3. ^ "Referendum results, Agin-Buryat Autonomous Okrug".
  4. ^ "Referendum results, Chita Oblast".

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