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Baranavichy Voblast, Baranovichi Oblast or Baranavichy Region (Belarusian: Баранавіцкая вобласць; Russian: Барановичская область) was a region (voblast) of the Byelorussian SSR created after the annexation of Western Belorussia into the Byelorussian SSR in November 1939. The administrative centre of the voblast was the city of Baranavichy.
Belarusian: Баранавіцкая вобласць
Russian: Барановичская область
|Voblast of Byelorussian SSR|
Baranavichy Voblast (red) on the map of Byelorussian SSR in 1944
|Historical era||World War II|
|4 December 1939|
• Raions transferred
|8 January 1954|
|Political subdivisions||26 raion|
The voblast was originally known as Navahrudak Voblast but it was soon renamed to Baranavichy Voblast.
The oblast was made up of 26 raions in 1944. These raions were Byten, Gorodyshche, Ivyanets, Iwye, Yuratishki, Karelichy, Kletsk, Kozlovshchina, Lyakhavichy, Lida, Lubcha, Mir, Masty, Navahrudak, Nova Mysh, Nesvizh, Radun, Slonim, Stowbtsy, Shchuchyn, Vasilishki, Valozhyn, Voranava, Dzyatlava, Zel’va and Zheludok. In 1944, the oblast was diminished after transferring the raions of Lida, Radun, Schuchyn, Vasilishki, Voranava, Masty, Zel’va and Zheludok to the newly founded Grodno Region (including remaining parts of Belastok Region) and those of Iwye, Yuratishki and Valozhyn to Molodechno Region in 1944. Finally, on January 8, 1954, the oblast was abolished and the raions were divided between the Brest (raions of Gorodyshche, Lyakhavichy and Novo Mysh), Grodno (Byten, Karelichi, Kozlovshchina, Lubcha, Mir, Navahrudak and Slonim), Molodechno (liquidated in 1960) (raion of Ivyanets) and Minsk (raions of Kletsk, Nesvizh and Stowbtsy) regions (modern Brest, Grodno and Minsk regions). Thus, Baranavichy became part of Brest Region as raion center after Nova Mysh one's center was moved to Baranavichy on 1 May 1954 and renamed as Baranavichy one after 8 April 1957.