Kuba Uyezd

Kuba Uyezd (Russian: Кубинский уезд, Azerbaijani: Quba qəzası) was an administrative unit within the Baku Governorate of Russian Empire and then of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic and Azerbaijan SSR with its center in the city of Quba until its formal abolition in 1929 by Soviet authorities. The uyezd was located in northern part of the Baku Governorate, bordering Caspian sea to the east, Elisabethpol Governorate to the west, Dagestan Oblast to the north, Geokchai, Shamakhi and Baku uyezds to the south.[1]

Kuba Uyezd

Кубинский уезд
Coat of arms of Kuba Uyezd
Coat of arms
Baku Governorate Kubinsky uezd.svg
CountryRussian Empire
Political statusUyezd
 • Total6,704 km2 (2,588 sq mi)
 • Total189,916
 • Density28/km2 (73/sq mi)


Uyezd was located on the northern slope of the eastern part of Greater Caucasus mountain range, mainly consisting of 3 main parts: Mountains, which occupies most parts of the south-west, foothills, covering most of the uyezd from southwest to northeast, and lowlands, mostly in the areas bordering the Caspian sea. The highest point in the uyezd, Shahdagh, is located at the western part of the uyezd at 13,951 feet.[2]

The three main rivers in the uyezd were Qudyal, Gilgil and Qusarchay. The Samur river formed the northern border.[2]


After the capture of the Quba Khanate by the Russian forces in 1806, during the Caucasus Campaign, the khanate was removed and was made a province of the Russian Empire. The uyezd was created in 1840 and was initially made part of the Caspian Oblast in the same year, and later part of the Shamakhi Governorate in 1846. Due to an earthquake in Shamakhi in 1859, the centre of the Shamakhi Governorate was moved from Shamakhi to Baku and the governorate was renamed Baku Governorate.[3]

In 1918, after the collapse of the Russian Empire, Azerbaijan became part of Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic. After the establishment of the Baku Commune in April 1918,[4] clashes began in the city of Baku and other uyezds within the Baku Governorate,[5] called the March Days, during which 12,000 Azerbaijanis and other Muslims and 2,500 Armenians died.[6][7][8]

On 28 May 1918, the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic declared its independence and the uyezd was kept as part of its administrative units. After the Red Army invasion of Azerbaijan in 1920, Azerbaijan was integrated into the Soviet Union and the uyezd was abolished by Soviet authorities in 1929.


According to the 1897 Russian Empire census, 183,242 people inhabited the uyezd, of which 15,363 lived in the city of Quba. The census recorded 70,150 native speakers of Azerbaijani, 46,430 speakers of Tat language, 44,755 speakers of Lezgian, 3,972 speakers of Judeo-Tat and 3,971 speakers of Russian.[9]

The population rose to 189,916 people, of which 17,902 were urban and 172,014 rural.[10]

Ethnic composition in 1897Edit

Uyezd Azerbaijani Tatars
Tats Lezgins Jews Russians Armenians Other
Kuba 38,2% 25,1% 24,0% 1,6% 1,6% 0,5% 9%


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