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Coordinates: 50°24′40″N 80°13′39″E / 50.4111°N 80.2275°E / 50.4111; 80.2275

Semipalatinsk in 1913

The Semipalatinsk Oblast (Russian: Семипалатинская область) was an oblast (province) of the Russian Empire and the early Russian SFSR. From 1882 to 1917 it was part of the Governor-Generalship of the Steppes. It roughly corresponded to most of present-day northeastern Kazakhstan. It was created out of the territories of the former Kazakh Khanate.


As of 1897, 684,590 people populated the oblast. Kazakhs constituted the majority of the population. Significant minorities consisted of Russians and Tatars. Total Turkic speaking were 614,999(89,8%).

Ethnic groups in 1897Edit

TOTAL 684,590 100%
Kazakhs 604,564 88,3%
Russians 65,062 9,5%
Tatars 9,940 1,5%