Republic of Bashkortostan

Senators by region

Irek Yalalov Irek Yalalov
Member of the Federation Council Committee on Economic Policy
Lilia Gumerova Lilia Gumerova
Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Science, Education and Culture

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Regional flags and emblems

Republic of Bashkortostan Republic of Bashkortostan

PROFILE

Established 23 March 1919 as the Bashkir Autonomous Soviet Republic, the Republic of Bashkortostan since 1992

Capital Ufa

The Republic of Bashkortostan is part of the Volga Federal District

Area 142,900 sq km

Population 4,001,100 (2022 г.)

Ethnic groups

(2010 National Census, %)

Russian – 36.05

Bashkir – 29.49

Tatar – 25.39

Chuvash – 2.70

Mari – 2.61

Ukrainian – 1.00

Other – 2.76

Administrative divisions (2022)

Municipal districts– 54

City districts – 9

Rural towns – 14

Rural districts – 818

Geography and climate

The Republic of Bashkortostan is located in the Southern Urals and the adjoining valleys of the Ural foothills. The western part is valley while the eastern part is mountainous (Yamantau Mountain – 1,640 m). The Bashkir Trans-Ural meets the West Siberian Plain in the east.

At its widest points, the region is 540 km from north to south and 420 km from west to east.

The republic borders the Perm, Sverdlovsk, Chelyabinsk and Orenburg regions as well as the Republic of Tatarstan and the Republic of Udmurtia.

The region has a continental climate. January is the coldest month (average temperature –12.3°C) and July is the hottest (average temperature +16.7°C). It is home to Bashkiria National Park, three state natural reserves and five natural parks.

Government

The legislative branch is represented by the State Assembly, or Kurultai, of the Republic of Bashkortostan, which is the permanent, supreme and only body of legislative authority in the region. It has 110 deputies elected for five years, with 55 running in single-mandate constituencies and the other 55 in the single electoral district, where winners are identified in proportion to the number of votes cast for lists of deputies nominated by electoral associations. The current State Assembly was elected in September 2018. The term expires in September 2023.

The executive branch is the Government that reports to the Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan.

The Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan is the region’s highest-ranking official, elected for five years by Russian citizens who permanently reside in the region. The term of office of the current incumbent expires in September 2024

The Government of the Republic of Bashkortostan is the top permanent executive authority in the region.

Economy and natural resources

Bashkortostan is one of the leading industrial and agricultural regions in Russia. Major industries include fuels, chemicals and petrochemicals, power production, metals and machinery, consumer goods, agriculture and food.

Minerals and raw materials in the region include oil and natural gas (over 200 fields), coal, turf and copper-sulfide ores with copper, zinc, sulfur, lead, gold, silver, cadmium, selenium, tellurium, indium and gallium. There are over 50 springs with mineral waters, therapeutic muds and thermal steam.

The republic is one of the largest oil production and refining hubs, with the fuel and energy sector accounting for a major share of its industrial output. In fact, up to 50% of the goods produced in the republic come from the fuel and energy sector.

Branches of Bashneft, UMPO (Ufa engine-building production association), Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat, Beloretsk Metallurgic Company, Nefaz (Neftekamsk auto-making plant), Polief, Bashkir Copper and Utchaly mining complex are the largest industrial companies of Bashkortostan.

Processing companies make a significant contribution to the production of industrial goods, including timber, metals and metal products, leather, shoes, rubber, plastics, electric equipment, machines and equipment, and chemical products.

Local agriculture is characterised by high productivity, the application of science and technology, and well-developed infrastructure. Grain, cereals, legumes, feeds, potatoes and other vegetables are the main crops. Dairy and meat are the main livestock products.

Culture and tourism

Bashkortostan is a land of endless steppe, soft landscapes of the Ural foothills, the water kingdom of the Agidel river and the tender music of the kurai, the national instrument of Bashkiria. This is the only Russian region where traditional honey hunting has survived.

The region has about 300 karst caves, 600 rivers, 800 lakes and numerous mountain ridges. Bashkortostan has a multiethnic population of over 100 ethnic groups, which is reflected in the wide range of cultural, historical and natural landmarks found here: over 4,000 historical, art, cultural and archaeological landmarks, 12 state theatres and 97 museums with over 450,000 exhibits.

Bashkortostan has stunning beauty and amazing variety to offer. The ancient Urals are the main tourist attraction. These magnificent mountains and crystal-clear rivers and lakes are lauded in ancient Bashkir legends. Ski resorts are a main draw for tourists today.

The national hero is Salavat Yulayev, the comrade of Yemelyan Pugachev, and his name is commemorated on the republic’s emblem.

The largest ski resorts – Abzakovo, Bannoye, Mratkino, Pavlovsky Park, Uyazy-tay, Kandry-kul and Kush-tau – receive up to 800,000 tourists.

Bashkortostan is full of fantastic treasures: numerous therapeutic springs, unique mixed forests with climatic health benefits, as well as therapeutic geothermal gases and muds. The region has restorative health centres for almost all classes of ailment. Russian cosmonauts do their post-flight rehabilitation in Krasnousolsk Health Resort, and Yangan-Tau Health Resort has been considered the best Russian health resort for several years running.

The Republic of Bashkortostan offers stunning natural beauty, diverse landscapes, clean water and air, kind-hearted people and preserved local traditions and crafts. It is also one of the few places from which Islam started spreading across Eurasia. Among the peoples of the Urals, the Volga Region and Central Asia, the region is known as the homeland of the Batyr warriors, important historical figures, theologians and holy people.