Vladimir Region

Senators by region

Alexander Pronyushkin Alexander Pronyushkin
Member of the Federation Council Committee on Economic Policy
Andrey Shokhin Andrey Shokhin
Member of the Federation Council Committee on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs
Olga Khokhlova Olga Khokhlova
Member of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy

Information

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Vladimir Region Vladimir Region

PROFILE

Established 14 August 1944

Capital Vladimir

The Vladimir Region is part of the Central Federal District

Area 29,100 sq km

Population 1,322,200 (2022)

Ethnic groups

(2010 National Census, %)

Russian – 95.58

Other – 4.42

Administrative divisions (2022)

Municipal districts – 16

City districts – 5

Rural towns – 26

Rural districts – 80

Geography and climate

The Vladimir Region lies in the central part of the East European Plain and borders the Moscow, Ivanovo, Nizhny Novgorod, Ryazan and Yaroslavl regions. The city of Vladimir is located 154 kilometres northeast of Moscow. The Klyazma River cuts through the Vladimir Region, dividing it into two almost equal parts. More elevated areas that cover over a third of the region’s territory extend to the north of the river, while the sprawling northern part of the Meshchyora Lowland is to the south of it.

The climate in the region is temperate continental with warm summers and moderately cold winters and persistent snow cover throughout the season. The average temperature in January is –10,7°C, in July +17,3°C. Mean annual precipitation: 550 mm. Forests, including shrubs, cover over 54% of the territory and agricultural land about 34% of the territory. There are 91 animal species, including 29 mammal species and 62 bird species that can be legally hunted in the region. Hunting grounds occupy an area of 2.2 million ha. There are valuable fish species in the Oka and Klyazma rivers, such as sterlet and barbell sturgeon, which are included in the Red Data Book of the Vladimir Region. Meshchyora National Park, the Muromsky Wildlife Refuge and the Klyazminsky Wildlife Refuge are the region’s three protected nature areas that are overseen and funded by the federal government.

Government

The legislative branch is represented by the Vladimir Regional Duma (legislative assembly), which is the permanent, supreme and only legislative body in the region

The Vladimir Regional Duma has 38 members, who are elected for a term of five years. Nineteen members are elected in the single electoral district proportionately to the number of votes cast for the lists of candidates nominated by electoral associations; and 19 members are elected in single-mandate constituencies, which are established using a uniform representation quota for single-mandate constituencies.

The current members of the Vladimir Regional Duma were elected in September 2018; their term in office will expire in September 2023.

The executive branch is the Administration of the Vladimir Region headed by the Governor; there are also other local executive bodies.

The Governor of the Vladimir Region is the region’s highest-ranking official, who has full authority as the head of the regional Administration. The Governor is elected for five years by Russian citizens who permanently reside in the region. The incumbent governor’s term in office will expire in September 2023.

The Vladimir Region Administration is the permanent and supreme executive body in the region and is at the head of the system of executive authorities of the region.

Economy and natural resources

The leading sector of the economy is industry, which accounts about 40% of the regional GDP.

The region’s main industries include the manufacturing of electric, electronic and optical equipment, machines and equipment and non-metallic mineral products; metallurgy and production of finished metal products; the chemical industry; the production of rubber and plastic products; food industry (including beverages); textile and the clothing industry; the manufacturing of vehicles and transport equipment; woodworking and wood products; the pulp-and-paper industry; the publishing and printing industries; and leather processing and leather goods and footwear production. The main industrial centres are the cities of Vladimir, Kovrov, Aleksandrov, Raduzhny and Kirzhach.

The Vladimir Region’s agricultural sector meets almost two-thirds of local consumer demand for beef and 100% for milk, potatoes and eggs.

The agricultural sector focuses on breeding cattle for meat and milk. Among the developing industries are cattle breeding, pig and sheep breeding, poultry farming and fish farming. Horse breeding (the Vladimir Heavy Draft) and beekeeping are traditional for the region. Regional enterprises also grow wheat, rye, barley, buckwheat, sunflowers, beans, as well as vegetables, cucumbers and potatoes.

Factors that make investment in the region attractive include the diversified economy, opportunities to invest in various businesses and the developed road and railway infrastructure (by these indicators, the Vladimir Region ranks among Russia’s best-performing regions). The regional Duma has adopted a package of laws on measures to attract more investment in the region, including tax benefits, government guarantees, and subsidies from the regional budget.

Culture and tourism

The Vladimir Region is one of Russia’s oldest historical and artistic centres. In the old days, the area it occupies was the heart of the Vladimir and Suzdal Principality and, since the end of the 18th century, of the Vladimirskaya Gubernia [Province].

One of the popular Golden Ring itineraries runs through the region.

The region is famous for old Russian cities, such as Aleksandrov, Vladimir, Gorokhovets, Kideksha, Murom, Yuryev-Podolsky and Gus-Khrustalny, and their architectural, historical, cultural and religious landmarks. The city of Suzdal, an old centre for Orthodox Christian pilgrimage, features the Aleksandrovsky Monastery, the Intercession Convent, the Saviour Monastery of St Euthymius, the Monastery of Deposition of the Robe of Virgin Mary and a unique architectural and landscape landmark – the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl River in Bogolyubovo.

The Vladimir school of architecture influenced the architecture of Moscow and other Russian cities. There are several outstanding landmarks that were influenced by Vladimir and Suzdal architecture of the 12th and 13th centuries, such as Dormition Cathedral and Cathedral of St Demetrius, both of which were built of white stone, as well as the Golden Gate and the Church of Intercession on the Nerl River.

Meshchyora National Park, a major protected nature area, is a popular place for tourism and recreation, including kayaking, skiing, walking, bicycling, hunting, angling and picking mushrooms and berries, as well as enjoying some peace and quiet by the waterside. The region has holiday camps for tourists.

There is the Puzhalova Gora downhill course in Gorokhovets and skydiving centres at the Kirzhach, Aleksandrov and Semyazino airfields. Sports that are popular in the city of Kovrov are motorcycling, karting, paintball, car trials in local swamps and diving in the deep lakes of the Balakhninskaya Lowland.