Belostok Oblast

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Belostok Oblast
Russian: Беластокская область
Polish: Obwód białostocki
Oblast of Russian Empire


Coat of arms of Belostok

Coat of arms

Location of Belostok
Belostok Oblast in Eastern Europe
Capital Belostok
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 •  Established July 9, 1807
 •  Disestablished 1842

Belostok Oblast (Russian: Белостокская область; Polish: Obwód białostocki) was an administrative division in the Russian Empire. The region had a capital in Belostok (modern Białystok).


The oblast was created from former Prussian Białystok Department,[1] gained in 1807 by Russia in the Treaties of Tilsit.[2]

The oblast was abolished in 1842 when it was included into Grodno Governorate.[3]

Administrative divisions

Belostok Oblast administrative divisions - 1807–42

In the 19th century, some of the oblasts were administrative divisions which had a status roughly equal to that of the guberniyas; i.e., they existed independently from the guberniyas, not as their parts as it used to be the case in the 18th century.

In 1808, the Oblast was divided into four uyezds (districts):

In 1842 the number of districts was reduced to three when Drohiczyń District was merged into Bielsk District.


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  2. The New annual register, or General repository of history, politics, and literature: To which is prefixed, the History of Knowledge ..., Published by Printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson, Pater-noster-Row., 1808. p. 276. See the footnote
  3. "Administrative division of Belarus: a historical information" (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2006-10-26. Retrieved 2009-12-30.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>