Ural Oblast (Russian Empire)

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The Ural Oblast (Russian Empire) was an oblast (province) of the Russian Empire. It roughly corresponded to most of present-day western 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 478,695 (74,2%).

Ethnic groups in 1897[1]

TOTAL 645,121 100%
Kazakhs 460,173 71,3%
Russians 160,894 24,9%
Tatars 17,809 2,8%


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