Ryazan Region

The Ryazan Region, a constituent entity of the Russian Federation, is a part of the Central Federal District bordering the Vladimir Region in the north, the Nizhny Novgorod Region in the north-east, the Republic of Mordovia in the east, the Penza Region in the south-east, the Tambov and Lipetsk regions in the south, the Tula Region in the west, and the Moscow Region in the north-west.


The Ryazan Region is located in the central part of European Russia. The region comprises 25 administrative districts and 4 regionally administered cities (Kasimov, Sasovo, Skopin and Ryazan).


39,600 square kilometres


Ryazan, located 196 kilometres from Moscow

Main cities

Ryazan, Kasimov, Sasovo, Skopin, Ryazhsk


The region has a temperate continental climate with the average January temperature of -10 C (14 F) and the average July temperature of +20 C (68 F).

Main natural resources

The region's main natural resources include deposits of limestone, clay, mortar and glass-making sands, peat, brown coal, forests, phosphorites, brown ore, and mineral colour stock. There are 23 explored brown coal deposits (totalling 301.6 million tonnes) and 1,062 peat deposits (totalling 222 million tonnes). The region has 1,123,000 hectares of forests and is home to the Oka Biosphere Natural Reserve of international importance. There are 25 explored clay and loam deposits (totalling 160 million cubic metres), 19 mortar sands (116 million cubic metres), and 4 deposits of carbonate strata for construction lime (118,000 cubic metres).


The region's population is 1,208,200 people, with 550,500 males and 657,700 females. Over 70% of the population is urban, while rural residents account for 30%. The economically active population is 713,300 people, of whom 532,700 are employed. The unemployment rate, calculated using ILO methods, is 8.3%, with senior citizens and minors accounting for 33% and 7.9%, respectively. The rate of natural increase is negative and stands at -12.9 per 1,000. The immigration rate is positive and stands at 4.9 per 10,000.


Governor of the Ryazan Region: Oleg Kovalyov.

Head of the Ryazan Administration Vitaly Artyomov

Chairman of the Ryazan Region Legislature Arkady Fomin

Regional issues and prospects

The region's economic development will be hindered by the social factors such as an unfavourable demographic situation and low living standards. Another serious problem is the high degree of the region's fixed assets wear and tear. The factors that can contribute to the region's sustainable development include its proximity to the Moscow metropolitan area, export-oriented industries, infrastructural development of the region, and vast building (construction) resources. Upgrading and modernisation in the region's main industries (oil refining and engineering) can offer real prospects for its development.


Official website: http://www.gov.ryazan.ru/

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