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The Republic of Buryatia
Republic of Buryatia
(Russian: Респу́блика Буря́тия, tr. Respublika Buryatiya, IPA: [rʲɪsˈpublʲɪkə bʊˈrʲætʲɪjə]; Buryat: Буряад Улас, Buryaad Ulas, [bʊrˈjaːt ʊˈlas]) is a federal subject of Russia
Russia
(a republic), located in Asia
Asia
in Siberia. Its capital is the city of Ulan-Ude. Its area is 351,300 square kilometers (135,600 sq mi) with a population of 972,021 (2010 Census).[6]

Contents

1 Geography

1.1 Rivers 1.2 Lakes 1.3 Mountains 1.4 Natural resources 1.5 Climate

2 Administrative divisions 3 Demographics

3.1 Vital statistics

3.1.1 Demographics for 2007

3.2 Ethnic groups

4 History 5 Politics 6 Economy 7 Education 8 Religion 9 Tourism 10 See also 11 References 12 Sources 13 Further reading 14 External links

Geography[edit]

Buryatia
Buryatia
countryside just south of Ulan-Ude.

View of the valley of the Uda near the village of Khorinsk.

Landscape of southern Buryatia.

The republic is located in the south-central region of Siberia
Siberia
along the eastern shore of Lake Baikal.

Area: 351,300 km² Borders:

Internal: Irkutsk Oblast
Irkutsk Oblast
(W/NW/N), Zabaykalsky Krai
Zabaykalsky Krai
(NE/E/SE/S), Tuva Republic (W) International: Mongolia
Mongolia
(S/SE) Water: Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal
(N)

Highest point: Mount Munku-Sardyk
Munku-Sardyk
(3,491 m)

Rivers[edit] Major rivers include:

Barguzin River Irkut River Kitoy River Oka River Selenga River Uda River Upper Angara River Vitim River

Lakes[edit]

Map of Buryatia.

Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal
- Buryatia
Buryatia
covers 60% percent of the lake's shoreline. Lake Gusinoye

Mountains[edit] Over 80% of the republic's territory is located in the mountainous region, including the Baikal Mountains
Baikal Mountains
on the northern shores of Lake Baikal. Natural resources[edit] The republic's natural resources include gold, tungsten, zinc, uranium, and more. Climate[edit]

Average annual temperature: −1.6 °C (29.1 °F) Average January temperature: −22 °C (−8 °F) Average July temperature: +18 °C (64 °F) Average annual precipitation: 244 millimeters (9.6 in)

Administrative divisions[edit] Main article: Administrative divisions of Buryatia Demographics[edit] Population: 972,021 (2010 Census);[6] 981,238 (2002 Census);[11] 1,041,119 (1989 Census).[12]

Census date 1926 1939 1959 1970 1979 1989 2002 2010

Total population 491,236 545,766 673,326 812,251 899,398 1,038,252 981,238 972,021

Average annual population growth

+1.7% +1.1% +1.5% −0.4% −0.1%

Males 248,513

467,984

Females 242,723

513,254

Females per 1000 males 977

1,097

Proportion urban 9.3%

59.6%

Territory (km2) 368,392 351,334 351,334 351,334 351,334 351,334 351,334 351,334

Population density/km2 1.3 1.6 1.9 2.3 2.6 3.0 2.8 2.8

Vital statistics[edit]

Source: Russian Federal State Statistics Service[13]

Year Average population (thousands) Live births Deaths Natural change Crude birth rate (per 1000) Crude death rate (per 1000) Natural change (per 1000) Fertility rates

1970 816 14,766 6,301 8,465 18.1 7.7 10.4

1975 862 17,751 7,586 10,165 20.6 8.8 11.8

1980 921 19,859 8,734 11,125 21.6 9.5 12.1

1985 993 23,975 9,529 14,446 24.1 9.6 14.5

1990 1,050 19,185 9,602 9,583 18.3 9.1 9.1 2.18

1991 1,052 16,868 9,753 7,115 16.0 9.3 6.8 2.03

1992 1,049 13,944 10,347 3,597 13.3 9.9 3.4 1.87

1993 1,043 11,981 12,388 −407 11.5 11.9 −0.4 1.65

1994 1,039 12,327 13,650 −1,323 11.9 13.1 −1.3 1.66

1995 1,035 12,311 12,588 −277 11.9 12.2 −0.3 1.60

1996 1,031 12,159 12,441 −282 11.8 12.1 −0.3 1.57

1997 1,025 11,555 12,111 −556 11.3 11.8 −0.5 1.51

1998 1,017 11,746 11,481 265 11.6 11.3 0.3 1.53

1999 1,009 11,468 13,114 −1,646 11.4 13.0 −1.6 1.42

2000 1,001 11,654 13,155 −1,501 11.6 13.1 −1.5 1.42

2001 992 11,678 13,858 −2,180 11.8 14.0 −2.2 1.44

2002 983 12,830 14,404 −1,574 13.1 14.7 −1.6 1.52

2003 977 13,177 15,056 −1,879 13.5 15.4 −1.9 1.51

2004 973 13,399 14,868 −1,469 13.8 15.3 −1.5 1.49

2005 969 13,551 15,144 −1,593 14.0 15.6 −1.6 1.41

2006 966 14,193 13,930 263 14.7 14.4 0.3 1.41

2007 965 15,460 12,802 2,658 16.0 13.3 2.8 1.60

2008 966 16,372 12,948 3,424 16.9 13.4 3.5 1.68

2009 968 16,729 12,466 4,263 17.3 12.9 4.4 2.03

2010 972 16,535 12,386 4,149 17.0 12.7 4.3 1.99

2011 972 16,507 12,299 4,208 17.0 12.7 4.3 2.03

2012 972 17,006 12,064 4,942 17.5 12.4 5.1 2.14

2013 973 17,108 11,479 5,629 17.6 11.8 5.8 2.21

2014 976 17,093 11,182 5,911 17.5 11.5 6.0 2.26

2015 980 16,981 11,152 5,829 17.3 11.4 5.9 2.28

2016 983 16,128 11,047 5,081 16.4 11.2 5.2 2.21(e)

2017 984 14,315 10,445 3,870 14.5 10.6 3.9

Demographics for 2007[edit] Source:[14]

District Births Deaths Growth Pop (2007) BR DR NGR

The Republic of Buryatia 12,337 9,833 2,504 960,000 17.13 13.66 0.35%

Ulan-Ude 4,260 3,517 743 373,300 15.22 12.56 0.27%

Bichursky District 339 318 21 26,900 16.80 15.76 0.10%

Dzhidinsky District 512 309 203 30,800 22.16 13.38 0.88%

Yeravninsky District 244 191 53 18,600 17.49 13.69 0.38%

Zaigrayevsky District 714 630 84 48,700 19.55 17.25 0.23%

Zakamensky District 492 322 170 30,400 21.58 14.12 0.75%

Ivolginsky District 498 320 178 31,000 21.42 13.76 0.77%

Kabansky District 702 779 −77 64,400 14.53 16.13 −0.16%

Kizhinginsky District 303 192 111 18,700 21.60 13.69 0.79%

Kyakhtinsky District 629 393 236 40,500 20.71 12.94 0.78%

Mukhorshibirsky District 338 319 19 28,000 16.10 15.19 0.09%

Pribaykalsky District 423 357 66 28,900 19.52 16.47 0.30%

Selenginsky District 628 522 106 47,500 17.63 14.65 0.30%

Tarbagataysky District 205 216 −11 16,900 16.17 17.04 −0.09%

Tunkinsky District 304 249 55 23,000 17.62 14.43 0.32%

Khorinsky District 314 222 92 19,200 21.81 15.42 0.64%

Barguzinsky District 367 272 95 25,600 19.11 14.17 0.49%

Bauntovsky Evenkiysky District 126 92 34 10,500 16.00 11.68 0.43%

Kurumkansky District 232 129 103 15,600 19.83 11.03 0.88%

Muysky District 179 112 67 15,600 15.30 9.57 0.57%

Okinsky District 73 37 36 5,100 19.08 9.67 0.94%

Severo-Baykalsky District 196 161 35 15,200 17.19 14.12 0.31%

Severobaykalsk 259 174 85 25,600 13.49 9.06 0.44%

Ethnic groups[edit] According to the 2010 Census,[6] ethnic Russians
Russians
make up two-thirds of the republic's population, while the ethnic Buryats
Buryats
are only 30%. Other groups include Ukrainians
Ukrainians
(0.6%), Tatars
Tatars
(0.7%), and a host of smaller groups, each accounting for less than 0.5% of the total population.

Ethnic group 1926 Census1 1939 Census 1959 Census 1970 Census 1979 Census 1989 Census 2002 Census 2010 Census2

Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number %

Buryats 214,957 43.8% 116,382 21.3% 135,798 20.2% 178,660 22.0% 206,860 23.0% 249,525 24.0% 272,910 27.8% 286,839 30.0%

Soyots 161 0.0% 2,739 0.3% 3,579 0.4%

Russians 258,796 52.7% 393,057 72.0% 502,568 74.6% 596,960 73.5% 647,785 72.0% 726,165 69.9% 665,512 67.8% 630,783 66.1%

Tatars 3,092 0.6% 3,840 0.7% 8,058 1.2% 9,991 1.2% 10,290 1.1% 10,496 1.0% 8,189 0.8% 6,813 0.7%

Ukrainians 1,982 0.4% 13,392 2.5% 10,183 1.5% 10,769 1.3% 15,290 1.7% 22,868 2.2% 9,585 1.0% 5,654 0.6%

Evenks 2,808 0.6% 1,818 0.3% 1,335 0.2% 1,685 0.2% 1,543 0.2% 1,679 0.2% 2,334 0.2% 2,974 0.3%

Others 9,440 1.9% 17,277 3.2% 15,384 2.3% 14,186 1.7% 17,630 2.0% 27,519 2.7% 19,969 2.0% 18,360 1.9%

1 In 1926, the Buryat-Mongolian ASSR included Aga-Buryatia, Ust-Orda Buryatia, and Olkhonsky District. These territories were transferred to Chita and Irkutsk Oblasts in 1937. Consequently, the results of the 1926 census cannot be compared to the results of the censuses of 1939 and later. 2 17,019 people were registered from administrative databases, and could not declare an ethnicity. It is estimated that the proportion of ethnicities in this group is the same as that of the declared group.[15]

History[edit]

Unusual blue diopsidite skarn from the Dovyren Highlands, Buryatia. This tumble-polished rock is around 700my old.

Mongolic-related Slab Grave cultural monuments are found in Baikal territory.[16] The territory of Buryatia
Buryatia
has been governed by the Xiongnu
Xiongnu
Empire (209 BC-93 CE) and Mongolian Xianbei state
Xianbei state
(93-234), Rouran Khaganate
Rouran Khaganate
(330-555), Mongol Empire
Mongol Empire
(1206-1368) and Northern Yuan (1368-1691).[17] Medieval Mongol tribes like Merkit, Bayads, Barga Mongols
Barga Mongols
and Tümeds inhabited in Buryatia.[17] Today Buryat-Mongols populate the territory of Buryatia. The area of the present-day Buryatia
Buryatia
was first colonized in the 17th century by Russians
Russians
in search of wealth, furs, and gold. In 1923, the Buryat-Mongolian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (Buryat: Буряадай Автономито Совет Социалис Республика; Russian: Бурятская Автономная Советская Социалистическая Республика) was created as a result of the merger of State of Buryat- Mongolia
Mongolia
and Mongol-Buryat Oblasts. In 1937, Aga Buryatia
Aga Buryatia
and Ust-Orda Buryatia
Ust-Orda Buryatia
were detached from the Buryat-Mongolian ASSR and merged with Chita and Irkutsk Oblasts, respectively. In 1958, the name "Mongol" was removed from the name of the republic. The Buryat ASSR declared its sovereignty in 1990 and adopted the name Republic of Buryatia
Republic of Buryatia
in 1992. However, it remained an autonomous republic within the Russian Federation. Politics[edit]

Modern Buryat home with instruments, scrolls, and weapons typical of Buryatia.

The head of the Republic is the Head (formerly President), who is elected by the voters of the republic for a four-year term. From 2004 to 2012 the head of Buryatia
Buryatia
(along with all other heads of regions in Russia) was nominated directly by the Russian President.[18][19] Between 1991-2007, the President was Leonid Vasilyevich Potapov, who was elected on July 1, 1994, re-elected in 1998 (with 63.25% of votes), and then re-elected again on June 23, 2002 (with over 67% of votes). Prior to the elections, Potapov was the Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic—the highest post at that time. The current Head of the Republic is Alexey Tsydenov, who was elected by popular vote on 10 September 2017. Prior to this he was acting Head, having been appointed by Russian President Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin
in February 2017.[20] The Republic's parliament is the People's Khural, popularly elected every five years. The People's Khural has 66 deputies and is currently dominated by the country's ruling party, United Russia, with 45 seats. Tsyren-Dashi Dorzhiev has been Chairman of the People's Khural since August 2015. The Republic's Constitution was adopted on February 22, 1994. Economy[edit] Main article: Economy of Buryatia The republic's economy is composed of agricultural and commercial products including wheat, vegetables, potatoes, timber, leather, graphite, and textiles. Fishing, hunting, fur farming, sheep and cattle farming, mining, stock raising, engineering, and food processing are also important economic generators. Education[edit] The higher education institutions of the republic include Buryat State University, Buryat State Academy of Agriculture, East Siberian State Academy of Arts and Culture, and East Siberia
Siberia
State University of Technology and Management. Religion[edit]

Religion in Buryatia
Buryatia
as of 2012 (Sreda Arena Atlas)[21][22]

Russian Orthodoxy

27.4%

Other Orthodox

1.2%

Protestantism

0.6%

Other Christians

4.2%

Buddhism

19.8%

Rodnovery
Rodnovery
and other native faiths

1.8%

Spiritual but not religious

24.8%

Atheism
Atheism
and irreligion

13.4%

Other and undeclared

6.8%

Traditionally, Buryats
Buryats
adhered to belief systems which were based on the deification of nature, belief in spirits and the possibility of their magic influence on the surroundings. They were led by shamans, who systematized tribal beliefs and cults. From the second half of the 17th century, beliefs and cults in the shamanic form were displaced by Buddhism, which became widespread in ethnic Buryatia. By the end of the 19th century, the majority of Buryats
Buryats
were part of the Buddhist tradition. A synthesis of Buddhism
Buddhism
and traditional beliefs that formed a system of ecological traditions has constituted a major attribute of Buryat culture.[23] As of a 2012 survey[21] 27.4% of the population adheres to the Russian Orthodox Church, 19.8% to Buddhism, 2% to the Slavic Native Faith, Tengrism
Tengrism
or Buryat shamanism, 4% declares to be unaffiliated Christian (excluding Protestants), 1% are Orthodox Christian believers without belonging to churches or are members of other Orthodox churches, 1% are members of Protestant churches. In addition, 25% of the population declares to be "spiritual but not religious", 13% to be atheist, and 10.8% follows another religion or did not give an answer to the survey.[21] Tibetan Buddhism
Buddhism
and Orthodox Christianity
Christianity
are the most widespread religions in the republic. Many Slavs, who constitute around 67% of the population, are Russian Orthodox. Since the breakup of the USSR in 1991, a small number have converted to various Protestant denominations or to Rodnovery, Slavic native faith. There are also some Catholics among the Slavs. Most of the Germans (0.11% of the population) are also Orthodox, so are some other non-European groups like Armenians (0.23%), Georgians (0.03%), and Soyot
Soyot
(0.37%). Buryats constitute 30.04% of the total population. Most urban Buryats
Buryats
are either Buddhist or Orthodox, while those in the rural areas often adhere to Yellow shamanism, a mixture of shamanism and Buddhism, or to Black shamanism.[24] There are also Tengrist movements. Siberian Tatars
Tatars
are around 0.7% of the population. However, due to isolation from the main body of Tatars, many of them now are either non-religious or Orthodox. Islam is followed by immigrant groups like Azeris and Uzbeks, who constitute another 0.7% of the population. Tourism[edit] Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal
is a popular tourist destination, especially in summer. See also[edit]

Music of Buryatia

References[edit]

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Sources[edit]

Верховный Совет Республики Бурятия. 22 февраля 1994 г. «Республика Бурятия. Конституция», в ред. Закона №332-IV от 7 июля 2008 г. (Supreme Council of the Republic of Buryatia. February 22, 1994 Republic of Buryatia. Constitution, as amended by the Law #332-IV of July 7, 2008. ).

Further reading[edit]

Leisse, Olaf; Utta-Kristin Leisse (September 2007). "A Siberian Challenge: Dealing with Multiethnicity in the Republic of Buryatia". Nationalities Papers. 35 (4): 773–788. doi:10.1080/00905990701475178. 

External links[edit]

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(in Buryat) (in Russian) Buryatia.org, site about life in the Republic of Buryatia Article on Buddhism
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