Bryansk oblast, Russia (Bryanskaya)

The capital city of Bryansk oblast: Bryansk.

Bryansk oblast overview

Bryansk oblast (Bryanskaya) is a federal subject of Russia located south-west of Moscow, on the border with Ukraine and Belarus, part of the Central Federal District. Bryansk is the capital city of the region.

The population of Bryansk oblast is about 1,225,000 (2015), the area - 34,857 sq. km.

Bryansk oblast flag

Bryansk oblast flag

Bryansk oblast coat of arms

Bryansk oblast coat of arms

Bryansk oblast map, Russia

Bryansk oblast map of Russia

Bryansk region history

Various Slavic tribes (Northerners, Vyatichi) inhabited the territory of the present Bryansk region since ancient times. In the 9th century, the local Slavic tribes, as well as other neighboring tribes, were dependent on the Khazar Khanate. In the 10th century, they gradually came under the authority of Kiev.

In 1246, after the Mongol invasion, Bryansk Principality was founded. In 1500, Bryansk was captured by troops of Ivan III and the region became part of the Moscow State, its south-western outpost in the fight against Lithuania, Poland and the Crimean Khanate.

In the 18th-19th centuries, the economic development of the region began, the first factories were opened. In August-October 1941, the region was occupied by German troops. Soon it became known for its fierce resistance to the invaders. There were about 60 thousand partisans in the Bryansk forests. July 5, 1944, Bryansk oblast was formed.

Bryansk region pictures

Country house in the Bryansk region

Country house in the Bryansk region

Author: Sergey Poterianski

Bryansk region scenery

Bryansk region scenery

Author: Samsonov Viacheslav

On the street in a village in the Bryansk region

On the street in a village in the Bryansk region

Author: Alexander Degtiarev


Bryansk region features

The largest cities and towns are Bryansk (407,000), Klintsy (62,000), Novozybkov (40,500), Dyatkovo (27,000), Unecha (24,000). The climate is temperate continental. The average temperature in January is about minus 8 degrees Celsius, in July - plus 19 degrees Celsius.

About 25% of the region’s territory is covered by forests. The region is rich in the following minerals: sand, clay, chalk, marl and other construction materials, as well as phosphorites. The main industries are machine building, metalworking, electronics, food processing, wood processing.

Bryansk oblast is crossed by the following federal highways: M3 Moscow - Kiev and M13 Bryansk - Novozybkov - border with the Republic of Belarus - Kobrin.

As a result of the Chernobyl accident, part of the territory of the Bryansk region was contaminated with long-lived radionuclides (mainly Klimovsky, Klintsovsky, Krasnogorsky, Surazhsky, and Novozybkovsky districts).

Bryanskaya oblast churches

Church in Bryanskaya oblast

Church in Bryanskaya oblast

Author: Mezentsev Alexandr

Bryansk oblast church

Bryansk oblast church

Author: Jaroslav Kalashnyk

Bryansk region church

Bryansk region church

Author: Toichkin Dmitriy


Bryansk region natural attractions

State Natural Biosphere Reserve “Bryansk Forest” is located 180 km south of Bryansk and 25 km from the federal highway M3, on the territory of Suzemsky district. The reserve successfully completed a program to restore the population of European bison. Here tourists can see these wild and beautiful animals in their natural habitat.

State Natural Reserve of Federal Importance “Kletnyanskiy” is located 140 km east of Bryansk and 20 km from the federal highway M13, on the territory of Kletnyanskiy and Mglinsky districts. The main purpose of the reserve - saving of plant and animal resources, as well as rare and endangered species of plants and animals.

Micro-tourism cluster “Around Partizansky Oak” is located 75 km south of Bryansk and 35 km east of the federal highway M3, in Navlinsky district. Age of the tree is more than 250 years.

State Natural Reserve of Regional Importance “Desnyansko-Zherensky” is located 110 km from Bryansk and 10 km south-west from the town of Trubchevsk. This is the habitat of 12 rare species of animals listed in the Red Book of Russia. The reserve has a unique complex of lakes of karst origin (Big and Small Zheren). On the north shore of Big Zheren Lake there are 4 ancient archaeological sites from different eras.

Bryansk oblast of Russia photos

Bryansk region nature

Bryansk region landscape

Bryansk region landscape

Author: Igor Konukhov

Bryansk oblast scenery

Bryansk oblast scenery

Author: Ilya Sokolov


The questions of our visitors

KAREN asks: How could I find out if my mother was from that region? The family name is Novikov. My mother's name was Marfa & she was born in 1909. She immigrated to the United States around 1928 or 1929. Thanks for any information you can give me.
Expert's answer:
You can contact the State Archives of Bryansk oblast, use the following service to translate sites from Russian. All Russia Family Tree site will probably be useful too.
Jeffrey Kash asks: I have family who came from Novyye Bobovichi within the Bryansk Oblast. Is there still an active Orthodox church within the town to which I can mail a letter requesting information?
Expert's answer:

I have found the village Noviy Bobovichy, today it is very small settlement. I haven't found if the church is active now but if you are interested in some historical records of this church (Michael-Archangel church) there are several of them in Bryansk oblast archive where you can make your request (contact email of the archive archive@online.debryansk.ru and postal address is 241000 (postal code) Russia, Bryansk oblast, Bryansk city, Lunacharskogo Str., 66. Contact phone is +7 (4832) 66-25-48. Good luck!

The comments of our visitors

pericles
website
nice website

Peter Krometsek
Beautiful
I live in Brazil,very beautiful this place.

Jonathan
Visited Bryansk region in 2009
My In-Laws live in Bryansk Region. Visited in 2009. Can't wait to get back there again!

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