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Stary Oskol

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Coat of arms  Flag
Federal subject  Belgorod Oblast
Population  220,719 (2012)
Country  Russia
Area  134.2 km²
Local time  Sunday 4:03 PM
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Administratively subordinated to  city of oblast significance of Stary Oskol
Administrative center of  city of oblast significance of Stary Oskol, Starooskolsky District
Urban okrug  Starooskolsky Urban Okrug
Weather  6°C, Wind SE at 5 km/h, 38% Humidity
Points of interest  Starooskolskiy Kraevedcheskiy Muzey, Starooskolskiy khudozhestvennyy muzey, Staryy Oskol ‑ gorod Voi, Solnechnyy park, Pamyatnik Zheleznrdorodnikam

Stary Oskol (Russian: Старый Оскол; [ˈstarɨj ɐˈskol]) is a city in Belgorod Oblast, Russia, located 618 kilometers (384 mi) south of Moscow, on the Oskol River. Population: 221,085 (2010 Census results); 215,898 (2002 Census); 173,917 (1989 Census).


Map of Stary Oskol, Belgorod Oblast, Russia


It was founded in 1593 as a fortress, a part of the southern fortification line around Moscow. In the 17th century, the town was sacked by Crimean Tatars and Ukrainian Cossacks. Later it was affected by the Russian Civil War in 1919, as well as by World War II, where it was captured by Hungarian troops. After World War II, industry developed in the city and its population started to grow.

Administrative and municipal status

Within the framework of administrative divisions, Stary Oskol serves as the administrative center of Starooskolsky District, even though it is not a part of it. As an administrative division, it is incorporated separately as the town of oblast significance of Stary Oskol—an administrative unit with a status equal to that of the districts. As a municipal division, the territories of the city of oblast significance of Stary Oskol and of Starooskolsky District are incorporated as Starooskolsky Urban Okrug.


Stary Oskol is an important center of iron ore mining, situated at the border of the Kursk Magnetic Anomaly, one of the largest deposits of iron ore worldwide. Over eight million tons of iron ore are mined here per year. For this reason there is also a branch of the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys in the city.


One of the oldest kids music schools in the city is located in the city center, on Lenina Street.

Notable people

  • Alexander Emelianenko, mixed martial artist
  • Fedor Emelianenko, mixed martial artist
  • Denis Lebedev, boxer
  • Kirill Sidelnikov, mixed martial artist
  • Twin towns and sister cities

    Stary Oskol is twinned with:

  • Salzgitter, Germany (1987)
  • Asenovgrad, Bulgaria (1989)
  • Mänttä, Finland (1989)
  • References

    Stary Oskol Wikipedia