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Tomsk Oblast

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Tomsk Oblast

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Tomsk Oblast
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Quick Facts
Capital Tomsk
Government Russian Oblast
Currency Russian Ruble (Pуб.)
Area 316,9002
Population 1,047,394(2010 est)
Language Official:Russian
Religion Russian Orthodox 33%, Non-Religious Spirituality 29%, Atheist 15%, Other 22.7%
Electricity 220V/60Hz (European plug)
Time Zone UTC +6
A wintry residential street in Tomsk

Tomsk Oblast (Russian: То́мская о́бласть TOHM-skuh-yuh OH-bluhst’) is a region in Western Siberia, which borders Omsk Oblast and Tyumen Oblast to the west, Khantia-Mansia to the north, Krasnoyarsk Krai to the east, Kemerovo Oblast to the southeast, and Novosibirsk Oblast to the south.



  • Tomsk — the capital is a 400 year old quintessential Siberian city of historical importance and famed for its "gingerbread" traditional wooden houses and neoclassical University buildings
  • Asino — a large town on the rail line to Tomsk from Taiga
  • Narym — this swampy village is the oldest settlement in the region (1596) and was home to numerous exiles, from Decembrists to anarchists to everyday Soviet citizens, including some very famous communists (Stalin, Rykov, Sverdlovsk, Ruybyshev).
  • Seversk — the second largest city in Tomsk Oblast; a major plutonium producing city that is closed to non-residents and was a secret city under the USSR
  • Strezhevoy — a small oil-man city on the Ob River to the northwest of Tomsk

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The Tomsk region was long an important center of Western Siberia, but lost importance after the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway, which passed the region by to the south. But due to the discovery of oil in the late 20th century, Tomsk Oblast received a vital injection of economic importance and has reclaimed some of its status as an important region of Western Siberia.

Tourists will find that Tomsk Oblast lives up to their Siberian expectations. It is sparsely inhabited, vast, flat, wooded, and yes, it gets quite cold during the winter! Its principal attraction is the city of Tomsk, which is a worthwhile detour off the Trans-Siberian Railway for its historical importance, architecture, and Siberian culture.


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Tomsk's Bogashevo Airport is served by numerous domestic flights from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Vladivostok, and others.

It is also possible to arrive via the Taiga-Tomsk-Asino-Bely Yar branch line off the Trans-Siberian Railway from Kemerovo Oblast.

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