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Урюпинск (Russian)
-  Town[1]  -
Uryupinsk government house.jpg
Government building in Uryupinsk
Map of Russia - Volgograd Oblast (2008-03).svg
Location of Volgograd Oblast in Russia
Uryupinsk is located in Volgograd Oblast
Location of Uryupinsk in Volgograd Oblast
Coat of Arms of Uryupinsk 1994.png
Coat of arms
Administrative status (as of February 2010)
Country Russia
Federal subject Volgograd Oblast[2]
Administratively subordinated to town of oblast significance of Uryupinsk[2]
Administrative center of Uryupinsky District,[1] town of oblast significance of Uryupinsk[2]
Municipal status (as of February 2005)
Urban okrug Uryupinsk Urban Okrug[3]
Administrative center of Uryupinsk Urban Okrug,[3] Uryupinsky Municipal District[4]
Population (2010 Census) 41,590 inhabitants[5]
Time zone MSK (UTC+03:00)[6]
Founded late 14th–early
15th century
[citation needed]
Town status since 1929[citation needed]
Dialing code(s) +7 84442[citation needed]
Uryupinsk on Wikimedia Commons

Uryupinsk (Russian: Урю́пинск) is a town in Volgograd Oblast, Russia, located 340 kilometers (210 mi) northwest of Volgograd on the Khopyor River. Population: 41,590 (2010 Census);[5] 41,960 (2002 Census);[7] 42,954 (1989 Census).[8]


There are two theories of the historical background for the town's name. One is that it is from name of a Tartar prince Uryup, who got bogged down in a swamp near this location, during a fight with Yermak and got captured. Another is that it is from either the family name Uryupin or the word "урюпа" (uryupa). According to the 1866 Explanatory Dictionary of the Living Great Russian Language by Vladimir Dal, this archaic word means untidy person, which probably in this context characterizes not a person, but the swampy area.

The name of this town is known to many Russian people as a synonym for "backwater town". This usage became widespread after the popular Soviet film Destiny of a Man. The film was based on a short story by Mikhail Sholokhov, and Uryupinsk was the place of the action, shown as an inconspicuous provincial town.


Founded in the late 14th–early 15th century as Uryupin, it was a border outpost of the Principality of Ryazan, populated by Don Cossacks.[citation needed] Since 1857, it is the stanitsa of Uryupinskaya and home of Pokrovskaya Fair, a center for trade on the southeastern side of the East European Plain.[citation needed] It was renamed Uryupinsk and granted town status in 1929.[citation needed]

Administrative and municipal status[edit]

Within the framework of administrative divisions, Uryupinsk serves as the administrative center of Uryupinsky District,[1] even though it is not a part of it.[2] As an administrative division, it is incorporated separately as the town of oblast significance of Uryupinsk—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts.[2] As a municipal division, the town of oblast significance of Uryupinsk is incorporated as Uryupinsk Urban Okrug.[3]

Economy and industry[edit]

A monument in Uryupinsk

Uryupinsk is a developed industrial center with a concentration in heavy industries such as agricultural machinery (harvesting machines) and loading equipment (a large crane-making plant is located here). The city also contains factories of light industry production (such as knitted fabric, shoe fabric, and furniture fabric), paper production plant, and a packing plant.

Another major industry involving the outlying areas of the town is goat farming and goat leather production. Because of its mild southern climate, the region is a good area for agriculture, and there are many agricultural processing factories in the region, specializing mainly in beef, oil and butter production.

Even though Uryupinsk is industrialized, it is ecologically clean.[citation needed]


Ethnic composition: Russians (96.1%), Ukrainians (1.5%), Roma (0.7%), Belarusians (0.3%).

  • Births (2001): 355
  • Deaths (2001): 747



  1. ^ a b c Государственный комитет Российской Федерации по статистике. Комитет Российской Федерации по стандартизации, метрологии и сертификации. №ОК 019-95 1 января 1997 г. «Общероссийский классификатор объектов административно-территориального деления. Код 18 254», в ред. изменения №278/2015 от 1 января 2016 г.. (State Statistics Committee of the Russian Federation. Committee of the Russian Federation on Standardization, Metrology, and Certification. #OK 019-95 January 1, 1997 Russian Classification of Objects of Administrative Division . Code 18 254, as amended by the Amendment #278/2015 of January 1, 2016. ).
  2. ^ a b c d e Law #139-OD
  3. ^ a b c Law #1008-OD
  4. ^ Law #1037-OD
  5. ^ a b Russian Federal State Statistics Service (2011). "Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года. Том 1" [2010 All-Russian Population Census, vol. 1]. Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года (2010 All-Russia Population Census) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ Правительство Российской Федерации. Федеральный закон №107-ФЗ от 3 июня 2011 г. «Об исчислении времени», в ред. Федерального закона №271-ФЗ от 03 июля 2016 г. «О внесении изменений в Федеральный закон "Об исчислении времени"». Вступил в силу по истечении шестидесяти дней после дня официального опубликования (6 августа 2011 г.). Опубликован: "Российская газета", №120, 6 июня 2011 г. (Government of the Russian Federation. Federal Law #107-FZ of June 31, 2011 On Calculating Time, as amended by the Federal Law #271-FZ of July 03, 2016 On Amending Federal Law "On Calculating Time". Effective as of after sixty days following the day of the official publication.).
  7. ^ Russian Federal State Statistics Service (May 21, 2004). "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек" [Population of Russia, Its Federal Districts, Federal Subjects, Districts, Urban Localities, Rural Localities—Administrative Centers, and Rural Localities with Population of Over 3,000] (XLS). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года [All-Russia Population Census of 2002] (in Russian). Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ Demoscope Weekly (1989). "Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 г. Численность наличного населения союзных и автономных республик, автономных областей и округов, краёв, областей, районов, городских поселений и сёл-райцентров" [All Union Population Census of 1989: Present Population of Union and Autonomous Republics, Autonomous Oblasts and Okrugs, Krais, Oblasts, Districts, Urban Settlements, and Villages Serving as District Administrative Centers]. Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 года [All-Union Population Census of 1989] (in Russian). Институт демографии Национального исследовательского университета: Высшая школа экономики [Institute of Demography at the National Research University: Higher School of Economics]. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 


  • Волгоградская областная Дума. Закон №139-ОД от 7 октября 1997 г. «Об административно-территориальном устройстве Волгоградской области», в ред. Закона №107-ОД от 10 июля 2015 г. «О внесении изменений в отдельные законодательные акты Волгоградской области в связи с приведением их в соответствие с Уставом Волгоградской области». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Волгоградская правда", №207, 1 ноября 1997 г. (Volgograd Oblast Duma. Law #139-OD of October 7, 1997 On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Volgograd Oblast, as amended by the Law #107-OD of July 10, 2015 On Amending Various Legislative Acts of Volgograd Oblast to Ensure Compliance with the Charter of Volgograd Oblast. Effective as of the day of the official publication.).
  • Волгоградская областная Дума. Закон №1008-ОД от 21 февраля 2005 г. «Об установлении границ и наделении статусом города Урюпинска Волгоградской области». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Волгоградская правда", №36, 2 марта 2005 г. (Volgograd Oblast Duma. Law #1008-OD of February 21, 2005 On Establishing the Borders and Granting the Status to the Town of Uryupinsk of Volgograd Oblast. Effective as of the day of the official publication.).
  • Волгоградская областная Дума. Закон №1037-ОД от 30 марта 2005 г. «Об установлении границ и наделении статусом Урюпинского района и муниципальных образований в его составе», в ред. Закона №67-ОД от 4 июля 2013 г. «О внесении изменений в некоторые законодательные акты Волгоградской области по вопросам исключения из учётных данных отдельных населённых пунктов Волгоградской области». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Волгоградская правда", №60, №147 (уточнение), 6 апреля 2005 г., 11 августа 2005 г. (Volgograd Oblast Duma. Law #1037-OD of March 30, 2005 On Establishing the Borders and Granting the Status to Uryupinsky District and the Municipal Formations Comprising It, as amended by the Law #67-OD of July 4, 2013 On Amending Various Legislative Acts of Volgograd Oblast Due to the Exclusion from the Registries of Several Inhabited Localities of Volgograd Oblast. Effective as of the day of the official publication.).