Belgorod


BELGOROD     Byelogorod (older spelling).

Coat of arms of Belgorod Oblast

Coat of arms of Belgorod Oblast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oblast (administrative region) in southwestern Russia, bordering on the Ukraine, and named after its capital, which is NNE of Kharkov and SSE of Kursk.  It lies in the region of the upper Donets, which came under the control of Moscow in the reign of Basil III (1505-33).   In Tsarist Russsia, its territory was part of the immense Kiev province, formed in 1708, and  formed the south of the Kursk province, formed in 1775.

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