Federal cities of Russia

Not to be confused with City of federal subject significance.

A city of federal importance[1][2] (Russian: город федерального значения, tr. gorod federalnogo znacheniya) or federal city in Russia is a city that has a status of both an inhabited locality and a constituent federal subject.

The Russian Federation is divided into eighty-five federal subjects, three of which are federal cities. Two federal subjects, including the federal city of Sevastopol, are in the disputed region of Crimea which was annexed by the Russian Federation in 2014 but is recognised as Ukrainian territory by most of the international community.

Map # Code ISO 3166-2 code Name Flag Coat of arms Federal district Economic region Area (km²)[3] Population (2014 est.)[4]
1 77 RU-MOW Moscow Central Central 2,500 12,111,194
2 78 RU-SPE Saint Petersburg Northwestern Northwestern 1,439 5,131,967
3 92 (none) Sevastopol[lower-alpha 1] Southern (not assigned to one) 864[5] 381,400[5]

2014 developments

On 18 March 2014, the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol were annexed by the Russian Federation, and Sevastopol was designated a city of federal significance.[6] The annexation is unrecognized by the Ukrainian government and by most other countries, and they therefore consider the Crimean peninsula to be a part of Ukraine.[7][8]


  1. http://www.constitution.ru/en/10003000-04.htm
  2. http://eng.constitution.kremlin.ru/
  3. Федеральная служба государственной статистики (Federal State Statistics Service) (2004-05-21). "Территория, число районов, населённых пунктов и сельских администраций по субъектам Российской Федерации (Territory, Number of Districts, Inhabited Localities, and Rural Administration by Federal Subjects of the Russian Federation)". Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года (All-Russia Population Census of 2002) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
  4. Федеральная служба государственной статистики (Federal State Statistics Service) (2014-01-01). "Оценка численности населения на 1 января 2014 года и в среднем за 2013 год (Estimated population of Russia on 1 January 2014 and the average for 2013)". Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года (All-Russia Population Census of 2002) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  5. 1 2 "A General data of the region". Sevastopol City State Administration. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  6. Kremlin.ru. Договор между Российской Федерацией и Республикой Крым о принятии в Российскую Федерацию Республики Крым и образовании в составе Российской Федерации новых субъектов (Treaty Between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Crimea on Ascension to the Russian Federation of the Republic of Crimea and on Establishment of New Subjects Within the Russian Federation) (Russian)
  7. "UN General Assembly adopts resolution affirming Ukraine's territorial integrity". China Central Television. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  8. Putin signs Crimea treaty, will not seize other Ukraine regions


  1. The territory of Crimea, including the city of Sevastopol, is currently disputed. Since February 2014, Crimea has been under de facto Russian control, however Ukraine and most countries recognise Crimea as part of Ukraine.

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