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Saratov Oblast

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Saratov Oblast is a federal subject of Russia, located in the Volga Federal District. Its administrative center is the city of Saratov. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 2,521,892.GeographyThe oblast is located in the southeast of European Russia, in the northern part of the Lower Volga region. From west to east its territory stretches for 575km, and from north to south—for 330km.Natural resourcesOf particular importance are valuable agricultural ordinary and southern Chernozyom, chestnut soils are widespread. Field mainly sufficiently provided with water, and besides numerous river Volga known many sources and mineral water deposits.PoliticsDuring the Soviet period, the high authority in the oblast was shared between three persons: The first secretary of the Saratov CPSU Committee (who in reality had the most authority), the chairman of the oblast Soviet (legislative power), and the Chairman of the oblast Executive Committee (executive power). In 1991, the CPSU lost all its power, and the head of the Oblast administration, and eventually the governor was appointed or elected alongside elected the regional parliament.The Charter of Saratov Oblast is the fundamental law of the oblast. The Legislative Assembly of Saratov Oblast is the province's standing legislative (representative) body. The Legislative Assembly exercises its authority by passing laws, resolutions, and other legal acts and by supervising the implementation and observance of the laws and other legal acts it passes. The highest executive body is the Oblast Government, which includes territorial executive bodies such as district administrations, committees, and commissions that facilitate development and run the day-to-day matters of the province. The Oblast administration supports the activities of the Governor who is the highest official and acts as guarantor of the observance of the oblast Charter in accordance with the Constitution of Russia.
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