Istra, Istrinsky District, Moscow Oblast

For other places with the same name, see Istra (inhabited locality).
Istra (English)
Истра (Russian)
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Location of Moscow Oblast in Russia
Location of Istra in Moscow Oblast
Coordinates: 55°55′N 36°52′E / 55.917°N 36.867°E / 55.917; 36.867Coordinates: 55°55′N 36°52′E / 55.917°N 36.867°E / 55.917; 36.867
Coat of arms
Administrative status (as of September 2013)
Country Russia
Federal subject Moscow Oblast[1]
Administrative district Istrinsky District[1]
Town Istra[1]
Administrative center of Istrinsky District,[1] Town of Istra[1]
Municipal status (as of July 2012)
Municipal district Istrinsky Municipal District[2]
Urban settlement Istra Urban Settlement[2]
Administrative center of Istrinsky Municipal District,[2] Istra Urban Settlement[2]
Head Yury Savelyev
Population (2010 Census) 35,111 inhabitants[3]
Time zone MSK (UTC+03:00)[4]
Known since 16th century
Town status since 1781
Previous names Voskresenskoye,
Voskresensk (until 1930)
Postal code(s)[5] 143500–143502, 143508
Dialing code(s) +7 49631
Official website
Istra on Wikimedia Commons

Istra (Russian: И́стра) is a town and the administrative center of Istrinsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia, located on the Istra River, 40 kilometers (25 mi) west of Moscow, on the Moscow–Riga railway. Population: 35,111(2010 Census);[3] 33,652(2002 Census);[6] 35,046(1989 Census).[7]


Known since the 16th century as the village of Voskresenskoye, it was later renamed Voskresensk, granted town status in 1781, and became the seat of an uyezd. In 1930, the town was renamed Istra, after the river which flows through it. As a result of short-term occupation during the Great Patriotic War (from November 25 to December 11, 1941), the town was severely damaged. After the war, Istra became a center of research in the area of electrical power engineering.

Administrative and municipal status

Within the framework of administrative divisions, Istra serves as the administrative center of Istrinsky District.[1] As an administrative division, it is, together with two rural localities, incorporated within Istrinsky District as the Town of Istra.[1] As a municipal division, the Town of Istra is incorporated within Istrinsky Municipal District as Istra Urban Settlement.[2]


There is a large high voltage research center near Istra at 55°55′26″N 36°49′10″E / 55.92389°N 36.81944°E / 55.92389; 36.81944 (research center).


New Jerusalem Monastery, also known as the Voskresensky Monastery, is located in Istra.

Notable people

Famous Russian short-story writer and playwright Anton Chekhov used to work in Istra and its outskirts, while his brother Ivan Chekhov was a teacher at a local school. Soviet geographer Alexander Kruber was born in Istra.

Twin towns and sister cities

Novoiyerusalimskaya railway station in Istra

Istra is twinned with:



  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Resolution #123-PG
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Law #86/2005-OZ
  3. 1 2 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.
  4. 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.).
  5. Почта России. Информационно-вычислительный центр ОАСУ РПО. (Russian Post). Поиск объектов почтовой связи (Postal Objects Search) (Russian)
  6. 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.
  7. 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.


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