Not to be confused with Starodub-on-the-Klyazma.
Starodub (English)
Стародуб (Russian)
-  Town[1]  -

Location of Bryansk Oblast in Russia
Location of Starodub in Bryansk Oblast
Coordinates: 52°35′N 32°46′E / 52.583°N 32.767°E / 52.583; 32.767Coordinates: 52°35′N 32°46′E / 52.583°N 32.767°E / 52.583; 32.767
Coat of arms
Administrative status (as of January 2013)
Country Russia
Federal subject Bryansk Oblast[2]
Administratively subordinated to Starodubsky Urban Administrative Okrug (town of oblast significance)[2]
Administrative center of Starodubsky Urban Administrative Okrug,[2] Starodubsky District[1]
Municipal status (as of August 2012)
Urban okrug Starodub Urban Okrug[3]
Administrative center of Starodub Urban Okrug[3]
Population (2010 Census) 19,010 inhabitants[4]
Time zone MSK (UTC+03:00)[5]
Known since 11th century
Official website
Starodub on Wikimedia Commons

Starodub (Russian: Староду́б, lit. old oak) is a town in Bryansk Oblast, Russia, located on the Babinets River (the Dnieper basin), 169 kilometers (105 mi) southwest of Bryansk. Population: 19,010(2010 Census);[4] 18,643(2002 Census);[6] 18,906(1989 Census);[7] 16,000 (1975).


Starodub has been known since the 11th century, when it was a part of Severia. It was burned to the ground by the Mongols in the 13th century. It became a part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the 14th century, and later the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. In 1503–1618, Starodub was a part of the Grand Duchy of Moscow and then Poland until 1648. During the Khmelnytskyi Uprising, it became the center of Starodub Cossack Regiment and enjoyed a large measure of autonomy between 1666 and 1686.

Starodub remained a part of autonomous Cossack Hetmanate until 1781 when it became an uyezd town. In 1796, Starodub was incorporated into Chernigov Governorate. In 1918, the town was occupied by the Germans. The Soviet authority was reinstated in November 1918.

During the Soviet period, Starodub was a part of Gomel Governorate (1919–1926), Bryansk Governorate (1926–1929), Western Oblast (1929–1937), and Oryol Oblast (1937–1944). The town was once again occupied by the Germans between August 18, 1941 and September 22, 1943. Starodub finally became a part of Bryansk Oblast in 1944.

Administrative and municipal status

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

Prior to January 1, 2013, Starodub was administratively incorporated as a town of district significance within Starodubsky District.


As a significant center of the Cossack Hetmanate, Starodub is the only place in Russia where authentic examples of Ukrainian Baroque may be seen. The Nativity Cathedral, built in 1617 and overhauled after a conflagration in 1677, is a typical example of Cossack Baroque. The Epiphany Church goes back to 1789, while the Church of St. Nicholas was erected in the Neoclassical style in 1802.

Notable people from Starodub



  1. 1 2 3 4 Law #13-Z
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Law #69-Z
  3. 1 2 Law #3-Z
  4. 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.
  5. 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.).
  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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