Krai

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Krai (Russian: край; British English transliteration: kray), is a term used to refer to several of Russia's 89 administrative regions (federal subjects). Since the word krai also means border or end, it is used for regions located along the economic and geographic periphery.

For lack of other English expressions, the term is often translated as region, territory, or province, although it actually approximately means "(part of) country", "(part of) countryside", "county".

Krais, oblasts, and republics have equal constitutional status within Russian Federation. Some krais are so enormous that they are larger than many European countries.

A krai is subdivided into districts (raions) (Russian: районы).

For details see Krais of Russia and Krais of Imperial Russia.

See also

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