Volgograd Oblast (Russian: Волгогра́дская о́бласть, romanized: Volgogradskaya oblast) is a federal subject (an oblast) of Russia, located in the lower Volga region of Southern Russia. Its administrative center is Volgograd. The population of the oblast was 2,610,161 in the 2010 Census.
|Coordinates: 49°44′N 44°07′E|
|• Body||Oblast Duma|
|• Governor||Andrey Bocharov|
|• Total||113,900 km2 (44,000 sq mi)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||22/km2 (57/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+3 (MSK )|
|ISO 3166 code||RU-VGG|
|License plates||34, 134|
Formerly known as Stalingrad Oblast, it was given its present name in 1961, when the city of Stalingrad was renamed Volgograd as part of de-Stalinization. Volgograd Oblast borders Rostov Oblast in the southwest, Voronezh Oblast in the northwest, Saratov Oblast in the north, Astrakhan Oblast and the Republic of Kalmykia in the southeast, and has an international border with Kazakhstan in the east. The two main rivers in European Russia, the Don and the Volga, run through the oblast and are connected by the Volga–Don Canal. Volgograd Oblast's strategic waterways have made it a popular route for shipping and for the generation of hydroelectricity.
Volgograd Oblast was the primary site of the Battle of Stalingrad during World War II, often regarded as one of the single largest and the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare.