Saint Petersburg Governorate

Saint Petersburg Governorate

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Saint Petersburg Governorate

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Saint Petersburg Governorate (, Sankt-Peterburgskaya guberniya), or Government of Saint Petersburg, was an administrative division (a guberniya) of the Russian Empire, which existed in 1708–1927.

Together with seven other governorates, it was established by Tsar Peter the Great's edict as Ingermanland Governorate (, Ingermanlandskaya guberniya) on , 1708 on the territories conquered from the Swedish Empire in the Great Northern War.

As with the rest of the governorates, the description of Ingermandland Governorate's borders was not given. Instead, the territory was defined as a set of cities and the lands adjacent to those cities.

By another edict on June 3, 1710, the governorate was renamed St. Petersburg Governorate after the newly founded city of Saint Petersburg, and in 1721 the former Swedish of Duchy of Ingria, and parts of the County of Kexholm and the County of Viborg and Nyslott were formally ceded to Russia in the Treaty of Nystad. After the Treaty of Åbo in 1743, the parts of Kexholm and Viborg were joined with new territorial gains from Sweden into the Governorate of Vyborg ().

From August 18, 1914 to January 26, 1924 it was named Petrograd Governorate, and in 1924-1927 — Leningrad Governorate. It was abolished on August 1, 1927 when modern Leningrad Oblast was created.

Leaders of the governorate

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