Krai

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Krai (Russian: край; transliteration: krai or kray) is a term used to refer to seven of Russia's 88 federal subjects. Since the word krai also means border or end, it is used for regions located along the economic and geographic periphery. The formant -krai- in the toponym Ukraine (Ukrainian Україна; Russian Украйна) and ethnonym 'Ukrainian' derives from this Russian word meaning border, end, edge or brink.

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

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

Krais are subdivided into districts (raions).

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