4.1.2. The attribution of administrative units

This section contains the rules for entering administrative division attributes for Russia and the majority of the former Soviet republics. Type (level)

Choose the type (level) of an administrative division from the drop-down list in the upper panel:

The available types of administrative divisions form a hierarchy: every division includes divisions of an equal or greater level within it. For example:

  • Country → Region → District → Locality → Named territory
  • Country → Region → District → City → City district → Block

Administrative divisions at the first level (“Country”) and second level (“Region”) can not be created or edited on Yandex Map Editor. They function solely as items that lower-level administrative divisions can be linked to.

For a description of the General rules, see Section Type (level).

For a detailed description of every type and rules for building the hierarchy of administrative divisions, see below. Name

Administrative division names are primarily determined by the State Catalogue of Geographical Names of Russia (or similar documents for ex-USSR countries).

The Catalogue fully regulates the name format (for “Official” and “Caption”names): word order, capitalization, the usage of the letter “ё”, brackets, etc.).

If the name from the Catalogue doesn't sound good or violates the Map Editor naming rules, the better-sounding name should be included on the map as “Also known as”.

If the name isn't specified in the Catalogue, the attribute values for the “Name” of any administrative division should be set in accordance with the following rules: Rules for entering various types of names
  • Official — mandatory name type. Rules for writing names of this type are found in section
  • For caption on map — used if the item's caption on the map should differ from the official name. Rules for writing names of this type are found in section

  • The address contains — at present there are rules and standards for setting these names for administrative divisions of the city, municipality, and city region types:

    • Localities with the city status. Only enter the item's proper name (without the type) for the in address name.

      For example, official name — City of Moscow, in address — Moscow.

    • Municipality. Enter the item's proper name and a shortened form of the district type for the “in address” name.

      For example, official name — Noginsky municipal district, in address — Noginsky district.

    • City districts that the locality type in their official names. This type is omitted from the in address name.

      For example, official name — City Region of Chkalovsk, in address — Chkalovsk City Region.

  • Abbreviated — see Section Abbreviated.
  • Previously called — see section Renaming.
  • Also known as, historical — see Section Also known as, historical Rules for entering “Official names”

Official names must contain the type of administrative divisions (by level, while taking the laws of that country into account).

For example: Yamalo-Nenetsky Autonomous Area, Uralsky Federal Area, Tyumenskaya Region, Russian Federation, Village of Vysokaya Gora, Subdistrict of Zelyony Ostrov, Village of Marshal Zhukov.

Administrative divisions that are named territories are exception to this rule: you can enter the item type in the official name field.
Uppercase/lowercase letters in official names:
  • Always capitalize administrative division types.

  • All remaining words in names should be capitalized with the exception of the words “year”, “imeni” (the Russian word for "named after"), or “kilometer”, as well as other prepositions and conjunctions provided the name doesn't start with them.

    For example: Village of Vysokaya Gora, Subdistrict of Zelyony Ostrov, Village of Marshal Zhukov, Village of Karl Liebknecht, Village of 50 Let Oktyabrya, Village of 1905 Goda, Kaskad Na Lopatina Housing Complex, 47th Kilometer Block, V Lesu Cottage Settlement.
Official name composition: For the “locality” and “block” levels, put the type indication in the following position:
  • At the end of names, if the name includes an ordinal number. For example, “3rd block”.

  • In the middle of the name, if the name includes an ordinal number and noun (or adjective) in the [type + name] combination. For example: 2nd Village of Mashinostroenie, 9th Subdistrict of Tyopliy Stan.

    For blocks: if the name combination [type + name] includes an ordinal number and adjective that indicates district order. For example: 1st Zavodskoi Village.

  • Before the name in all other cases. For example: Block 25А, Village of Sverdlov, Village of Matveyevskoe, Village of Radishchevo, Village of Vysokaya Gora, Village of Severny, Village SU-4, etc. For the “city district” level, put the type indication in the following position:
  • Before the name if the name consists of a noun, such as District of Sokol, District of Vnukovo.

    This also applies if the name is a combination of an adjective and noun (for example: District of Maiskaya Gora, District of Sokolinaya Gora.

  • At the end of the name, if the name is represented by a regular adjective, possessive adjective, or adjective with a suffix “sc” or “Central Committee”; for example: Krasnoselsky district, Ostankino district. On the city district level:

Use official document sources of regional law to determine the name and word order.

The official name should not specify the parent administrative division, even if the standards for referring to the division are prescribed by law.
Writing official names:
  • Do not shorten names. All words should be fully written-out. You may, however, include well-known acronyms.
  • You should not expand acronyms and all letters should be capitalized. For example: CPSU Village.

    Territories that include gardening areas: if you know the form of ownership, then you can include it in the official name instead of the item type (written either as an acronym, or with lowercase letters). Does not apply

    Explaining abbreviations in administrative division types is desirable, but not mandatory. However, please do not abbreviate an existing detailed description, as this is considered an error.

    If the type or form of ownership of such territories is unknown, the official name indicates: “garden plot” (without abbreviations) or “dachas”, if on the inventory map these areas are marked as plots for country construction.

  • In memorial names that consist of either a first and last name, a title and last name, or a profession and last name, write out the first name, title and profession completely and put the last name after all these other elements. For example: Akademik Korolyov Village.
  • If the name contains an ordinal number, write the appropriate ending without a space. For example: 4th Village.
  • Use official sources to verify rules for writing numbers (i.e. if a number should be written in digit form or using letters). For example: XX Partsyezda St..
  • Don't use quotation marks in official names.

If official names of two or more administrative divisions completely overlap and it is impossible to link them to different parent items, please include additional information which would allow users to identify a particular locality into the “Official name” field. The additional information you include must be based on official documents.

For example: Kozlovo village (Kholmovsky rural district) and Kozlovo village (Sverdlovsky rural district).
The names of cottage settlements, gardening communities and other items listed on billboards or developers' websites (hereinafter: brand names) take priority the names of localities and address-forming blocks (hereinafter: official names).

Here are the options for displaying such items on the map:

  • If the boundaries of a cottage settlement completely overlap with the boundaries of a cadastral block, their names differ only by type, and the items share a common address, then the “Official” name of the administrative division must include the brand name, and the “Synonym, historical” name should include the official name of the locality.

    For example:

    • “Official”: Pervomayskoye cottage settlement.
    • “Synonym, historical”: non-profit garden partnership Pervomayskoye.
  • In other cases, two administrative divisions are created on the map within the same area, each with its own name.

    For example:

    • “Official”: Morskoy cottage settlement.
    • “Synonym, historical”: NST Trud.
Brand names or legal names of cottage settlements don't relate to geographic names. Write all parts of the name using uppercase letters.

For example:




For caption on map

Jupiter Cottage Settlement


Vatutinki-11 TIZ


Official names of administrative divisions should be written in Cyrillic characters for languages that use Cyrillic alphabet. Does not apply Rules for writing names in the “For caption on map field”

Rules differ for the following types of administrative divisions:

  • “Locality” (4) and “Block” (7), see point

  • “District” (3) — for urban and rural settlements as well as city and municipal districts, see point Locality (4) and Block (7)

Generally, you should only include the map item name (without its type) in the “For caption on map” field for administrative divisions of type 4 “Locality” and 7 “Block”, but there are exceptions to this rule.

Generally, caption names should only include the map item's proper name without its type:




For caption on map

City of Voronezh


Village of Severny


territory of Solnechny gardening co-operative


Gardening Co-op



The caption name includes the type and proper name in the following cases:

Naming particulars Official name Name for caption on map

The proper name is in the genetive case *)

Lenin Village

Lenin Village Lenin's

The proper "name" is a number *)

area of block 25A

block 25A

Proper name is an acronym *)

Village SU-4

Village NIIRP



The proper name is a name that has been used historically and includes the item type

Sloboda Coast

Sloboda Coast

For any type of localities, blocks, or districts whose name may be perceived as an indication that a type of industrial activity takes place there, that a military base is located nearby, etc. *) Village of Aerodromny POS. Aerodrome
If a “locality” is marked “Doesn't have an official status” and is located near another locality with the same name *) Village of Variksolovo and the Cottage Settlement of Variksolovo

Variksolovo and

CS of Variksolovo

Any localities located next to other localities with the same name that have a larger population *) Two villages named Krasnaya Pakhra

Krasnaya Pakhra

Krasnaya Pakhra

For nameless gardening collectives.

“Does not apply”

gardening sections Does not apply

Plots of land (territories of former localities without buildings or remnants of buildings).

Does not apply“”

Alekseyevskoe Land Plot ur. Alekseevskoe
Proper name consists of a kilometer designation *) Village of 29th kilometer POS. 29 km
If adjacent “locality” items are marked “Doesn't have an official status” Cottage Settlement of Beryozki

Gardeners' Partnership Beryozki

CS of Beryozki

GP of Beryozki


*) Does not apply “”

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If the locality name consists of a proper name and an indication that it belongs to an organization, then the caption name should only contain the proper name.

For example:

  • Official name — Beryozka Gardening Co-op of the Sverdlovsk Promsvyaz Factory,

  • Caption name — Beryozka.

Doesn't apply“”.

For example:

  • DOesn't apply

    • Doesn't apply
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  • Doesn't apply

    • Doesn't apply
    • Village of Ilyas Omarov (Russian language). District (Level 3)

Rules and examples of naming administrative divisions at the “District” level (3), which includes urban and rural settlements, city and municipal districts, and municipal areas, are given below.


When attributing level 3 divisions, keep in mind that the item type in the name should include the full typological description of the item without its proper name.

For example, in the item name “Nizhnyaya Maktama Township Municipality”, “Township Municipality” is the item type.


This section does not include rules for entering “captions” for municipalities of federal cities. City and municipal districts

For names using the template “N city district” or “N municipal district”, use the caption format of “N district”.

For example: Starookolsky district, Vesyegonsky district.

For names using the template “City district N” or “Municipal district N”, use the caption format of “district N”.

For example: Solnechnogorsk district.

If the proper name of a city district has the [locality type + name of locality] format, then leave the type out for the caption name.

For example:

  • The official name is Tula City Municipality, Vladimir City District.
  • The map caption is Tula District, Vladimir District. Municipalities

If the official name of a district includes the word “municipality”, don't include that word in the caption.

For example:

  • The official name is Petushinsky municipal district.
  • The map caption is Petushinsky district.

If an equivalent of “district” is used (from one of the Russian national republics), then translate those as district just as you would from Russian: “ улус (кожуун, аймак) = district”.

For example:

  • The official name is Megino-Kangalassky ulus municipal district; Ulug-Khemsky kozhuun.
  • The caption on the map is Megino-Kangalassky district; Ulug-Khemsky district. Urban and rural settlements

If a municipality has the status of an urban or rural settlement (unincorporated town or village), then don't write the type of settlement for the caption.

For example:

  • The official name — Frolishchi Workers Village.
  • The map caption is Frolishchi settlement.

Maintain the word order for the caption that exists in the official name.

For example:

  • The official name is Barvikhinskoe Village Settlement, Vsevolozhsk Urban Settlement.
  • The map caption is Barvikhinskoe settlement, Vsevolozhsk settlement.

If a municipality with the status “urban settlement” or“rural settlement” does not contain the word “settlement” in the official name, i.e., it has the type “municipal entity” and an official name of the type N municipal entity or municipal entity of N, then the following should be written in the signature name: N entity or entity of N.

For example:

  • The official name is Municipality of Urdomskoe.
  • The map caption is Urdomskoe Settlement.

If the proper name of a settlement has the [locality type + name of locality] format, then leave the type out for the caption name.

For example:

  • The official name is Yerdenyovo Village Settlement.
  • The map caption is Yerdenyovo settlement.
Example names for urban and rural settlements, as well as city and municipal districts (the “District” administrative division type, level 3)
Official name Name for caption on map
Starookolsky City District Starooskolskiy district
Domodedovo City District Domodedovo district
Tula City Municipality Tula district
Kaliningrad City District Kaliningrad District
Vesyegonsk municipal district Vesyegonsk district
Petushinsky municipal district Petushinsky district
Leninsky Municipality Leninsky District
Municipality of Alekseyevsky District and the City of Alekseyev Alekseyevsky District
Doesn't apply Megino-Kangalassky District
Novodevyatkinskoe Urban Settlement Novodevyatkinskoe Settlement
Ishnya Rural Settlement Ishnya Settlement
Gavrilov Yam Rural Settlement Gavrilov Yam Settlement
Novodmitrievsky Village Council Novodmitrievsky Village Council
Municipality of Karsky Village Council Karsky Village Council
Municipality of Urdomskoe Urdomskoe Settlement
Dubrovenskaya Parish Village Settlement Dubrovenskaya Parish
Yerdenyovo Village Settlement Yerdenyovo Settlement Parent division

The “Parent division” panel indicates the administrative division that the item you are adding is subordinate to (i.e. the division that the item contains).

For a description of the General rules, see Section Administrative subordination.

Keep in mind that some items may have two positions in the administrative division hierarchy. For example, Moscow is both a level 4 (locality) and a level 2 (sub-federal unit).

Additionally, sometimes levels can be skipped in the hierarchy.

There are seven hierarchy levels for administrative divisions on Yandex Map Editor. Follow these rules when working with hierarchies: Country (level 1)

Divisions at this level can not be created or edited on Yandex Map Editor. Region (Level 2)

In Russia, this level includes federal subjects, regions, provinces, autonomous regions, republics, federal/republic cities, and federal districts.

Second-level administrative divisions at this level can be nested. For example: Central Federal District (2) → Moscow Region (2).


Administrative divisions at the first and second level can not be created or edited on Yandex Map Editor. They function solely as items that lower-level administrative divisions can be linked to. District (Level 3)

“District” is the general term that refers to districts, provinces, republics, and autonomous areas. Municipal areas of Russia that are divided into urban and rural settlements, city and municipal districts in Russia, akimats in Kazakhstan, and regional districts of other countries belong to this level.

The parent division for districts is the region (level 2, “Regions”).

Likewise, level 3 divisions (urban and rural settlements that form part of a municipal district, or city districts) are considered parent divisions for the individual localities (level 4, i.e. “Localities”) on their territories.

For example:
  • Russian Federation (level 1) → Northwest Federal Area (2) → Arkhangelsk Region (2) → Primorsky Municipality (3) → Malye Korely Village (4);

  • Russian Federation (level 1) → Northwest Federal Area (2) → Arkhangelsk Region (2) → Arkhangelsk City District (3) → Talazhsky Aviagorodok Village (4).

Divisions at this hierarchical level can be nested: for all urban/rural settlements (level 3), the parent divisions are the municipal districts they are located in (also level 3).

For example: Kamyshinsky Municipality (3) → Verkhnedobrinskoe Village Settlement (3).

If there is no data for the urban or rural settlements, then you can also enter the municipalities (level 3) as the parent divisions for individual localities (level 4).

However, city districts (level 3) can't be parent divisions for other items that are at the same level.

When building the hierarchy of administrative divisions in Russia, keep the following in mind:
  • Some districts in Russian national republics are not officially called “districts”, but for all intents and purposes they are, so they should be assigned to level 3 in the hierarchy. For example, part of the districts in Yakutia are called “uluses” (see https://www.sakha.gov.ru/administrativno-territorialnoe-delenie), and the districts in Tyva are called “kozhuuns”.
  • Some Russian rural settlements are not officially called rural settlements, but for all intents and purposes they are, so they should be assigned to level 3 in the hierarchy. For example, some rural settlements (uluses) in Yakutia are called “naslegs”, there are rural settlements in Pskovskaya Region called “volosts” (parishes), and some rural settlements in the Russian regions are “village councils”.“”
  • The Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative districts in Moscow are also level 3 divisions. Locality (level 4)

This level of the hierarchy comprises localities that are officially registered as legal subjects of the Russian Federation in the State Catalogue of Geographical Names and not part of other localities. These include cities, towns, villages, and so on. Additionally, this level always includes gardening co-ops, cottage settlements, and similar localities that are fenced off from the surrounding structures and have the same developer or seller as well as their own brand name.

In sparsely populated, sprawling territories that are far from urban areas, this level also includes individual homes that have names. Mark these homes as the Center of the administrative division using placemarks (not polygons).


This level also includes territories of former localities that still have addresses and streets (such as in the Chernobyl zone).

Level 3 (“District”) map items are the parent divisions of independent localities (level 4 items) in all countries (including Russia). The former is made up of the urban and rural settlements whose territory is occupied by localities. If there are no urban or rural settlements, then the municipal district or city region that the locality is located on will function as the parent item.

Level 4 items are the parent entities of level 7 administrative units: blocks (except for the blocks of the same name located within one locality, which are linked to city districts) as well as localities within other localities.

You can nest items at this level: gardening co-ops located on the territories of localities will form a second locality level. For example: city of Penze (4) → Ivushka gardening co-op (4).

Localities on the territories of federal cities are classified according to their own rules.

For example:
  • Russian Federation (Level 1) → Central Federal Area (2) → Moscow Region (2) → City District of Balashikh (3) → City of Balashikh (4)

  • Russian Federation (Level 1) → Northwest Federal Area (2) → Arkhangelsk Region (2) → Yamalo-Nenetsky Autonomous Area (2) → Municipality of Zapolyarny (3) → Township of Iskateley (4)

  • Russian Federation (Level 1) → Central Federal Area (2) → Ivanovskaya Region (2) → Kineshma City District (3) → City of Kineshma (4) → Stroitel Gardening Co-op (4).


The cadastral address is descriptive of the function and does not determine what administrative division belongs to a locality. The cadastral address of a gardening co-op generally includes the name of the closest locality, but it's often the case that the co-op is not part of the locality.

You must look at the land-use category (“Characteristics”) to determine how the co-op relates to other divisions.

Localities may only contain territories of the “Locality grounds” categories.

All gardening co-ops located on agricultural lands can not be considered part of localities (the Russian Federation land codex does not allow for this). Indicate the municipality, city district, or urban/rural settlement (but not locality) for these gardening co-ops using the “Parent division” attribute. City district (Level 5)

City districts have their own hierarchical level separate from that for subdistricts and blocks.

In the Russian Federation, this level includes:

  1. In the federal city of Moscow: administrative regions (other than Novomoskovsky and Troitsky) and districts.

  2. In the federal city of Saint Petersburg: administrative regions and municipalities

  3. In the federal city of Sevastopol: Gagarinsky, Leninsky regions and Nakhimov Municipal City District.

  4. City administrative districts (areas) that are officially recognized in district legislation are included in the appropriate registers for that administrative division.

For city districts, an administrative unit of level 5 (City district) or higher with the smallest area that completely encompasses this district is selected as the parent.

Note. In the Russian Federation, the parent items for this level are cities (level 3).

City districts are the parent entities for blocks of the same name located within one locality.


Assign territorial divisions and items that don't meet the conditions listed above (even if their names contain the word “district”) to level 6 (named territory) or 7 (block). Named territory (level 6)

This level of the hierarchy includes:

  1. Unofficial territories within localities that have borders and established informal or historical names.

    Note. Do not label territories with type names (for example, “residential area”, “farm”, “cottages”)

    if they are used as proper names.

    For example: Ivanovskaya Gorka (Moscow), Slavonsky Konets Historical District (Veliky Novgorod), Kirzavod block (Davlekanovo), Kaloshino and Choboty territories in Moscow (whose names refer to the villages formerly located there that not formally part of the address), Centers (in many small towns).

  2. Tracts of land that were settled at some point (former localities or agricultural areas) with or without remnants of landmarks.

    Note. Similarly uninhabited areas that still have addresses and streets (such as the Chernobyl zone) are classified as localities (level 4).
  3. Previously inhabited areas where no anthropogenic influence can be discerned via satellite imagery.

    These items are represented using placemarks (not polygons).

  4. Intersections and interchanges with established names.

    Note. If a name is derived from an item's location or names of the roads that are part of the area, this name is not considered an official established name.

Enter an “Official” name for these types of territories (even though they don't have official names per se, which their level classification attests to).

Nesting of named territories is not allowed: parent divisions for levels 6 items always have to be located at a higher hierarchy level. Even in cases where the named territory (level 6) is located in an unofficial district that is also a level 6 item, the locality is still the parent item for both of them.

For example, Stary Oskol locality is on the historical site of “Uglinskaya Gora” (level 6) and is located wholly on the territory of the “Yezdotskaya Sloboda” (level 6) historical area, but the parent map item for both of them is the “City of Stary Oskol” (level 4).


Level 6 items can not have daughter items; addresses and roads can not be linked to them. Blocks (level 7)

This level of the hierarchy includes:

  1. Former villages, towns, and cities that are no longer official localities but whose names are used in addresses.

    For example: the former city of Klimovsk that became part of the city of Podolsk has its own addressing system, the former "working village" of Pirogovsky that became part of the city of Mytishchy has its own addressing system, and the village of Ivakino that became part of the city of Khimky has its own addressing system.

  2. Former villages and settlements that are no longer official localities and whose names are not used in addresses, but who still have standalone structures and landmark value.

    For example: the villages of Chebaks and Kulsitovo in Kazan, the villages of Shchibrovo and Burtsevo in Moscow, the rural village of Bakovka in Odintsovo, the rural village of Rastorguevo in Vidnoye.

  3. Residential areas, towns, and villages located on the territory of localities that do not have an official status but are referenced as citywide landmarks in official documents (for designation purposes) and used in transport stop names, media, and advertising (by officially registered mass media organizations and advertising agencies). If you are not sure what an item's type is, give preference to whatever one is used in local government documents.

    For example: the village of Klement in Sergiev Posad, the towns of Koposovo and Vysokovo in Nizhny Novgorod, and the Voznesenskoe residential development in Kazan.

  4. Architectural planning divisions that have the “subdistrict” or “block” types in their names may be located within localities or outside of them.

    For example: the Burnakovsky subdistrict in Nizhny Novgorod, the Novo-Syrovo subdistrict in Podolsk, the 7-th subdistrict.

  5. Named individual homes and small structures on farms that don't have numbered addresses other than proper names. Also see point


    The exception is named residential buildings and broad, sparsely populated areas, see point

  6. Residential complexes ─ blocks, individual buildings, and groups of buildings that are at least three stories high, usually share a common architectural plan, are fenced off from other buildings in the area, and have their own brand name.

  7. Territories of sports complexes (including ski trails, race tracks, recreation parks), recreation areas (resorts, country hotels), industrial parks, factory clusters, and active military cities that contain named passageways and addresses within the item itself.


Check the official status of a map item using cadastral maps and other tools used to enter items in the state address register (in Russia this is the Rosreestr and Registers of localities and other formations (FIAS)).

The parent items for this level are the following:

The administrative unit with the smallest area that completely encompasses the block (except for units of the City district and Named territory types).

The exception is blocks of the same name located within one locality, which are linked to city districts (level 5). Center

See Section It is the center. City

See Section Is a city. Municipality

see Section It is a municipality. Doesn't have an official status

See Section Does not have an official status. Population

See Section Population.