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The Mangystau region
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Region profile
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Mangistau region is situated on the south-west of Kazakhstan, formerly called Mangishlak region. It is located on the Mangishlak plateau (Mangistau) to the east of the Caspian sea and  borders on Atyrau and Aktobe regions in the north-east, Turkmenia in the south, Uzbekistan in the east. Mangistau region is an industrial region, 25% of oil extracted in Kazakhstan. The pipeline takes the route Aktau-Zhetybai-Uzen. 

 Date of establishment:

   Formed from the eastern part of the Guriyev region. In 1988 the abovementioned region was abolished and in 1990 was reestablished as Mangistau        region.

Administrative centre:

   Aktau city

Administrative division:

   2 cities of region significance: Aktau and Zhanaozen cities

5 districts:

  Beineu district (Beineu settlement)

  Karakiya district (Kuryk settlement)

  Mangistau district  (Shetpe settlement)

  Munaily district (Mangistau settlement)

  Tupkaragai district (Fort-Shevchenko town)

  Akims of region:

 E. Tugzhanov (2017 - till present)

 А. Aidarbayev (2013 - 2017)

  B. Mukhammedzhanov  (2011-2013)

  K. Kusherbayev (2006-2011)

  B. Palimbetov (2002-2006)

  L. Kiinov (1999-2002)

  N. Bayev (1997- 1999)

  V. Levitin  (1995-1997)


   165 642 km²


   633 thousand people

 Phone code:

   +7 7292

 Zip codes:


Aktau city

Aktau is the administrative center of Mangistau region with the population of around 200,000 people.

The city sprang up entirely in the desert land as part of regional production complex. The construction of the RPC has commenced due to the discovery of rich mineral deposits, as well as the oil and gas reservoirs in the depths of the peninsula. In 1959 there lived 14 thousand inhabitants in the city, on the same year it is officially called as Aktau village. In 1963 the village became a city of the same name. Six months later, on July 1, 1964, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the remarkable Ukrainian poet and artist Taras Shevchenko, who was exiled here, the city was named after Shevchenko. In the mid 1970s the city Shevchenko had become known not only to the Soviet Union, but throughout the world because of the first nuclear reactor on fast neutrons, working on local raw materials - uranium and providing power generation and water desalination, that is the life of the city. Shevchenko city was awarded by the Gold Medal as the city, which had adapted  the unfavorable environment for human habitation in the best possibly way.

In 1991 the city retook the name of Aktau, that was given since the very foundation. Now it is a major industrial and maritime city, the sea gate of Kazakhstan, the city where Naval Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan are deployed.

Zhanaozen town

The town of regional subordination in Mangistau region of Kazakhstan. Zhanaozen was established in 1968 and it is located on the plateau Mangyshlak (Mangystau). There is an airport in the town. The town was called as New Uzen from 1968 to 1992. On October 7, 1993 renamed as Zhanaozen. As of January 1, 2012 122.1 thousand people reside at Zhanaozen, it is 17% of the total population of the region. The distance from Aktau to Zhanaozen is 150 km. Besides the city, Zhanaozen town government includes the settlement Tenge (with the number of residents 11.5 thousand) and the village Kyzylsai (3.5 thousand residents). Ethnic composition of the territory is the following: Kazakh, Russians, Ukrainians, Karakalpaks. The inhabitancy of the city increases at 3-4 thousand people per year due to migrant workers, and during the 2000s has increased in 1,5-2 according to various sources. Zhanaozen is a town with one of the most significant growth dynamics of the population in Kazakhstan

Fort-Shevchenko town

The town in Mangistau region of Kazakhstan, on the Mangyshlak Peninsula (Cape TyubKaragan). The port (Bautino) that is on the Caspian Sea. The area is 54.5 square kilometers. Total population: 5134 people. The main industries - food (fish factory) and shell rock excavation. The city was founded in 1846 as a military stronghold Novopetrovskoye and renamed the Fort Alexander in 1857. Taras Shevchenko was exiled here from 1850-1857.  In memory of him, in 1939 the fort was renamed into Fort-Shevchenko instead of Fort Alexander (in 1924, the fort was called Uritsky).

The town has a memorial museum Shevchenko; local history, ethnographic museums. The remains of the fortress are preserved. Shevchenko monument. Mass grave of the heroes of the Civil War. 2 km  away there is an architectural complex of XVI-XX centuries .; 31 km from the town - necropolis Beisenbay of XVII-XIX centuries.

Shetpe village

The village (formerly settlement), the administrative center of Mangistau district, Mangistau region of Kazakhstan. It is located 108 km north-east of Aktau city. Population: 13 062 thousand people. Railway station on the Beineu line - Zhanaozen. Aggregates factory. The Caspian cement factory was opened in 2008.

Kuryk (Yeraliyev) settlement

The settlement in Mangistau region of Kazakhstan. It is the center of Karakiya district . Located on the Mangyshlak Peninsula, on the shores of the Caspian Sea, 15 km away from the railway station Yeraliyev (line Beineu - New Uzen). There is an output of oil-field Oymash in the vicinity of. The first Kazakh shipyard  has been constructed near the Kuryk - Kuryk Caspian Shipyard Construction (ERSAI Caspian Contractor). Population: 8661 people.

Mangistau village (Mangyshlak)

The village is situated in Mangistau region of Kazakhstan. Located just 20 km from Aktau. Railway station on the Beineu line - New Uzen. Railway service and oil industry enterprises. In 2005, the urban-type settlement of Mangistau received the status of the village. Population: 21,004 people

of Mangistau region
Трумов Серикбай Утелгенович