Oral (ôrälˈ) [key], formerly Uralsk yŏrălskˈ, Rus. ōrälskˈ, city (1989 pop. 199,835), NW Kazakhstan, on the Ural River. Among its industries are the repair of agricultural equipment, grain processing, and tanning. It was founded as Uralsk in 1622 by the Ural Cossacks, who fought with Stenka Razin in the uprising of 1667 and against the Bolsheviks in 1918–19. It was an important trade center on the border of European Russia and Kazakhstan.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
More on Oral from Fact Monster:
See more Encyclopedia articles on: CIS and Baltic Political Geography