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FEDERAL LAW OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

of December 18, 1997 No. 152-FZ

About names of geographical objects

(as amended on 30-12-2015)

Accepted by the State Duma on October 17, 1997

Approved by the Federation Council on December 3, 1997

This Federal Law establishes the legal basis of activities in the field of assignment of names to geographical objects and renamings of geographical objects, and also normalization, the uses, registration, accounting and preserving names of geographical objects as component of historical and cultural heritage of the people of the Russian Federation.

Article 1. Basic concepts

For the purposes of this Federal Law the following basic concepts are used:

geographical objects - existing or rather steady, characterized by certain location complete formations of Earth existing: continents, oceans, seas, gulfs, passages, islands, mountains, rivers, lakes, glaciers, deserts and other natural objects; republics, edges, areas, autonomous region, autonomous areas; cities, including federal cities, and other settlements; areas, administrative areas, aimags, kozhuuna, national areas, uluses, volosts, settlement councils, nasleg, village councils, national village councils, rural districts, sums, stanitsa districts and other administrative-territorial educations (administrative and territorial units); railway stations, seaports and river ports, airports;

names of geographical objects - place names which are appropriated to geographical objects and serve for their difference and recognition;

establishment of names of geographical objects - assignment of names to geographical objects and renaming of geographical objects;

normalization of the name of geographical object - determination of writing of the name of geographical object in state language of the Russian Federation and along with state language of the Russian Federation in other languages of the people of the Russian Federation according to rules of the Russian spelling and spelling of other languages of the people of the Russian Federation and according to traditions of the use of names of geographical objects in the specified languages;

ceased to be valid.

Article 2. Legislation of the Russian Federation on names of geographical objects

The legislation of the Russian Federation on names of geographical objects is based on the Constitution of the Russian Federation and consists of this Federal Law, the Federal Laws and other regulatory legal acts of the Russian Federation adopted according to it.

Article 3. Coverage of this Federal Law

Operation of this Federal Law extends to activities in the field of establishment, normalization, the uses, registration, accounting and preserving names of the geographical objects specified in article 1 of this Federal Law, geographical objects of the continental shelf and exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation, and also the geographical objects opened or allocated with the Russian researchers within the high sea and Antarctic if other is not provided by international treaties of the Russian Federation.

Article 4. Questions of maintaining the Russian Federation in the field of establishment, normalization, the use, registration, accounting and preserving names of geographical objects

Under the authority of the Russian Federation in the field of establishment, normalization, the use, registration, accounting and preserving names of geographical objects (further - in the field of names of geographical objects) are:

determination of state policy in the field of names of geographical objects;

assignment of names to geographical objects and renaming of geographical objects according to the procedure, established by this Federal Law;

determination of single requirements, regulations and rules of names of geographical objects, and also creation and maintaining the State catalog of place names;

development and adoption of federal programs in the field of names of geographical objects;

determination of the authorized federal executive bodies performing regulation in the field of names of geographical objects, and their powers;

determination of procedure for financing of works in the field of names of geographical objects;

international cooperation of the Russian Federation in the field of names of geographical objects;

other questions in the field of names of geographical objects.

Article 5. The authorized federal executive bodies performing regulation in the field of names of geographical objects

The authorized federal executive bodies performing regulation in the field of names of geographical objects, according to the procedure, established by the legislation of the Russian Federation, perform activities in the field of names of geographical objects together with other federal executive bodies within their competence.

Article 6. Single requirements, regulations and rules of names of geographical objects

1. Single requirements, regulations and rules of names of geographical objects are established by this Federal Law and other regulatory legal acts of the Russian Federation accepted according to it.

2. Voided according to the Federal Law of the Russian Federation of 10.07.2012 No. 99-FZ.

Article 6.1. Detection of the existing names of geographical objects

1. The existing names of geographical objects come to light based on regulatory legal acts of the Russian Federation, regulatory legal acts of subjects of the Russian Federation, statistical data, this official cartographical and reference media, other sources, and also by means of poll of the population of the corresponding territories, poll of local historians and other specialists.

2. The procedure for detection of the existing names of geographical objects is established by authorized federal executive body.

Article 7. Establishment of names of geographical objects

1. Voided according to the Federal Law of the Russian Federation of 10.07.2012 No. 99-FZ

2. The name appropriated to geographical object shall reflect the most characteristic signs of geographical object, the area in which this object, or features of life and activities of the population of the corresponding territory is located, to consist no more than of three words, it is natural to fit into already existing system of names of geographical objects.

Names of persons who were directly taking part in opening, studying, development or the basis of geographical objects can be appropriated to geographical objects. Names of outstanding state and public figures, representatives of science and culture and other persons having merits before the state posthumously can be appropriated to geographical objects which have no names.

Assignment of the same name to several uniform geographical objects within administrative-territorial education (administrative and territorial unit) is not allowed.

3. Renaming of geographical object is allowed in cases if:

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