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- noun One of the administrative divisions of the former Soviet Union created for certain “smaller” nations and characterized by following features: they were given an
autonomywithin a union republic or, in the RSFSR, within a krai; had a status lower than an autonomous republic; had a different titulary nation from that of their union republic/krai. Abbreviated as AO.
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