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Oryol Oblast is one of Russia's smallest regions, about the same size as the Republic of Macedonia. The ancient cities in Oryol Oblast—Mtsensk, Bolkhov, and Livny—protected Russia from raids from the south and are mentioned in 12th century chronicles. The many museums preserve the traditions of unique clay whistles, delicate lace, and red embroidery, known here as Oryol Spis. These crafts are still alive today: artisans hold master classes for visitors and sell modern products made using ancient technology.More about the region