Or Mordovia; Autonomous republic of central Russian Federation
Area 26,200 sq km/10,100 sq mi
Physical river Sura on the East; forested in the W
Industries sugar beet, grains, potatoes; sheep and dairy farming; timber, furniture, and textiles
Population (1986) 964,000
Language Russian, Mordvin
History Mordvinia was conquered by Russian princes during the 13th century. It was made an autonomous region 1930, and an Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic 1934. It remained an autonomous republic of Russia after the dissolution of the Soviet Union 1991.