The Governor-Generalship of the Steppes
was a portion of Russian Central Asia
which included both much of modern Kazakhstan
(formerly known as the Kirghiz Steppe), and the region around Omsk
, which was formerly part of western Siberia
. It consisted of four provinces: Akmolinsk
, having a total area of 711,000 square meters and a total population of 2,472,931. In 1897
was the capital.