(Russian: Áàëàøî́â) is a town in Saratov Oblast, Russia, located on the Khopyor River. Population: 82,227 (2010 Census).
It has been known as the selo of Balashovo (Áàëàøîâî) since the end of the 18th century. In 1780, it was granted town status and became known as Balashov.
Administrative and municipal status
Within the framework of administrative divisions, Balashov serves as the administrative center of Balashovsky District, even though it is not a part of it. As an administrative division, it is incorporated separately as Balashov Town Under Oblast Jurisdiction administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts. As a municipal division, Balashov Town Under Oblast Jurisdiction is incorporated within Balashovsky Municipal District as Balashov Urban Settlement.
It was home to the Balashov air base.