|Girls in Soviet era uniforms, Victory Day celebrations in the capital. Lenin was part Kalmyk, but that didn’t save Russia from the Communist Party’s wrath. Stalin ordered the entire Kalmyk population loaded onto cattle cars and deported to Siberia after WW II.|
(Russian version) In 2010 I visited one of the most improbable places on Earth, the little-known European Republic of Kalmykia, a former Soviet state.
|Gilded Buddha, Mes Aynak, Afghanistan (CNN)|
|"Hey, it's Seagal!" (kalmykia.eu)|
|Modern suburb surrounding the World Chess Federation building, Elista, Kalmykia|
|Nyusha concert (kalmykia.eu)|
|Tea girl at car rally (kalmykia.eu)|