HOME
The Info List - Kalmykia


--- Advertisement ---



The Republic of Kalmykia
Kalmykia
(Russian: Респу́блика Калмы́кия, tr. Respublika Kalmykiya, IPA: [rʲɪsˈpublʲɪkə kɐlˈmɨkʲɪjə]; Kalmyk: Хальмг Таңһч, Xaľmg Tañhç IPA: [xaɮʲməg tʰaŋɣət͡ʃʰə]) is a federal subject of Russia
Russia
(a republic). As of the 2010 Census, its population was 289,481.[9] Kalmykia
Kalmykia
is the only region in Europe
Europe
where Buddhism
Buddhism
is the most practiced religion,[15] with Buddhists being the plurality of the population.[16][17] Elista, the capital of the republic, has of late, gained an international reputation for international chess competitions.

Contents

1 Geography

1.1 Climate

2 History

2.1 Kalmyk autonomy 2.2 Russian Civil War
Russian Civil War
and the flight of the Don Kalmyks 2.3 Soviet period 2.4 World War II 2.5 1943 Kalmyk deportation 2.6 Post-war Kalmykia

3 Administrative divisions 4 Demographics

4.1 Vital statistics 4.2 Ethnic groups 4.3 Religion

5 Politics 6 Economy 7 Education 8 Emigration and culture 9 See also 10 References

10.1 Notes 10.2 Sources

11 Further reading 12 External links

Geography[edit] The republic is located in the southwestern part of European Russia and borders, clockwise, with Volgograd Oblast
Volgograd Oblast
in the northwest and north, Astrakhan Oblast
Astrakhan Oblast
in the north and east, the Republic of Dagestan
Dagestan
in the south, Stavropol Krai
Stavropol Krai
in the southwest, and with Rostov Oblast
Rostov Oblast
in the west. It is washed by the Caspian Sea
Caspian Sea
in the southeast. A small stretch of the Volga River
Volga River
flows through eastern Kalmykia. Other major rivers include the Yegorlyk, the Kuma, and the Manych. Lake Manych-Gudilo
Lake Manych-Gudilo
is the largest lake; other lakes of significance include Lakes Sarpa and Tsagan-Khak. In all, however, Kalmykia possesses few lakes. Kalmykia's natural resources include coal, oil, and natural gas. The republic's wildlife includes the saiga antelope, whose habitat is protected in Chyornye Zemli Nature Reserve. Climate[edit] Kalmykia
Kalmykia
has a cold semi-desert climate, with hot and dry summers and cold winters with little snow. The average January temperature is −5 °C (23 °F) and the average July temperature is +24 °C (75 °F). Average annual precipitation ranges from 170 millimeters (6.7 in) in the east of the republic to 400 millimeters (16 in) in the west. The small town Utta is the hottest place in the whole of Russia. On July 12, 2010, during a significant heatwave affecting all of Russia, an all-time record-high temperature was observed at 45.4 °C. History[edit]

This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (April 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

Map of the Republic of Kalmykia.

The Golden Temple in Elista.

According to the Kurgan
Kurgan
hypothesis, the upland regions of modern-day Kalmykia
Kalmykia
formed part of the cradle of Indo-European culture. Hundreds of Kurgans can be seen in these areas, known as the Indo-European Urheimat (Samara culture, Sredny Stog culture, Yamna culture). The territory of Kalmykia
Kalmykia
is unique in that it has been the home in successive periods to many major world religions and ideologies. Prehistoric paganism and shamanism gave way to Judaism
Judaism
with the Khazars. This was succeeded by Islam
Islam
with the Alans
Alans
while the Mongol hordes brought Tengriism, and the later Nogais
Nogais
were Muslim, before their replacement by the present-day Buddhist
Buddhist
Oirats/Kalmyks. With the annexation of the territory by the Russian Empire, Christianity arrived with Slavic settlers, before all religion was suppressed after the Russian Revolution. Shamanism
Shamanism
has in all probability remained a constant, often hidden, substrate of folk-practice, as it is today. Kalmyk autonomy[edit]

This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (November 2007) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

The ancestors of the Kalmyks, the Oirats, migrated from the steppes of southern Siberia on the banks of the Irtysh River
Irtysh River
to the Lower Volga region. Various reasons have been given for the move, but the generally accepted answer is that the Kalmyks
Kalmyks
sought abundant pastures for their herds. Another motivation may have been to escape the growing dominance of the neighboring Dzungar Mongol tribe.[18] They reached the lower Volga region in or about 1630. That land, however, was not uncontested pastures, but rather the homeland of the Nogai Horde, a confederation of Turkic-speaking nomadic tribes. The Kalmyks expelled the Nogais
Nogais
who fled to the Caucasian plains and to the Crimean Khanate, areas under the control of the Ottoman Empire. Some Nogai groups sought the protection of the Russian garrison at Astrakhan. The remaining nomadic Mongol Oirats
Oirats
tribes became vassals of Kalmyk Khan. The Kalmyks
Kalmyks
settled in the wide open steppes from Saratov
Saratov
in the north to Astrakhan on the Volga delta in the south and to the Terek River
Terek River
in the southwest. They also encamped on both sides of the Volga River, from the Don River in the west to the Ural River
Ural River
in the east. Although these territories had been recently annexed by Russia, it was in no position to settle the area with Russian colonists. This area under Kalmyk control would eventually be called the Kalmyk Khanate. Within twenty-five years of settling in the lower Volga region, the Kalmyks
Kalmyks
became subjects of the Tsar. In exchange for protecting Russia's southern border, the Kalmyks
Kalmyks
were promised an annual allowance and access to the markets of Russian border settlements. The open access to Russian markets was supposed to discourage mutual raiding on the part of the Kalmyks
Kalmyks
and of the Russians
Russians
and Bashkirs, a Russian-dominated Turkic people, but this was not often the practice. In addition, Kalmyk allegiance was often nominal, as the Kalmyk Khans practiced self-government, based on a set of laws they called the Great Code of the Nomads (Iki Tsaadzhin Bichig). The Kalmyk Khanate
Kalmyk Khanate
reached its peak of military and political power under Ayuka Khan (1669–1724). During his era, the Kalmyk Khanate fulfilled its responsibility to protect the southern borders of Russia and conducted many military expeditions against its Turkic-speaking neighbors. Successful military expeditions were also conducted in the Caucasus. The Khanate experienced economic prosperity from free trade with Russian border towns, China, Tibet
Tibet
and with their Muslim neighbors. During this era, the Kalmyks
Kalmyks
also kept close contacts with their Oirat kinsmen in Dzungaria, as well as the Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama
in Tibet. Russian Civil War
Russian Civil War
and the flight of the Don Kalmyks[edit]

This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (November 2007) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

After the October Revolution
October Revolution
in 1917, many Don Kalmyks
Kalmyks
joined the White Russian army and fought under the command of Generals Denikin and Wrangel during the Russian Civil War. Before the Red Army
Red Army
broke through to the Crimean Peninsula
Crimean Peninsula
towards the end of 1920, a large group of Kalmyks
Kalmyks
fled from Russia
Russia
with the remnants of the defeated White Army to the Black Sea ports of Turkey. The majority of the refugees chose to resettle in Belgrade, Serbia. Other, much smaller, groups chose Sofia
Sofia
(Bulgaria), Prague (Czechoslovakia) and Paris
Paris
and Lyon
Lyon
(France). The Kalmyk refugees in Belgrade
Belgrade
built a Buddhist
Buddhist
temple there in 1929. Soviet period[edit] In the summer of 1919, Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin
Vladimir Lenin
issued an appeal[19] to the Kalmyk people, calling for them to revolt and to aid the Red Army. Lenin promised to provide the Kalmyks, among other things, a sufficient quantity of land for their own use. The promise came to fruition on November 4, 1920, when a resolution was passed by the All-Russian Central Executive Committee proclaiming the formation of the Kalmyk Autonomous Oblast. Fifteen years later, on October 22, 1935, the Oblast was elevated to republic status, Kalmyk Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. In line with the policy of Korenizatsiya
Korenizatsiya
based on the concept of titular nations, the government of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
adopted a strategy of national delimitation, while at the same time enforcing the Leninist principle of democratic centralism. According to Dorzha Arbakov, decentralized governing bodies were a tool the Bolsheviks used to control the Kalmyk people:

... the Soviet authorities were greatly interested in Sovietizing Kalmykia
Kalmykia
as quickly as possible and with the least amount of bloodshed. Although the Kalmyks
Kalmyks
alone were not a significant force, the Soviet authorities wished to win popularity in the Asian and Buddhist
Buddhist
worlds by demonstrating their evident concern for the Buddhists in Russia.[20]

After establishing control, the Soviet authorities did not overtly enforce an anti-religion policy, other than through passive means, because it sought to bring Mongolia[21] and Tibet[22] into its sphere of influence. The government also was compelled to respond to domestic disturbances resulting from the economic policies of War Communism
War Communism
and the 1921 famine. The passive measures that were taken by Soviet authorities to control the people included the imposition of a harsh tax to close places of worship and religious schools. The Cyrillic script replaced Todo Bichig, the traditional Kalmyk vertical script. On January 22, 1922, Mongolia
Mongolia
proposed to migrate the Kalmyks
Kalmyks
during the famine in Kalmykia, but Russia
Russia
refused. 71–72,000 Kalmyks
Kalmyks
died during the famine.[23][dubious – discuss] The Kalmyks
Kalmyks
revolted against Russia
Russia
in 1926, 1930 and 1942–1943. In March 1927, Soviet deported 20,000 Kalmyks
Kalmyks
to Siberia, tundra and Karelia.[23] The Kalmyks
Kalmyks
of the Don Voisko Oblast
Don Voisko Oblast
were subject to the policies of de-cossackization where villages were destroyed, khuruls (temples) and monasteries were burned down and executions were indiscriminate. At the same time, grain, livestock and other foodstuffs were seized.[citation needed] In December 1927 the Fifteenth Party Congress of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
passed a resolution calling for the "voluntary" collectivization of agriculture. The change in policy was accompanied by a new campaign of repression, directed initially against the small farming class. The objective of this campaign was to suppress the resistance of farming peasants to the full-scale collectivization of agriculture. World War II[edit]

This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (November 2007) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

On June 22, 1941, the German army invaded the Soviet Union. By August 12, 1942, the German Army Group South
Army Group South
captured Elista, the capital of the Kalmyk ASSR. After capturing the Kalmyk territory, German army officials established a propaganda campaign with the assistance of anti-communist Kalmyk nationalists, including white emigre, Kalmyk exiles. German benevolence, however, did not extend to all people living in the Kalmyk ASSR. At least 93 Jewish families, for example, were rounded up and killed. The total Jewish dead numbered between 100[24] and upwards of 700, according to documents held in the Kalmyk State Archives.[25] The campaign was focused primarily on recruiting and organizing Kalmyk men into anti-Soviet, militia units.

Kalmüken Verband Dr. Doll (Kalmukian Volunteers) Abwehrtrupp 103 (Kalmukian Volunteers) Kalmücken-Legion or Kalmücken-Kavallerie-Korps (Kalmukian Volunteers)

The Kalmyk units were extremely successful in flushing out and killing Soviet partisans. But by December 1942, the Soviet Red army retook the Kalmyk ASSR, forcing the Kalmyks
Kalmyks
assigned to those units to flee, in some cases, with their wives and children in hand. The Kalmyk units retreated westward into unfamiliar territory with the retreating German army and were reorganized into the Kalmuck Legion, although the Kalmyks
Kalmyks
themselves preferred the name Kalmuck Cavalry Corps. The casualty rate also increased substantially during the retreat, especially among the Kalmyk officers. To replace those killed, the German army imposed forced conscription, taking in teenagers and middle-aged men. As a result, the overall effectiveness of the Kalmyk units declined. By the end of the war, the remnants of the Kalmuck Cavalry Corps made its way to Austria where the Kalmyk soldiers and their family members became post-war refugees. Those who did not want to leave formed militia units that chose to stay behind and harass the oncoming Soviet Red Army.

Memorial dedicated to Kalmyk soldiers who fought in the Red Army during World War II.

Although a large number of Kalmyks
Kalmyks
chose to fight against the Soviet Union, the majority by-and-large remained loyal to their country, fighting the German army in regular Soviet Red army units and in partisan resistance units behind the battlelines throughout the Soviet Union. Before their removal from the Soviet Red Army
Red Army
and from partisan resistance units after December 1943, approximately 8,000 Kalmyks
Kalmyks
were awarded various orders and medals, including 21 Kalmyk men who were recognized as a Hero of the Soviet Union.[26] 1943 Kalmyk deportation[edit] On December 27, 1943, Soviet authorities declared the Kalmyk people guilty of cooperation with the German Army and ordered the deportation of the entire Kalmyk population, including those who had served with the Soviet Army, to various locations in Central Asia and Siberia. In conjunction with the deportation, the Kalmyk ASSR was abolished and its territory was split between adjacent Astrakhan, Rostov and Stalingrad Oblasts and Stavropol Krai. To completely obliterate any traces of the Kalmyk people, the Soviet authorities renamed the former republic's towns and villages.[27] The population transfer occurred immediately in the middle of the evening. No one was given advanced notification or time to assemble their belongings, including warm clothing, in preparation for their forced relocation. They were transported in trucks from their homes to the local railway stations where they were loaded in unheated cattle cars. In many cases, the cars were filled beyond capacity and did not contain bathrooms. Food was not provided, and water fell through the holes and cracks in the cattle car in the form of snow. As a result of these harsh conditions, many children and elderly men and women died en route. Post-war Kalmykia[edit]

Elista, the capital of Kalmykia, 9 May 2015.

Due to their widespread dispersal in Siberia their language and culture suffered possibly irreversible decline. Khrushchev finally allowed their return in 1957, when they found their homes, jobs, and land occupied by imported Russians
Russians
and Ukrainians, who remained.[citation needed] On January 9, 1957, Kalmykia
Kalmykia
again became an autonomous oblast, and on July 29, 1958, an autonomous republic within the Russian SFSR. In the following years bad planning of agricultural and irrigation projects resulted in widespread desertification, and economically unviable industrial plants were constructed. After the dissolution of the USSR, Kalmykia
Kalmykia
kept the status of an autonomous republic within the newly formed Russian Federation (effective March 31, 1992). Administrative divisions[edit] Main article: Administrative divisions of the Republic of Kalmykia Demographics[edit] Population: 289,481 (2010 Census);[9] 292,410 (2002 Census);[28] 322,589 (1989 Census).[29] Vital statistics[edit]

Source: Russian Federal State Statistics Service

Average population (x 1000) Live births Deaths Natural change Crude birth rate (per 1000) Crude death rate (per 1000) Natural change (per 1000) Fertility rates

1970 269 4,801 1,661 3,140 17.8 6.2 11.7

1975 283 5,923 2,228 3,695 20.9 7.9 13.1

1980 299 7,062 2,735 4,327 23.6 9.1 14.5

1985 314 7,945 2,832 5,113 25.3 9.0 16.3

1990 326 6,828 2,669 4,159 20.9 8.2 12.7 2,66

1991 327 6,369 2,755 3,614 19.5 8.4 11.1 2,58

1992 323 5,865 2,806 3,059 18.2 8.7 9.5 2,57

1993 319 5,027 3,167 1,860 15.8 9.9 5.8 2,30

1994 317 4,684 3,226 1,458 14.8 10.2 4.6 2,20

1995 316 4,321 3,359 962 13.7 10.6 3.0 2,03

1996 314 3,929 3,232 697 12.5 10.3 2.2 1,82

1997 313 3,845 3,072 773 12.3 9.8 2.5 1,77

1998 311 3,858 3,279 579 12.4 10.5 1.9 1,76

1999 309 3,598 3,356 242 11.6 10.8 0.8 1,62

2000 308 3,473 3,439 34 11.3 11.2 0.1 1,55

2001 302 3,530 3,357 173 11.7 11.1 0.6 1,57

2002 295 3,729 3,637 92 12.7 12.3 0.3 1,70

2003 291 3,874 3,437 437 13.3 11.8 1.5 1,77

2004 291 3,923 3,184 739 13.5 11.0 2.5 1,77

2005 290 3,788 3,350 438 13.1 11.5 1.5 1,69

2006 289 3,820 3,207 613 13.2 11.1 2.1 1,69

2007 289 4,146 3,141 1,005 14.3 10.9 3.5 1,83

2008 289 4,354 2,976 1,378 15.1 10.3 4.8 1,93

2009 289 4,270 3,115 1,155 14.8 10.8 4.0 1,81

2010 289 4,432 3,191 1,241 15.3 11.0 4.3 1,88

2011 288 4,194 2,920 1,274 14,5 10,1 4.4 1,81

2012 286 4,268 2,870 1,398 15,0 10,1 4.9 1,89

2013 283 4,126 2,805 1,321 14,6 9,9 4.7 1,88

2014 281 3,969 2,787 1,182 14,1 9,9 4.2 1,85

2015 280 3,823 2,743 1,080 13,6 9,8 3.8 1,83

2015 278 3,492 2,709 783 12,5 9,7 2.8 1,72(e)

Ethnic groups[edit] Main article: Demographics of Russia
Russia
§ Peoples of the Caucasus

Ethnic map of Caucasus

According to the 2010 Census, Kalmyks
Kalmyks
make up 57.4% of the republic's population. Other groups include Russians
Russians
(30.2%), Dargins (2.7%), Chechens
Chechens
(1.2%), Kazakhs
Kazakhs
(1.7%), Turks (1.3%), Avars (0.8%) Ukrainians (0.5%), ethnic Germans (0.4%).[9]

Ethnic group 1926 census 1939 census 1959 census 1970 census 1979 census 1989 census 2002 census 2010 census1

Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number %

Kalmyks 107,026 75.6% 107,315 48.6% 64,882 35.1% 110,264 41.1% 122,167 41.5% 146,316 45.4% 155,938 53.3% 162,740 57.4%

Russians 15,212 10.7% 100,814 45.7% 103,349 55.9% 122,757 45.8% 125,510 42.6% 121,531 37.7% 98,115 33.6% 85,712 30.2%

Others 19,356 13.7% 12,555 5.7% 16,626 9.0% 34,972 13.0% 46,850 15.9% 54,732 17.0% 38,357 13.1% 35,239 12.4%

1 5,790 people were registered from administrative databases, and could not declare an ethnicity. It is estimated that the proportion of ethnicities in this group is the same as that of the declared group.[30]

This statistics is about the demographics of the Kalmyks
Kalmyks
in the Russian Empire, Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and Russian Federation.

1897[31] 1926 1939 1959 1970 1979 1989 2002 2010

190,648 128,809 129,786 100,603 131,318 140,103 165,103 174,000 183,372

Religion[edit]

Religion in Kalmykia
Kalmykia
as of 2012 (Sreda Arena Atlas)[32][33]

Russian Orthodoxy

18%

Other Christians

0.8%

Islam

4.8%

Buddhism

37.6%

Rodnovery
Rodnovery
and other native faiths

3%

Spiritual but not religious

13.2%

Atheism
Atheism
and irreligion

13%

Other and undeclared

9.6%

Tibetan Buddhism
Buddhism
is the traditional and most popular religion among the Kalmyks, while Russians
Russians
in the country practice predominantly Russian Orthodoxy. A minority of Kalmyks
Kalmyks
practices pre-Buddhist shamanism or Tengrism
Tengrism
(a contemporary revival of the Turkic and Mongolic shamanic religions). Many people are unaffiliated and non-religious. As of a 2012 survey[32] 37.6% of the population of Kalmykia
Kalmykia
adheres to Buddhism, 18% to the Russian Orthodox Church, 4% to Islam, 3% to Tengrism
Tengrism
or Kalmyk shamanism, 1% are unaffiliated Christians, 1% are either Orthodox Christian believers who don't belong to church or members of non-Russian Orthodox churches, 0.4% adheres to forms of Hinduism, and 9.0% follows other religion or did not give an answer to the survey. In addition, 13% of the population declares to be "spiritual but not religious" and another 13% to be atheist.[32]

Politics[edit]

Parliament of Kalmykia
Kalmykia
in Lenina Square, Elista.

The head of the government in Kalmykia
Kalmykia
is called "The Head of the Republic". The President of Russia
Russia
selects a candidate for the Head of the Republic position and presents it to the Parliament of Kalmyk Republic, the People's Khural, for approval. If a candidate is not approved, the President of the Russian Federation
Russian Federation
can dissolve the Parliament and set up new elections. From 1993 to 2010, the Head of the Republic was Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov. He is also the president of the world chess organization FIDE. He has spent much of his fortune on promoting chess in Kalmykia—where chess is compulsory in all primary schools—and also overseas, with Elista, the capital of Kalmykia, hosting many international tournaments. In the late 1990s, the Ilyumzhinov government was alleged to be spending too much government money on chess-related projects. The allegations were published in Sovietskaya Kalmykia, the opposition newspaper in Elista. Larisa Yudina, the journalist who investigated these accusations, was kidnapped and murdered in 1998. Two men, Sergei Vaskin and Tyurbi Boskomdzhiv, who worked in the local civil service, were charged with her murder, one of them having been a former presidential bodyguard. After prolonged investigations by the Russian authorities, both men were found guilty and jailed, but no evidence was discovered that Ilyumzhinov himself was in any way responsible.[34][35][36] On October 24, 2010, Ilyumzhinov was replaced by Alexey Orlov as the new Head of Kalmykia. Since 2008, Anatoly Kozachko has been President of the Parliament, the People's Khural. The current[when?] Prime Minister of Kalmykia
Kalmykia
is Lyudmila Ivanovna. All the three top politicians belong to the Kremlin's "United Russia" Party.[37] Economy[edit]

Kalmykia
Kalmykia
promotional tourism postcard.

Kalmykia
Kalmykia
has a developed agricultural sector. Other developed industries include the food processing and oil and gas industries. As most of Kalmykia
Kalmykia
is arid, irrigation is necessary for agriculture. The Chernye Zemli Irrigation Scheme (Черноземельская оросительная система) in southern Kalmykia
Kalmykia
receives water from the Caucasian rivers Terek and Kuma via a chain of canals: water flows from the Terek to the Kuma via the Terek-Kuma Canal, then to the Chogray Reservoir
Chogray Reservoir
on the East Manych River
Manych River
via the Kuma-Manych Canal, and finally into Kalmykia's steppes over the Chernye Zemli Main Canal, constructed in the 1970s.[38] Annual budget: revenues and expenditures: about $100 million. Annual oil production: about 200,000 metric tonnes. Education[edit] Kalmyk State University is the largest higher education facility in the republic. Emigration and culture[edit] The Kalmyks
Kalmyks
of Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan
live primarily in the Karakol
Karakol
region of eastern Kyrgyzstan. They are referred to as Sart Kalmyks. The origin of this name is unknown. Likewise, it is not known when, why and from where this small group of Kalmyks
Kalmyks
migrated to eastern Kyrgyzstan. Due to their minority status, the Sart Kalmyks
Kalmyks
have adopted the Kyrgyz language and culture of the majority Kyrgyz population. As a result, nearly all now are Muslims. Although Sart Kalmyks
Kalmyks
are Muslims, Kalmyks
Kalmyks
elsewhere, by and large, remain faithful to the Gelugpa
Gelugpa
Order of Tibetan Buddhism. In Kalmykia, for example, the Gelugpa
Gelugpa
Order with the assistance of the government has constructed numerous Buddhist
Buddhist
temples. In addition, the Kalmyk people recognize Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama
as their spiritual leader and Erdne Ombadykow, a Kalmyk American, as the supreme lama of the Kalmyk people. The Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama
has visited Elista
Elista
on a number of occasions. The Kalmyks
Kalmyks
have also established communities in the United States, primarily in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
and New Jersey. The majority are descended from those Kalmyks
Kalmyks
who fled from Russia
Russia
in late 1920 to France, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and, later, Germany. Many of those Kalmyks living in Germany at the end of World War II were eventually granted passage to the United States.

Traditional instruments include the dombra.

As a consequence of their decades-long migration through Europe, many older Kalmyks
Kalmyks
are fluent in German, French, and Serbo-Croatian, in addition to Russian and their native Kalmyk language. There are several Kalmyk Buddhist
Buddhist
temples in Monmouth County, New Jersey, where the vast majority of American Kalmyks
Kalmyks
reside, as well as a Tibetan Buddhist
Buddhist
Learning Center and monastery in Washington Township, New Jersey. At one point during the 20th century, there was a Kalmyk Buddhist
Buddhist
temple in Belgrade, Serbia. The word Kalmyk means 'those who remained'. Its origin is unknown but this name was known centuries before a large part of the Kalmyks
Kalmyks
moved back from the Volga River
Volga River
to Dzhungaria
Dzhungaria
in the 18th century. There are three cultural subgroups within the Kalmyk nation: Turguts, Durbets (Durwets), and Buzavs (Oirats, who joined the Russian Cossacks), as well as some villages of Hoshouts and Zungars. The Durbets subgroup includes the Chonos tribe (literally meaning "a tribe of the wolf", also called "Shonos", "Chinos", "A-Shino", or "A-Chino"), which is considered[by whom?] to be one of the most ancient tribes in the world, dating back to the 6th to 11th century. Kalmykia
Kalmykia
staged the 2006 World Chess Championship
World Chess Championship
between Veselin Topalov and Vladimir Kramnik.[39] Most of the Republic of Kalmykia
Kalmykia
lies in the Caspian Depression, a low-lying region up to 27 meters (89 ft) below sea level. See also[edit]

Music of Kalmykia Buddhism
Buddhism
in Kalmykia

References[edit] Notes[edit]

^ Law #44-I-Z ^ Президент Российской Федерации. Указ №849 от 13 мая 2000 г. «О полномочном представителе Президента Российской Федерации в федеральном округе». Вступил в силу 13 мая 2000 г. Опубликован: "Собрание законодательства РФ", №20, ст. 2112, 15 мая 2000 г. (President of the Russian Federation. Decree #849 of May 13, 2000 On the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in a Federal District. Effective as of May 13, 2000.). ^ Госстандарт Российской Федерации. №ОК 024-95 27 декабря 1995 г. «Общероссийский классификатор экономических регионов. 2. Экономические районы», в ред. Изменения №5/2001 ОКЭР. ( Gosstandart of the Russian Federation. #OK 024-95 December 27, 1995 Russian Classification of Economic Regions. 2. Economic Regions, as amended by the Amendment #5/2001 OKER. ). ^ Decree of July 29, 1958 ^ Official website of the Head of the Republic of Kalmykia. Alexey Maratovich Orlov (in Russian) ^ Steppe Code (Constitution) of the Republic of Kalmykia, Article 25 ^ Steppe Code (Constitution) of the Republic of Kalmykia, Article 33 ^ Федеральная служба государственной статистики (Federal State Statistics Service) (2004-05-21). "Территория, число районов, населённых пунктов и сельских администраций по субъектам Российской Федерации (Territory, Number of Districts, Inhabited Localities, and Rural Administration by Federal Subjects of the Russian Federation)". Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года (All- Russia
Russia
Population Census of 2002) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved 2011-11-01.  ^ a b c d Russian Federal State Statistics Service (2011). "Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года. Том 1" [2010 All-Russian Population Census, vol. 1]. Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года (2010 All- Russia
Russia
Population Census) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved June 29, 2012.  ^ The density value was calculated by dividing the population reported by the 2010 Census by the area shown in the "Area" field. Please note that this value may not be accurate as the area specified in the infobox is not necessarily reported for the same year as the population. ^ Republic of Kalmykia
Kalmykia
Territorial Branch of the Federal State Statistics Service. Численность постоянного населения Республики Калмыкия по городам и районам на 01.01.2014 года (in Russian) ^ Правительство Российской Федерации. Федеральный закон №107-ФЗ от 3 июня 2011 г. «Об исчислении времени», в ред. Федерального закона №271-ФЗ от 03 июля 2016 г. «О внесении изменений в Федеральный закон "Об исчислении времени"». Вступил в силу по истечении шестидесяти дней после дня официального опубликования (6 августа 2011 г.). Опубликован: "Российская газета", №120, 6 июня 2011 г. (Government of the Russian Federation. Federal Law #107-FZ of June 31, 2011 On Calculating Time, as amended by the Federal Law #271-FZ of July 03, 2016 On Amending Federal Law "On Calculating Time". Effective as of after sixty days following the day of the official publication.). ^ Official throughout the Russian Federation
Russian Federation
according to Article 68.1 of the Constitution of Russia. ^ Steppe Code (Constitution) of the Republic of Kalmykia, Article 17: Государственными языками в Республике Калмыкия являются калмыцкий и русский языки. [The official languages of the Republic of Kalmykia
Kalmykia
are the Kalmyk and Russian languages.] ^ "Earth to Kalmykia, come in please". The Economist. 18 December 1997.  ^ Brendan, Koerner. "How Buddhism
Buddhism
Got to Russia". The Slate Group. Retrieved 18 January 2016.  ^ Arena – Atlas of Religions and Nationalities in Russia. Sreda.org ^ Robert L. Worden and Andrea Matles Savada. "Caught Between the Russians
Russians
and the Manchus". Mongolia
Mongolia
a Country Study. GPO for the Library of Congress. Retrieved 13 February 2011. CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link) ^ Isvestia, Moscow, July 24, 1919 ^ Dorzha Arbakov, 'The Kalmyks' in Nikolai Dekker and Andrei Lebed, (Eds) Genocide in the USSR, Chapter II, Complete Destruction of National Groups as Groups, Series I, No. 40, (Institute for the Study of the USSR, 1958), p. 90. ^ Bawden, C.R. The Modern History of Mongolia, Frederick A. Praeger, Publishers, New York, (1968). ^ Meyer, Karl E. and Brysac, Shareen Blair. Tournament of Shadows, Counterpoint, Washington, DC, (1999) ^ a b XX зууны 20, 30-аад онд халимагуудын 98 хувь аймшигт өлсгөлөнд автсан (Mongolian) ^ [1] ^ "USHMM Receives Lost Archives from Kalmyk Republic of the Russian Federation Detailing Previously Unknown Atrocities". United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. December 22, 2000. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 9, 2015.  ^ Republic of Kalmykia
Kalmykia
History ^ Polian, P.M.; Pobol', N.L., eds. (2005). Stalinskie deportatsii 1928–1953. Rossiia. XX vek. Dokumenty (in Russian). Moscow: Mezhdunarodnyi fond "Demokratiia"; Maternik. pp. 410–34. ISBN 5-85646-143-6. OCLC 65289542.  ^ Russian Federal State Statistics Service (May 21, 2004). "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек" [Population of Russia, Its Federal Districts, Federal Subjects, Districts, Urban Localities, Rural Localities—Administrative Centers, and Rural Localities with Population of Over 3,000] (XLS). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года [All-Russia Population Census of 2002] (in Russian). Retrieved August 9, 2014.  ^ Demoscope Weekly (1989). "Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 г. Численность наличного населения союзных и автономных республик, автономных областей и округов, краёв, областей, районов, городских поселений и сёл-райцентров" [All Union Population Census of 1989: Present Population of Union and Autonomous Republics, Autonomous Oblasts and Okrugs, Krais, Oblasts, Districts, Urban Settlements, and Villages Serving as District Administrative Centers]. Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 года [All-Union Population Census of 1989] (in Russian). Институт демографии Национального исследовательского университета: Высшая школа экономики [Institute of Demography at the National Research University: Higher School of Economics]. Retrieved August 9, 2014.  ^ Перепись-2010: русских становится больше. Perepis-2010.ru (2011-12-19). Retrieved on 2013-07-28. ^ Demoscope.ru ^ a b c "Arena: Atlas of Religions and Nationalities in Russia". Sreda, 2012. ^ 2012 Arena Atlas Religion Maps. "Ogonek", № 34 (5243), 27/08/2012. Retrieved 21/04/2017. Archived. ^ World Press Freedom Review Archived March 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. ^ In Russia, many conform, few resist ^ Kalder. Lost Cosmonaut, p70. ^ http://gov.kalmregion.ru/ – See the web site of the Government of Kalmykia
Kalmykia
with links. ^ "What Kalmykia's economy is based on" (in Russian) ^ Rohrer, Finlo (2006) "Game of kings takes centre stage"

Sources[edit]

Конституционное Собрание Республики Калмыкия. 5 апреля 1994 г. «Степное Уложение (Конституция) Республики Калмыкия», в ред. Закона №358-IV-З от 29 июня 2012 г. «О внесении изменений в отдельные законодательные акты Республики Калмыкия по вопросам проведения выборов Главы Республики Калмыкия». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования в газетах "Хальмг Унн" и "Известия Калмыкии". Опубликован: "Известия Калмыкии", №60, 7 апреля 1994 г. (Constitutional Assembly of the Republic of Kalmykia. April 5, 1994 Steppe Code (Constitution) of the Republic of Kalmykia, as amended by the Law #358-IV-Z of June 29, 2012 On Amending Various Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kalmykia
Kalmykia
on the Issues of Organization of the Elections of the Head of the Republic of Kalmykia. Effective as of the day of the official publications in the Khalmg Unn" and "Izvestiya Kalmykii" newspapers.). Народный Хурал (Парламент) Республики Калмыкия. Закон №44-I-З от 14 июня 1996 г. «О государственных символах Республики Калмыкия», в ред. Закона №152-IV-З от 18 ноября 2009 г. «О внесении изменения в Закон Республики Калмыкия "О государственных символах Республики Калмыкия"». Вступил в силу с момента опубликования. Опубликован: "Ведомости Народного Хурала (Парламента) Республики Калмыкия",

№2, стр. 113, 1997 г. (People's Khural (Parliament) of the Republic of Kalmykia. Law #44-I-Z of June 14, 1996 On the Symbols of State of the Republic of Kalmykia, as amended by the Law #152-IV-Z of November 18, 2009 On Amending the Law of the Republic of Kalmykia
Kalmykia
"On the Symbols of State of the Republic of Kalmykia". Effective as of the moment of publication.).

Президиум Верховного Совета СССР. Указ от 29 июля 1958 г. «О преобразовании Калмыцкой автономной области в Калмыцкую Автономную Советскую Социалистическую Республику». ( Presidium of the Supreme Soviet
Presidium of the Supreme Soviet
of the USSR. Decree of July 29, 1958 On the Transformation of Kalmyk Autonomous Oblast into the Kalmyk Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. ).

Further reading[edit]

Arbakov, Dorzha. Genocide in the USSR, Chapter II, Complete Destruction of National Groups as Groups, The Kalmyks, Nikolai Dekker and Andrei Lebed, Editors, Series I, No. 40, Institute for the Study of the USSR, Munich, 1958. Balinov, Shamba. Genocide in the USSR, Chapter V, Attempted Destruction of Other Religious Groups, The Kalmyk Buddhists, Nikolai Dekker and Andrei Lebed, Editors, Series I, No. 40, Institute for the Study of the USSR, Munich, 1958. Bethell, Nicholas. The Last Secret, Futura Publications Limited, Great Britain, 1974. Corfield, Justin. The History of Kalmykia: from Ancient times to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
and Aleksey Orlov, Australia, 2015. [The first major history of Kalmykia
Kalmykia
in English, heavily illustrated, and drawing on interviews with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Nicholas Ilyumzhinov and Aleksey Orlov amongst others.] Epstein, Julius. Operation Keelhaul, Devin-Adair, Connecticut, 1973. Grousset, René. The Empire of the Steppes: a History of Central Asia, Rutgers University Press, 1970. Halkovic, Jr., Stephen A. The Mongols of the West, Indiana University Uralic and Altaic Series, Volume 148, Larry Moses, Editor, Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1985. Joachim Hoffmann: Deutsche und Kalmyken 1942 bis 1945, Rombach Verlag, Friedberg, 1986. Kalder, Daniel. Lost Cosmonaut: Observations of an Anti-tourist Muñoz, Antonio J. The East Came West: Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist Volunteers in the German Armed Forces, 1941–1945, Chapter 8, Followers of "The Greater Way": Kalmück Volunteers in the German Army, Antonio J. Muñoz, Editor, Axis Europa Books, Bayside, NY, 2001. Tolstoy, Nikolai. The Secret Betrayal, 1944–1947, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1977.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kalmykia.

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Kalmykia.

Official website of the Republic of Kalmykia
Kalmykia
(in Russian) News from Kalmykia
Kalmykia
(English) Official website of the Kalmyk diplomatic representation at the President of the Russian Federation
Russian Federation
(in English)(in Russian) Tourism in Kalmykia News about life in Kalmykia
Kalmykia
(Russian) Official website of the Kalmyk State University (in Russian) News Agency of the Republic of Kalmykia
Kalmykia
(in English)(in Russian) Ethnologue report on Kalmyk language Forum of Kalmyk Internet Community Kalmyk Portal Web- Portal
Portal
of the Interregional Not-for-Profit Organization "The Leaders of Kalmykia" Mistaken Foreign Myths about Shambhala The man who bought chess, The Observer 29 October 2006 The Buddhist
Buddhist
hordes of Kalmykia, The Guardian
The Guardian
September 19, 2006 Kalmyk Buddhist
Buddhist
Temple in Belgrade
Belgrade
(1929–1944) Czech republics, New Humanist
New Humanist
November–December, 2007 Lagansky Express free bulletin board of the city Lagan Caspian fish City Lagan The nature of Kalmykia
Kalmykia
Video Photographs of Buddhist
Buddhist
sites in Kalmykia
Kalmykia
and in Central Asia

v t e

Subdivisions of Russia

Federal subjects

Republics

Adygea Altai Bashkortostan Buryatia Chechnya Chuvashia Crimea1 Dagestan Ingushetia Kabardino-Balkaria Kalmykia Karachay-Cherkessia Karelia Khakassia Komi Mari El Mordovia North Ossetia-Alania Sakha Tatarstan Tuva Udmurtia

Krais

Altai Kamchatka Khabarovsk Krasnodar Krasnoyarsk Perm Primorsky Stavropol Zabaykalsky

Oblasts

Amur Arkhangelsk Astrakhan Belgorod Bryansk Chelyabinsk Irkutsk Ivanovo Kaliningrad Kaluga Kemerovo Kirov Kostroma Kurgan Kursk Leningrad Lipetsk Magadan Moscow Murmansk Nizhny Novgorod Novgorod Novosibirsk Omsk Orenburg Oryol Penza Pskov Rostov Ryazan Sakhalin Samara Saratov Smolensk Sverdlovsk Tambov Tomsk Tula Tver Tyumen Ulyanovsk Vladimir Volgograd Vologda Voronezh Yaroslavl

Federal cities

Moscow St. Petersburg Sevastopol1

Autonomous oblast

Jewish

Autonomous okrugs

Chukotka Khanty-Mansi2 Nenets3 Yamalo-Nenets2

1Claimed by Ukraine
Ukraine
and considered by most of the international community to be part of Ukraine 2Administratively subordinated to Tyumen Oblast 3Administratively subordinated to Arkhangelsk Oblast

Internal additional non-constitutional divisions by different institutions

Economic regions (by Ministry of Economic Development) Military districts (by Ministry of Defence) Federal districts (by President) Judicial districts (by law "On arbitration courts")

v t e

Administrative divisions of the Republic of Kalmykia

Capital: Elista

Cities and towns

Elista Gorodovikovsk Lagan

Administrative-territorial formation with special status

Chess City
Chess City
(Gorod Shakhmat)

Districts

Chernozemelsky Gorodovikovsky Iki-Burulsky Ketchenerovsky Lagansky Maloderbetovsky Oktyabrsky Priyutnensky Sarpinsky Tselinny Yashaltinsky Yashkulsky Yustinsky

v t e

History of Russia
Russia
by federal subject

Republics

Adygea Altai Bashkortostan Buryatia Chechnya Chuvashia Crimea1 Dagestan Ingushetia Kabardino-Balkaria Kalmykia Karachay-Cherkessia Karelia Khakassia Komi Mari El Mordovia North Ossetia-Alania Sakha Tatarstan Tuva Udmurtia

Krais

Altai Kamchatka Khabarovsk Krasnodar Krasnoyarsk Perm Primorsky Stavropol Zabaykalsky

Oblasts

Amur Arkhangelsk Astrakhan Belgorod Bryansk Chelyabinsk Irkutsk Ivanovo Kaliningrad Kaluga Kemerovo Kirov Kostroma Kurgan Kursk Leningrad Lipetsk Magadan Moscow Murmansk Nizhny Novgorod Novgorod Novosibirsk Omsk Orenburg Oryol Penza Pskov Rostov Ryazan Sakhalin Samara Saratov Smolensk Sverdlovsk Tambov Tomsk Tula Tver Tyumen Ulyanovsk Vladimir Volgograd Vologda Voronezh Yaroslavl

Federal cities

Moscow St. Petersburg Sevastopol1

Autonomous oblasts

Jewish

Autonomous okrugs

Chukotka Khanty-Mansi Nenets Yamalo-Nenets

1 Recognized by most states a

.