About this collection

The Kalmyks have a remarkable history. The movement of Oirat tribes, the ancestors of the Kalmyks, from the Jungar steppes to what is today Kalmykia was gradual, involving military confrontations with various tribes on their way. Following the abolishment of the Kalmyk Khanate (1630-1771), their military tradition was carried on by Kalmyk Cossack regiments, which were part of wider Cossack military communities of the Don, Ural, Astrakhan, Stavropol, and Orenburg.

This video collection hosts interviews with Kalmyks who talk about historical events, people, heroes, beliefs and many other topics.

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