The town Kosh-Agach, situated in Altai republic, was founded by Russian merchants in the far 1820 for trading with the Asian countries. It was the last Russian trade putlet on the path to Mongolia and China, and in the 1880s it even became the Part of China for some time. Now it is the biggest settlement of Altai and the driest inhabited place in Russian Federation. Also it is one of a few places in Russia where people breed camels.
Buy the way, most of the population of the town are Kazakhs, so it's not a secret that Russia is a multicultural state.
On some pictures you can see the rain - very rare phenomenon for this place.