12 A Trip To The Republic of Kalmykia

A Trip To The Republic of Kalmykia

Posted on November 30, 2010 by team

In this article we are going to tell you about one part of the big auto race from Russia to Georgia, to be more precise, about the Republic of Kalmykia and its capital – Elista.

The whole route of the auto race.

The landscapes on the way to Elista were quite boring and monotonous – fields, forests and watermelon street vendors…

Entering the Republic of Kalmykia.

And here is Elista itself.

Once, Elista held a Chess Olympiad, but it was very long ago…

Clouds there are very nice!

Local citizens.

Elista is considered to be the capital of chess. But actually, there is no great chessboard with beautiful fretted pieces – just a 5×5 meter field with cheap plastic chess pieces – like in average hotels in Turkey or Egypt…

Elista’s pride is the largest Buddhist temple in the republic – “the Golden Cloister of Buddha Shakjamuni” where the highest in Europe Buddha statue is situated.

The temple was built 5 years ago and represents a gorgeous building, where public prayers, rituals and festive divine services are held.

But the quality of the temple is quite low – some walls have not been completed yet, and somewhere tile is already peeling off…

The worship hall with the 12-meters-high Buddha statue. The statue is covered with tinsel and incrusted with diamonds.

The most honorable job in Kalmykia is welder! A welder will always find what to do – for example to weld weird constructions from pipes of different section.

Finally the trip to Kalmykia is over…

Location: Kalmykia, Russia

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12 Responses to “A Trip To The Republic of Kalmykia”

  1. Hellahulla says:

    That’s a wide expansive nation with little spots of civilisation, reminds me of home a bit. Are the people majority Buddhists?

  2. FührerBunker.AT says:

    F. Bunker here.

    Looks like a Advertistment fo a car

  3. POCTOB says:


  4. Chris says:


    Surprised that the roads are decent and the cars too.

    Pretty Kalmychki!

  5. xoxo says:

    looks like a very nice country with beautyful skies.

  6. CZenda says:

    Do they still have the checkpoints on the roads, or was it a random policeman?

  7. Ivan says:

    Kalmykia is a republic with the highest poverty level 37% in all the federation, way ahead of the over the country level of 17% and a lot worse than the most rich russian region Janti-Mansi Autonomic Comunity with only 7,5% of the pour people there, the difference between this to republics with the majority of the population that is not ethnical russians – one of it has gas and oil and another one a lot of gruss in the field

  8. asteroid no. 444 says:

    I like looking at clouds! (I’m up in the clouds)

  9. Akskl says:

    All Kalmyks were deported during the WWII to Siberia where almost half of them perished, their republic was eliminated. Kalmyks were allowed to return back to their homes, and their republic was restored few years after Stalin’s death.

  10. visitor says:

    Nice photos but one minus: guys are too focused on their cars. Are they showing the country photos or want to show everybody their machines? It’s common for ex-communist countries. Car is not a tool, it’s a showoff.

  11. THE says:

    I do not know much about economics, banking, and finance, but I have an opinion.

    If a company pays taxes, then the buyer pays for those taxes, because it will increase the price of the item.

    There should be a 10% goods and services tax on most things, and this would prevent a lot tax evasion.

    American Corporations could sell at a lower price and hire people in other countries, because they do not pay tax.

    Once again, I will say that economics, banking, and finance are not my areas of expertise, but if China and Russia start using American Dollars again, will this affect the EU’s debtor nations’ ability to pay back the loan?

    Could this make the EU to some extent the puppets of those who decide to trade in American Dollars rather than other currencies?

    There are proper economists in Serbia, but we all know that the Serbian Government is infested with Puppets, Traitors, and Janissaries, that have been entrenched in Serbia since the Ottoman Era, and perfected during the Tito Era.

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