Monday, April 22, 2013

Kalmykia

That "barren patch of Russian territory along the Caspian Sea" is where Tamerlan Tsarnaev was born, according to his aunt, quoted in an article quoted by Steve Sailer in this post — Diversity is their strength in Dagestan. ["Dagestan should stand as an object lesson to the DC-NY-Cambridge conventional wisdom about the benefits of multiculturalism," writes Mr. Sailer. "Everybody in Dagestan knows that diversity is their weakness. The lack of solidarity keeps the place futile and backward."]

Back to neighboring Kalmykia, which "is the only Buddhist region in Europe." Made up of Kalmyks, whose name means "remnant," descended from Mongols, who haven't really caused much trouble since the 14th Century, and Russians, she is far less diverse than her neighbor Dagestan. This may contribute to why the former "has become well known as an international center for chess" and the latter infamous for "low-level Islamic insurgency, occasional outbreaks of separatism, ethnic tensions and terrorism since the 1990s."

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