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Come to Agul to Make Life-Long Friends

Stories about Dagestani hospitality can sometimes seem too pretentious. The picture is sometimes painted of locals always ready to receive unknown travelers seems too good to be true. But, in the mountains especially, this is in fact the case. In Dagestan, locals will...
Family

Прививать суровость: Воспитание сыновей в Чечне

Впервые я услышал об особенностях отношений между чеченскими отцами и сыновьями на сельской свадьбе. Я сидел за столом с десятком, или около того, молодых чеченцев, когда Усман, один из молодых людей, сказал: «Храбрость нашего народа исчезнет, если отцы начнут...

Growing Up Tough: Raising Sons in Chechnya

I first heard about the dynamic between Chechen fathers and their sons while at a village wedding. I was gathered around a table with a dozen or so young Chechen men when Usman, one of the young men, said, “The bravery of our nation would disappear if fathers started...

History

Exploring Ancient Fossil Records in Dagestan

Streams and rivers without number cut through the ravines of Dagestan’s sharp mountain peaks. Crouching down next to any one of them, Omar Hapisov can lift a rock from the riverbed and identify the geological layers of rock in the steep ridges above him. He’s been...

City of the Dead – Preserving One’s Culture

The Balkar people of southern Russia have lived in the shadow of the highest mountain in Europe for more than a thousand years. Like many minority people groups across the world, their heritage is slowly giving way to the formidable trends of urbanization and...

Слёзы Балкарских Матерей

Восьмое Марта признано во всем мире Международным женским днем и является государственным праздником в России. По жестокой и ироничной случайности, в этот же день, в 1944 году всё балкарское население Северного Кавказа было насильно депортировано со своей исторической...

Tears of Balkar Mothers

March 8 is recognized the world over as International Women’s Day and is a national holiday in Russia. In a cruel and ironic twist of history, it is also the day when in 1944 the entire Balkar population of the North Caucasus were forcibly deported from their...

Places

Village Above the Clouds

Kurush, located in southern Dagestan, Russia, is the highest inhabited point in Europe. Its elevation is 2560 meters above sea level. Water boils here at 90 degrees Celsius. The air, however, is still comfortable for breathing.Kurush is surrounded by four peaks higher...

Wonders of the Steppe

Just before the Volga – Europe’s longest river – breaks apart into a thousand tributaries and discharges into the Caspian Sea, it flows past two of Russia’s most unusual geographic phenomen: Bogdo Mountain and its salt lake neighbor, Baskunchak. Both are natural...

Погоня за Приключениями в Дагестане

Это случилось летом 2014 года, на второй день похода в горах Дагестана, на юго-западе России. Нас было пятеро – я и четверо моих друзей – мы только что прошли изгиб дороги, когда стая из 10 кавказских овчарок учуяла наш запах и начала приближаться к нам. Начавшись как...

Chasing Adventure in Dagestan

It was the summer of 2014 and the second day of hiking through the rugged, raw wilderness of Dagestan in the southwest corner of Russia. The five of us – myself and four friends – had just come through a bend in the road when a pack of 10 or so ovchakey caught our...

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